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Feature Christmas 2018

A lexicon for gender bias in academia and medicine

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 13 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5218
  1. Esther K Choo, emergency doctor and associate professor1,
  2. Robert F DeMayo, radiologist and assistant professor2,
  3. Glaucomflecken, ophthalmologist and writer
  1. 1Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
  2. 2Imaging Services, VA Portland Health Care System, USA
  1. Correspondence to: echomd{at}

Mansplaining is the tip of the iceberg

Many of the experiences of women in the workforce are so patterned and commonplace they have spawned an emerging vocabulary, which includes terms like mansplaining (explaining something in a condescending or patronising way, typically to a woman),1 bropropriation (when a man takes credit for a woman’s idea),2 manel (a panel of speakers populated entirely by men),3 and himpathy (the “inappropriate and disproportionate sympathy powerful men often enjoy in cases of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, homicide, and other misogynistic behavior”).4 Here, we propose a number of additions to the vernacular, which are likely to remain relevant for the foreseeable future.5

  • Andropoly: Self perpetuating, male dominant leadership within an industry or organisation …

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