Are you a woman who feels like you are always interrupted by a man? Well, there’s now an app that will prove just how much a user gets “manterrupted.”
Inspired by none other than President Donald Trump, Woman Interrupted is the app that lets users know the rates in which men cut off and overpower women while they are speaking.
Launched this week in celebration of International Women’s Day, Woman Interrupted works by using the smartphone microphone to detect voices in a conversation.
For female users, the app will detect whenever male voice interrupts. For male users, it will alert them whenever they interrupt a female. Just launch the app and press record.
The app even shows the points of the conversation where the users interrupted at in a graph form, as well as giving daily, weekly, monthly and yearly stats of how many times they weren’t able to finish their thoughts.
(Photo : BETC São Paulo)
Those worried about their privacy don’t have to fear because Woman Interrupted does not record the audio. Instead the voices go from sound strictly to data.
This app help women figure out and help reduce being manterrupted, the term the developer’s came up with that means when men interrupt women unnecessarily.
“This behavior stops women from expressing their ideas at work, at home and in society as a whole,” they write in the app’s description.
Developed by agency BETC São Paulo, the inspiration behind Woman Interrupted partially has to do with the first presidential debate, where now President Donald Trump interrupted then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a record number of 51 times.
The goal of the app is to show that the sexiest phenomenon of manterrupted happens more than people might think. The developers also want to spark more debate over the behavior while aiming to put an end to it.
“At first glance, it may seen like a small problem, but it reflect deeper issues of gender inequality at work and in society,” Gal Barradas, founder and Co-CEO of BETC São Paulo said in press release. “The app is a way of showing that, in fact, the interruption is real and alarming.
And those who might argue manterruption isn’t a real problem women face, consider this. A recent study published in Journal of Language and Social Psychology found that men interrupt women 23 percent more then they interrupt men.
It could very well be like men don’t even realize they are guilty of this sexist behavior.
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