Beth Breslaw Conducts 'Manslamming' Experiment, Recounts Feeling 'Invisible'

'Manslamming': When Women Don't Move Out Of Men's Way On The Street

The "man-" section of the cultural dictionary is getting crowded.

This week, recently identified phenomena "mansplaining" and "manspreading" were joined by "manslamming."

The term was introduced by New York Magazine's Jessica Roy to describe a common scenario: Should a woman not move out of the way for a striding man on a crowded block, he will collide into her. Behind the theory was the experiment of Beth Breslaw, a 25-year-old labor organizer, who resolved not to move out of way for oncoming pedestrians on a sidewalk. The result? Frequent collisions with men.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Friday, Breslaw discussed her findings.

"It was definitely more often men bumping into me," she recounted. "Obviously women bumped into me, but when women bumped into me, they had some kind of response, like very irritated. But men didn't even notice, I guess, or didn't acknowledge it at all. Didn't react to it at all."

Breslaw said she found it less offensive when colliders at least acknowledged having bumped into her, rather than ignore the fact it happened.

"I think everybody is guilty of being a little bit oblivious," she said. "In my case, I was oblivious of the fact that I was always moving over. It never occurred to me that I was the one always moving over on the street."

By carrying on her path, she hoped others would notice and accommodate her, but such proved to not be the case.

"It's like I was invisible," she said.

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