Tired of the men in your life interrupting you? There’s an app for that.
App developer BETC in São Paulo, Brazil created “Woman Interrupted,” which is recording software to use on your smartphone to analyze how often a man interrupts you in casual conversations or arguments.
BETC refers to “manterruptions” as “one of the types of violence against women” and “a sexist behavior.” They use the example of the 2016 election in which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interrupted by now-President Donald Trump 51 times during the first presidential debate.
Co-CEO of BETC Gal Barradas said, “At first glance, it may seem a small problem, but reflects deeper issues of gender inequality at work and in society. The application is a way to show that, in fact, the disruption is real and alarming.”
In a press release, BETC states that “the goal of the Interrupted Woman App is to broaden the debate around the Manterrupting. The novelty also aims to raise awareness of the male audience, which often does not recognize the behavior.”
A George Washington University study from 2014 found that women are interrupted more than men.
Barradas believes that manterrupting is hurting women’s performances in the workplace by devaluing their participation in meetings and presentations.
“We women struggle daily to succeed in our market space and the right to express ourselves. When we got there, the Manterrupting does reduce our participation. We want men to ask, am I doing it without realizing it? After all, what good is having more women in a meeting room if no one listens to what they have to say?”
If you don’t care about sensitive information being recorded by a third-party platform, you can use “Woman Interrupted” to record your conversations and determine if you’re being interrupted by your male counterpart.
And while the app only records conversations and provides feedback, it’s up to the user to determine how to proceed with telling their partner on how to deal with the issue.
Watch a full demonstration below: