This bingo card of excuses for not having more female speakers dates back to 2012 (thanks, genderavenger) but the  and hashtags are just now starting to take off.

Female Conference Speaker Bingo: Because making excuses is way easier than making progress

There was also a Tumblr thing, and various articles on “implicit bias” and lists of women experts., and pledge for dudes not to appear on manels.

And BBC News now calls it a “manel”, so I guess that part is official, in spite of the snotty tags on the WP article.

genderavenger-iconHmm, @genderavenger is on Twitter.


But wait, what’s this, manel is a VERB???!?  NO. That’s just going too far.



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