Equality is humanity's Holy Grail, the cornerstone of most value systems, but we have yet to reap all of its rewards. Sure, our society has tremendously evolved for the better during the last, say, 100 years, but a long journey is still ahead, and the vast array of double standards that still divide people to this day highlight this perfectly.

The double standard definition states that it is a rule or a principle applied to different people or groups. The most prominent case of double standard examples to this day come from gender equality. What's usually okay for men, is not acceptable when done by women. Starting with beach attire and ending with lady bosses, society finds unnecessary ways to chime in about what's wrong and what's right.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of insightful illustrations that uncover the uncomfortable truth behind some everyday life situations, and it's (mildly) disturbing how accurate they are. Judging by these images, it's clear that sometimes terms like 'gender equality' are reduced to no more than a catchphrase. Scroll down to see the proof for yourself, and vote for your favorites.

#1

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David Horsey Report

Etienne Pisano 2 years ago

So true!!!! :-(

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#2

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beiibis Report

Carris Butcher 2 years ago

I get fake geek girl all the time! I wear big glasses, I dress differently and I do occasionally play games. People I know say I'm trying to be a fake geek girl or gamer girl and I have no idea what they mean. I'm not trying to be anything I'm just comfy this way! I'm glad it's not just me who experiences this

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#3

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Scott Metzger Report

Zori the degu 2 years ago

Woman's face though: "I live among idiots. Honestly, do you think that I want your f***ing opinion?"

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#4

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Archie Comics Report

Zori the degu 2 years ago

Summed up in six pictures!

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#5

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Anna Maria Jung Report

coffee zombie 2 years ago

Let's blame this one on Hollywood.

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#6

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Sunny Street Report

Aahzmandus Pervect 2 years ago

Finally, one where the man isn't an a**hole!

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#7

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radrangy Report

Isabel Tamayo 2 years ago

You go girl!

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#8

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AlexandraDal Report

Ana T. 2 years ago

so true lol

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#9

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Chaunie Brusie Report

Zori the degu 2 years ago

That's really annoying. I only have an experience as a passer-by or a witness but I can say some people indeed are narrow-minded enough to act like that.

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#10

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Robot Hugs Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

Double standards both ways in one comic. Finally <3

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#11

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beiibis Report

Liliana V 2 years ago

The fact that they are both eating the same thing in the same portion size just really makes this extra sad.

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#12

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xkcd Report

Eglė Liubinaitė 2 years ago

Fuk this stereotype, I'm the best at math in my class :p

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#13

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thecooperreview Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

That reminds me of the man who made the experience of signing all his emails by a female name for a week to talk about gender inequality in doing business. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-happened-when-a-man-signed-work-emails-using-a-female-name-for-a-week_us_58c2ce53e4b054a0ea6a4066

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#14

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Kate Ordie Comics Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

So damn true. One time I overheard my coworkers talking and these two guys were discussing about "girls who put makeup are so insecure, it's like they couldn't even go out without makeup if their life depended on it". Then another day in the same week, I was so tired I decided not to put makeup. The very same guy saying this was like "omg what happened to your face?". Yeah no wonder why women are "so insecure"...

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#15

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shortpacked Report

Chelsea Kunkle 2 years ago

Arcee from the 1986 Transformers movie 😄 300px-Arce...FMovie.jpg 300px-ArceeTFMovie.jpg

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#16

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Brown Paperbag Report

Jade B 2 years ago

Can I just say that I love the art style of this one? <3

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#17

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For Better Or For Worse Report

coffee zombie 2 years ago

Women don't get round, they get curvy in all the right places. And that's sexy af.

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#18

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Matt Bors Report

Ivana 2 years ago

This election just wrecked me, all hope was lost.

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#19

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Immer Report

Ja Legge 2 years ago

That's true. Girls get bashed if she slept with a guy then that guy spreads a rumor abt them. Guy gets cheered on and a girl gets bashed.

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#20

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deadeyedplasticdesktoy Report

Daria B 2 years ago

If you're a true pro-life, instead of blaming a stranger, do something towards building a society where abortion is not needed. Same goes for (extremist) pro-choicers - instead of hating on some women's decisions, let's do something towards building society where abortion is not something a womam does because "she had no other choice".

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#21

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kendrawcandraw Report

Captain Planet 2 years ago

I think only women have a problem with this. I can't imagine guy's really finding this a big deal. XD Also on the beach people sunbathe topless as well so. As far as armpit hair. Well you're free to do it. But people are also free to not find you attractive then. But there are all kinds of things people find attractive and not attractive so I don't really see a problem.

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#22

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Razzy Report

Helen Burgess 2 years ago

very well done! and the girl in the second instance doesn't even get a speech-bubble, let alone a date!

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#23

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lingerieandlibraries Report

Laetitia 2 years ago

True

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#24

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Brown Paperbag Report

Kristin 2 years ago

Why are people like that?! When boys get laid everyone is proud! When girls get it they get punished!

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#25

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Rasenth Report

Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

The second one will always be an idiotic statement, for both male and female. I hear it a lot, yet don't understand why it's a race to get intimate with another person. It's a personal experience and (can be) something special, on top of that: It's none of another's business, and if those think it is, they're the ones leading a sad life. Sure, the term "Lucky at cards, unlucky in love" is on it's place in this regard, but luck can switch lanes now and then.

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#26

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howbabycomic Report

Sheila Stamey 2 years ago

Have we totally forgotten how milf went ? Not that that was great but, seriously ? Which one do we pick? Can we just be who we are, male, female, or however, and just be happy? The insecurity is mind blowing to me, on behalf of the observer!

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#27

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Razzy Report

Andrew Petrykowski 2 years ago

How is this a relevant comparison? How about comparing the reaction you get as a male when telling someone about being a victim of sexual assault.

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#28

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Last Place Comics Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

To be fair, the vagina is the inside part. So...

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#29

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Scott Adams Report

coffee zombie 2 years ago

I dont agree that only weak men show emotion. It's nice to see a man who has emotions instead of trying to act like they are made of stone, with no feelings.

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#30

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John Lydgate Report

Zori the degu 2 years ago

I'm more like the right half. And I'm fine.

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#31

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mcginty and sharpley Report

Kori K. Warriner 2 years ago

Honestly, I have a problem with either gender of superhero being displayed in a sexual manner.

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#32

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Jago Dibuja Report

Stille20 2 years ago

I think they over sexualize super heroes, but there is a difference. The male characters are being portrayed as strong, the women as sexual. If female super heros looked more like Serena Williams or Kerri Walsh it would be different.

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#33

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Cyanide and Happiness Report

Ivana 2 years ago

We were playing around, play fighting when I kicked my husband in the balls. It wasn't on purpose and I instantly felt horrible as he spent about 5 minutes in pain on the floor. The worst he got me was an elbow to the nose that caused a nose bleed, and one where he slammed my back into the thermostat. Literally last week my husband asked "Why don't we wrestle anymore" and all that flashed through my head. I don't like the idea of women hitting men any more than a man hitting a woman. The only fighting I am okay with is play fighting.

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#34

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megacynics Report

coffee zombie 2 years ago

That has never worked for me.

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#35

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Razzy Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

I don't agree with this one. Men get a lot of pressure on their bodies, as much as women. There is not a single person I met who said that they should "accept themselves" as a way to solve their problems (with getting laid). On the same note, any magazine cover will show that makeup is not a way to solve problems, or there wouldn't be 254 pages of the "new amazing diet already used by 45 stars that will make you lose weight before you even realize it". And we also have countless articles on "accept yourself and screw who doesn't, you don't need them anyway"...

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#36

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Justin Hubbell Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

As someone who hate body hair, both are unacceptable. But I don't care about what they do as long as I don't have to touch them :p

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#37

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mamaiscomic Report

Zori the degu 2 years ago

But really, what's their purpose from evolutionary point of view?

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#38

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Everyday feminism Report

Eglė Liubinaitė 2 years ago

I kinda like emotional boys more, like, atleast they aren't like those "badass" shitsacks like others. Also, expressing emotions is actually good for own body.

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#39

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John Lydgate Report

Luc Mailloux 2 years ago

Wait... what is this trying to say, even? What I gather is that people will judge you regardless of how you look. Surprise!

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#40

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Daisy Bernard Report

Amanda Sango Hibbs 2 years ago

This is why I like the medical field. Everyone dresses the same

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endlessorigami Report

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#42

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John Lydgate Report

Pasca Mouse 2 years ago

I hate it when people are like " Looks likes someones on there period." it's so annoying

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#43

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Le Rage Comics Report

sunnyrei82 2 years ago

women like that are the ones who make people think wrong about feminism. And, because many people are soooo closed minded, they think every single woman who wants equity are like that.

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#44

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spaceavalanche Report

Daria B 2 years ago

Some people really don't get it that it's not same....

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#45

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Pablo Stanley Report

Silvia 2 years ago

No. Any statistics on the subject will show that women do not get paid equally for the same job, with the same qualifications and experience.

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