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
Community Member
3 years ago

So true!!!! :-(

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#2

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beiibis Report

Carris Butcher
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Summed up in six pictures!

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#5

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Anna Maria Jung Report

coffee zombie
Community Member
3 years ago

Let's blame this one on Hollywood.

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#6

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Sunny Street Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Nini
Community Member
3 years ago

I once read a post that went "I just realized I've never seen a male plus size model" and I think it's really sad that men don't get the same kind of body positivity women do? True, they tend to be shamed less, but a lot of guys must still feel insecure about their looks.

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Daniela Rudloff
Community Member
3 years ago

Both inappropriate.

Laura Hewitt
Community Member
3 years ago

THANK YOU. I don't write spreadsheets on my OKCupid profile (although a well-executed spreadsheet is super-hot); please do not flirt in my cube.

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Zori the degu
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor guy, he just wanted to be friendly. I hate the way people ignore the inner beauty in favor of the outer one. I mean, the guy above with his fake smile... Really? :(

manbearpig
Community Member
3 years ago

We got a Mr. Nice Guy here! Do you happen to own a fedora?

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Tanessa White
Community Member
3 years ago

Now this is one bullshit double standard that I have been calling out for awhile. I think it sucks, and I am a female.

Jenn Terry
Community Member
3 years ago

For the record, I'd be annoyed by both. The first guy would annoy me more. All that fake charm just doesn't work on me anymore. But I do agree it can be a double standard.

Laury M.
Community Member
3 years ago

Men with charisma and assertiveness like the first one is depicted are seen as masculine and in control and so more liked, even if they are assholes. Those who are less confident, even more so if they don't fit within beauty standards, are perceived as weak and their awkwardness can turn a bit creepy for women. It's not justification, I want to make that clear, and the main problem remains the perception we have of masculinity. It has to change.

manbearpig
Community Member
3 years ago

I get your point. But from a biological stand point it wouldn't make sense to pick a mate who can't really give you any perceivable benefits

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Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

Finally, one that points out the other side of the double standard. I can't count how many women I've known that dress to impress, but bitch when the 'wrong' guy gives them attention. You can't call it harassment only when the guy is ugly, ladies.

Clinton Castells
Community Member
3 years ago

This is 100% TRUTH!!! Look at the perception of Barbie today. A lot of people are upset because she represents an unobtainable image for most women. Yet look at EVERY single action figure toy that guys have to compete with.. Superman, He-Man, Batman(also RICH), and so on. Complete DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!!!!!!! but that's ok, because equality and stuff right...

manbearpig
Community Member
3 years ago

You know, we can always go to the gym and try and live a healthier life.

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Leni
Community Member
3 years ago

Personally I'd be creeped out by the first a lot more.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 years ago

Lookin' good, Leni...

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Luna Kittenwarrior
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish I could say that this isn't relatable.

Yvonne Ainslie
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed

John Sansone
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol, this is also true

陽介 西田
Community Member
3 years ago

in japan, this situation is ※ただイケメンに限る. all woman say whether a man is friend or not friend. (i think a handsam man get well with woman easly so a woman do such behaviour )

Pobin Rice
Community Member
3 years ago

100% correct

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

We do do this :(

Diana Fisher
Community Member
3 years ago

so true.

Lucina Sandoval-Gordon
Community Member
3 years ago

To be fair. I'd be creeped out by both.

Lorraine Lau
Community Member
3 years ago

This is really really true!! Women can be vicious

Jabari Tiffith
Community Member
3 years ago

I've always said the only difference between harassment and flirting is if she's attracted to the guy or not.

Bored Moogle
Community Member
2 years ago

We don't know the context of the picture. Maybe the good-looking guy is always nice while the other guy is constantly creeping on her despite her asking him to keep away from her.

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Michael Dixon
Community Member
3 years ago

Its like that Tom Brady sketch on SNL. The narrator says "Rule #1 to not be accused of sexual harrassment...be handsome"

Jimmy Rustled
Community Member
3 years ago

LOL...this is truer than true..I have seen it time after time and then listen to women complain about it when i happens to them...lol

Aitor Sensada Ramirez
Community Member
3 years ago

So fucking true.

Jonathan Colson
Community Member
3 years ago

Sooooo true.

James Johns
Community Member
3 years ago

The Man hate was getting palpable.

Jena Troelsgaard
Community Member
1 year ago

If someone you aren't attracted to gives you too much attention, it can get kinda uncomfortable. Once is fine, but then read his/her response and judge if you should do it again or not.

Greg Komarniski
Community Member
3 years ago

If she did that to me, it would take everything in me not to verbally destroy her... F*** you, Susan. B***h!

Greg Komarniski
Community Member
3 years ago

If a woman did that to me because of my weight, it would take everything within me not to tell her off.

Greg Komarniski
Community Member
3 years ago

If a woman did that to me because of my weight, it would take everything in me not to tell her off.

Yana La
Community Member
3 years ago

No. BOTH need to shut the **** up!

Steve Howe
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it only acceptable to tell someone they look good of you're wearing a tie?

Steve Howe
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm confused. Is it only appropriate to tell someone they look good if you're wearing a tie?

Joe Coverstone
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually confused by this. "Lookin'Good Susan"? Isn't that just a compliment? When The women in my office say "Wow your looking good today" I don't jump to screaming "Sexual Harassment" . what a crock of shit

Alex Tudal
Community Member
3 years ago

So true. Reminds me of this video (slightly exaggerated, but funny nonetheless) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbeEuYAZFL4

Jade Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't like when anyone says stuff like that to me at work.

Jason Cox
Community Member
3 years ago

This is too true

Nyazha White
Community Member
3 years ago

ya i know

As If
Community Member
3 years ago

Aahzmandus Pervect - Actually, they're both assholes. A simple "Hello, how are you today?" suffices at work.

Szucs Zsuzsanna
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute faces... nobody have a nose. lol

Hana Cheaib
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad

Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
3 years ago

Both inappropriate.

Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

This is completely true.

Bruce Kunde
Community Member
3 years ago

So, So, So, True! .........unless the second guy has money!

Jeff McGowan
Community Member
3 years ago

These people cannot be classified as "nosey".

Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

I disagree with this one. I think it depends on age, gender, balance of power and the relationship you have. Some good looking people think they can get away with being flirty, but it can come back to bite them.

Cookie
Community Member
3 years ago

It's never appropriate for a man to do that in a work situation.

Mary Irey
Community Member
3 years ago

They're both creepy

Jim Sterrett
Community Member
3 years ago

im surprised by the accuracy. the rest seem like brain dead feminist nonsense

Catarina Costa
Community Member
3 years ago

Key word is consent. She appreciated the attention from guy A and not guy B. What's so hard to understand?

陽介 西田
Community Member
3 years ago

if she had been cat, her behaviour would be allow but she is human. a human should not change behaviour depon on his look. P.S if you want to understand, you should keep smile when a man appriciate sexy woman and not ugly woman

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Ashley Roth
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey who ever is the hottest

endelbendel
Community Member
3 years ago

What do women want?

Chris Stea
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup! Some of 'enlightened' rules are very Scary.

Jessica Stohr
Community Member
3 years ago

Where are their noses?

Alex Wallem
Community Member
3 years ago

This one isn't valid. Imagine the suit guy saying Hi Susan with no confidence. Now imagine the geeky guy saying Hi Susan with his back straight, deep voice and confident smile. It's all about confidence in this situation.

Clinton Castells
Community Member
3 years ago

Alex, no it isn't at all. I "cute" guy with no confidence is just "shy, in a cute way".

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Mark Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

pfft I was more perverted at work and no girls called human resources on me, some even liked it I've been told I'm cute though.

Catarina Costa
Community Member
3 years ago

Key word is consent :))) she appreciated the attention from guy A but not guy B. I'd that so hard to understand?

manbearpig
Community Member
3 years ago

A lot of the dudes here are "nice guys", hence your down votes. :)

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NeatAndNice
Community Member
3 years ago

Where are the noses? :O

Srdjan Janic
Community Member
3 years ago

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Again - Stupid modern times!

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#7

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radrangy Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

You go girl!

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#8

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AlexandraDal Report

Ana T.
Community Member
3 years ago

so true lol

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#9

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Chaunie Brusie Report

Zori the degu
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Double standards both ways in one comic. Finally <3

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#11

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beiibis Report

Liliana V
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

This election just wrecked me, all hope was lost.

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#19

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Immer Report

Ja Legge
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

True

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#24

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Brown Paperbag Report

Kristin
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

That has never worked for me.

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#35

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Razzy Report

Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#41

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endlessorigami Report

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

:) xoxox

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#42

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John Lydgate Report

Pasca Mouse
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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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