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

Double Standards

Double Standards

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Etienne Pisano
Community Member
4 years ago

So true!!!! :-(

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#2

Clothing Standards

Clothing Standards

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Carris Butcher
Community Member
4 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

Body Image Standards

Body Image Standards

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 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

Boys vs. Girls

Boys vs. Girls

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

Summed up in six pictures!

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#5

Double Standards

Double Standards

Anna Maria Jung Report

coffee zombie
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's blame this one on Hollywood.

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#6

Work Rules

Work Rules

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Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#7

Fakes And Posers

Fakes And Posers

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Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
4 years ago

You go girl!

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#8

Body Standards

Body Standards

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Ana T.
Community Member
4 years ago

so true lol

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#9

Double Standards For Parents

Double Standards For Parents

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards On Emotions

Double Standards On Emotions

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 years ago

Double standards both ways in one comic. Finally <3

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#11

Body Positivity

Body Positivity

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Liliana V
Community Member
4 years ago

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

Jānis Vindavs
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, but you may adjust the frequency...

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Megan Lillich
Community Member
4 years ago

And people have no idea what the bottom girl might suffer from. I eat maybe 1500-1800 calories a day but I am 100 pounds over weight due do chemo and steroids to control my autoimmune diseases. I could lose the weight real fast if I stopped taking the meds- I also would not be able to walk, would lose the function of my kidneys, and my heart would swell - but I would be thin. So personally I will deal with being fat.

George Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

This is true, but for the MAJORITY of people who are fat, it is due to poor diet and lack of exercise.

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The Cappy
Community Member
4 years ago

Happens with guys too. If you're overweight, people criticize your eating.

sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 years ago

For those saying that fat people are fat because they want to, please take a second before typing to let your brain work and remember that one's weight does not strictly and exclusively depend on how much/what you eat or how many hours you spend at the gym. Genetics, body complexion, hormonal disorders, hypothyroidism, among other things DO affect on a person's body shape/weight.

Jeanne Richard
Community Member
4 years ago

Flora, same here. I'm lucky if I feel well enough to fit in two meals a day if that and weigh 240 because of health shit. Went through cancer when I was 18 and was treated with an adult regimen of chemo that left behind massive damages they still can't pinpoint. I was my ideal weight before that and ate plenty. Now I barely eat at all and am overweight.

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Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm obese, pack a healthful lunch & snack. People ask "is that ALL you're eating?!" As if I couldn't possibly eat healthfully & be fat.

DerpyPandaLover
Community Member
4 years ago

This one has been done to me. And you never know if the person on the bottom is starving themselves because of their weight and that's there first meal in who knows how long. Maybe she didn't CHOSE to be overweight (like most people DON'T choose). Some people CAN'T loose weight no matter what they do. Just because you see a "fat" person eating a unhealthy food doesn't mean that one meal right there is why they're fat.

Jon Jacobsen
Community Member
4 years ago

The problem here isn't that she is fat, and the body-shamers are just haters, who cares what they ever think. The real problem here, is that girls think (because of different magazines and commercials imo) that being thin is superior to being fat. I mean, the girl on the bottom is the one i would have turned twice to get a better look, not the one on the top.

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Marysia Jawłowska
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, finally a double standard that isn't just about gender :D And sadly, so true!

Little Menace
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't this logic? If you are thin and eat and nothing happens you are probably active enough to metabolize your food before it becomes a danger. If someone who is big eats we know that for one reason or another it's too much or the wrong kind. If the first girl goes big, it's not cute any longer. Someone with a healthy tan is fine [because they probably know the dangers], someone with a sunburn needs to be told to stop immediately. Common sense.

Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

Fat is not the only health risk associated with food. My dad was pretty skinny when he had a heart attack, partly because of cholesterol. What other people eat is none of your damn business. Ever. That's how eating disorders start at 11 years old.

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Amanda Harker
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so true. People are always judging me based on what I eat, I've gotten to the point that I start informing them that I'm not overweight because I eat too much or the wrong food it's because of my medical conditions. You can't fight weight gain as a medication side effect when 3 of the medications you're on cause weight gain.

Alia Gail
Community Member
4 years ago

I run every day and try and get outside as much as I can, and i avoid sugar and fats, and yet i'm fat as a cow :(

Anna Knochel
Community Member
4 years ago

This double standard needs to change. BOTH of them are eating unhealthy food. It isn't right to slander one and let the other one think that it's "cute" to eat horrible food. The issue here isn't the weight. People who are overweight know that they are; and they don't need an unwarranted opinion from a stranger. At the same time, I am tired of people saying that it can be hard to make healthy eating a choice. (Talking to both overweight, skinny, fat, obese, thin people.) It isn't hard to swap that soda for some water, is it? If you really think it is, then you probably won't accomplish much in your life. The diets of Americans promote an early death. Thin or fat. It isn't good to put that food in your body.

Zatch
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't think this is exclusive for girls. People get angry because they might that you should take care of your health. I'm so innocent...

Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

People who insult you under the guise of "caring for your health" are the least likely to actually care for you as a person.

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Reland McClure
Community Member
4 years ago

I can see how anorexcia &/or bulemia could become an issue. The cruelty of double standards are so sad.

Emma Perkins
Community Member
4 years ago

I have, sadly, been both of these girls. Gained 50 pounds when I hit college :/

Tim Frey
Community Member
4 years ago

This is all over weight people, not just girls.

Jade B
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, I go through this. I'm the second girl. :/

Grim Grimson
Community Member
9 months ago

I mean, if you're accepting your body weight as it is, while eating Mcdonalds, you semi deserve the shittalk. However it makes it worse, due to some people gaining weight by stress eating, which makes matters worse. TLDR: Don't eat Mcdonalds... and don't fat shame, give them suggestions on how to help if they're your friend, if they're not, go about your life and shut up. Unless the person is eating intense amounts of food, help them and stop them, we can't lose another life due to obscene habits, please, exercise and go on a Keto diet.

Bob-A-Lou Anna Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

Fat is disgusting period

Doctor Peppermint
Community Member
2 years ago

If she is fat from eating unhealthy food, that can seriously affect her health. But the one from the top is thin, and probably does not eat like that too much so it is not as bad as the one from the botton.

Peter Griffin
Community Member
2 years ago

This is funny like these are sooo unrealistic it’s umbelievable

Jetches
Community Member
3 years ago

Eating like this consistently shouldn’t be encouraged regardless of body type

Celestia
Community Member
3 years ago

:(

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
4 years ago

Sad because I'm slim and one day while having dinner with my colleagues, I ordered a large pizza and everybody praised me when I finished it all saying "wow, that was great.." "Well done." If one of my "larger bodied" colleagues eat the same thing they wouldn't have said that

alice caroll
Community Member
4 years ago

This is one of the reasons why I'm so obsessed with being super skinny: I'd rather starve myself than that somebody tells me I have to.

Cassandra S
Community Member
4 years ago

The healthy person is obviously not binging all the time. Or they are doing a lot of exercise!

TheMsLollidella
Community Member
4 years ago

Looking at this makes me wanna lose weight legit needa control myself :/ gotta have a balance.

Grace Boden
Community Member
4 years ago

While the comments in the bottom picture are rude and inappropriate it is normal to view the two situations differently. Either this is a treat for the one on the top and an everyday lifestyle for the one on the bottom, or the one on the top just has a really good metabolism and is enjoying how (temporarily) lucky she is to be able to consume more food than most, and the one on the bottom doesn't and doesn't know how to work with her lesser metabolism to be healthy. Either way, the one on the top looks healthy and the one on the bottom does not. Everyone's metabolism is different and we need to work with our own bodies and see what is best for us. If we know that we have a bad metabolism we need to watch what and how much we eat and make sure we get enough exercise. If we have a good metabolism we need to think about the same things but not take for granted what our bodies are capable of and still make sure that we are getting in enough physical activity and nutrients

Simba
Community Member
4 years ago

mmmm...even doctors will tell you that it depends on how many of those burgers in how many sittings over the course of time...

Caitlin
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so untrue. God.

Tora Wookiee Macaw
Community Member
4 years ago

Understand this one all too well.

Chummy Alia
Community Member
4 years ago

Always get this look somehow but not all humans are stereotypical..

Daniel Gregory
Community Member
4 years ago

A fit person on a cheat day vs. a person who regularly makes poor dietary decisions. How is this a double standard?

Alison Davis
Community Member
4 years ago

How do you know it's not a thin person who eats like that every day but has a high metabolism -vs- a person who has lost a significant amount of weight and rewards herself on a "cheat day"?

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Robert
Community Member
4 years ago

I get it's non of anybody business what someone else eats and I really don't care, but fat people often feed they kids too much what is unhealthy.

sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 years ago

and skinny parents are perfect nutritionists and feed their kids appropriately.. because they're skinny? I don't agree with your comment. I think what you're saying is just a stereotype engraved in your mind thanks to the media. I've seen skinny parents with obese kids, or maybe not obese kids but feeding them lucky charms for breakfast.

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Nan Zhong
Community Member
4 years ago

What you eat is your business and nobody can insult you over it but seriously, medical conditions and genetics are just good excuses for some people to indulge. In some countries in Africa, you don't get to see a single obese person. In Japan, you rarely see plump people because they have a healthy diet, one of the best in the world.

Bethany
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't exactly agree with this one. What I see is one person that loves food and one that may love it a little too much. I don't think people should be encouraged if they're a bit on the heavy side because it's unhealthy for them. Im not against them for loving to eat it's that they need to keep at a good amount to stay healthy.

lovealways<3
Community Member
4 years ago

Some "fat people" aren't heavy bc of food and only food. Its also caused by health problems, and medications, and genetics. That's something no one thinks about before they judge other people when they know nothing about them. There are plenty of "thin" people in the world who are unhealthy and hate being thin, So complete double standards there.

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Enis Berkay Mert
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4 years ago

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She is thin, she has right to eat whatever she wants because clearly she has a way to stay thin and healthy.

Rachel Rosky
Community Member
4 years ago

Anyone has a right to eat anything they want, fat or thin.

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#PugLife
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4 years ago

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Completely agree, but *gross.

Herb Eaversmells
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4 years ago

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Funny how every fat person on this board all claim it's either a genetic issue or other issue out of their control. Funny how people who seriously watch what they eat, and seriously exercise never seem to have those genetic issues.

Hachi Ko
Community Member
4 years ago

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This is a double standard and body shaming is wrong. However, if they were both my friends I would be more concerned about the second person. I would say, "Have you considered a healthier diet" to friend #2. Obviously, something that she's doing is not working.

Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

People who are overweight most likely do not need your unsolicited advice on their diet, especially considering all the information that is readily available. They might have an unhealthy relationship with food for any number of reason, and focusing on their intake, especially when they never asked your opinion on it, is more likely to make them anxious or self-conscious and worsen the underlying problem.

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Ie Va
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4 years ago

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Stupid one. To eat unhealthy food is bad for both. And i never hear these all Go girl if i eat junk food. Now i started vegetarian and i hear Go girl.

Pobin Rice
Community Member
4 years ago

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Fat shaming is 100% ok. Fatsos cost the NHS millions..... stop eating

Rachel Rosky
Community Member
4 years ago

So do people who engage in unprotected sex (think babies and STD's), people who engage in unnecessary dangerous activities, drug addicts, alcoholics etc. Face it, the problem isn't the vice and its medical monetary consequence, the problem is that you have to look at fat people.

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#12

Generalization

Generalization

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#13

Leadership Strategies

Leadership Strategies

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 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

Makeup vs. Natural

Makeup vs. Natural

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 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

Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Chelsea Kunkle
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#16

Shameless Girls

Shameless Girls

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Jade B
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#17

Double Standards

Double Standards

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coffee zombie
Community Member
4 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

Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Ivana
Community Member
4 years ago

This election just wrecked me, all hope was lost.

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#19

Girls vs. Boys

Girls vs. Boys

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Ja Legge
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards On Young Girls

Double Standards On Young Girls

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Daria B
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards On Bodies

Double Standards On Bodies

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Captain Planet
Community Member
4 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

Shallow vs. Desperate

Shallow vs. Desperate

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Helen Burgess
Community Member
4 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

Dressing Appropriately

Dressing Appropriately

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Laetitia
Community Member
4 years ago

True

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#24

Girls vs. Boys

Girls vs. Boys

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Kristin
Community Member
4 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

Society's Take On Men

Society's Take On Men

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
4 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

Dad Bod vs. Mom Bod

Dad Bod vs. Mom Bod

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
4 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

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

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Andrew Petrykowski
Community Member
4 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

Things You Can Only Do With Boys

Things You Can Only Do With Boys

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#29

Double Standards

Double Standards

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coffee zombie
Community Member
4 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

Appearance Standards

Appearance Standards

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#31

Comic Book Characters

Comic Book Characters

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#32

Sexualizing Bodies

Sexualizing Bodies

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Stille20
Community Member
4 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

Equality

Equality

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Ivana
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards

Double Standards

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coffee zombie
Community Member
4 years ago

That has never worked for me.

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#35

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 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

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards

Double Standards

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#38

Men And Women

Men And Women

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
4 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

Standards For Dressing

Standards For Dressing

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Luc Mailloux
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards In The Workplace

Double Standards In The Workplace

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Amanda Sango Hibbs
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#41

The Smiley Face Double Standard

The Smiley Face Double Standard

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Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

:) xoxox

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#42

Double Standards In Relationships

Double Standards In Relationships

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Pasca Mouse
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#43

Girl Power

Girl Power

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 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

Double Standards

Double Standards

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#45

Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Silvia
Community Member
4 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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