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!

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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....

Alison Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

Ogling secondary sex characteristics are more similar... why don't women ogle adam's apple or broad shoulders? Same thing as men ogle boobs or hips. Genitalia is not same as secondary sex characteristics. We only punish women for showing too much of those...

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Tanja Caloi
Community Member
3 years ago

god that's like men comparing visible bra straps to their dicks hanging out *facepalm*

Abhilash Krishnan
Community Member
3 years ago

Where is the dick? He is showing his pubes.

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Paul Frost
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought the point is that when you dress in a manner to specifically draw attention to something, it's a bit rich to be offended when you get the attention you were looking for whether it be for an ample cleavage or your pubic area.

Snoopix
Community Member
3 years ago

Talking about double standards here. You are a man and surprisingly ;) the first one who focus on the right message from this picture. Women just don't see that when they dress up to attract attention then they (suprisingly again) will attract attention.

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
3 years ago

Technically woman breasts were created to feed babies, so nothing really sexual about this, while man's genitals were created to make babies, so, that's not really the same :p

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Sex is not the only thing that's the matter here. It's that your pee organs should stay covered for the sake of personal and public hygene. But breasts, well, you don't pee or poo with your breasts....

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Claire Chihaia
Community Member
3 years ago

Damn breasts are not only for feeding something... They are feminine and so yes also sexual.. I'm starting to think I'm surrounding by breeding chickens 😱 lady's where is your pride?! Your not cows!!! 😡

J Globetrotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Lack of Adam's apple is also feminine. Must we therefore cover our necks? Lack of facial hair is also feminine. Must we therefore cover our faces?

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Devin Gaughan
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm just imagining a husky, hairy guy wearing a deep V-neck shirt in an office environment yelling "HEY! My eyes are up here!"

Ivana
Community Member
3 years ago

My breast are not sexual, they are for breast feeding. There is a huge difference between breast and a penis. Also, women with large breast have a pretty hard time finding clothing that doesn't overexpose their chest. The only way this comic would be making a point is if women went around with their damn pants open! Screw this one.

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Wear what you want, but be sensitive. As hard as you think it is to find modest clothing, it's harder still for people to control where their eyes are drawn.

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Claire
Community Member
3 years ago

Not comparable.

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

Disgusting ahaha I mean that hairy part showing up

Sabrina Huber
Community Member
3 years ago

I laughed harder at this than is probably appropriate.

Shelly Dugan
Community Member
3 years ago

This is not the same.. the comparison should be apples to apples..It would be equally disgusting if a woman had her pubic hair hanging out of her jeans.

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't you mean it should be melons to melons?

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Lutz Herting
Community Member
3 years ago

For everyone commenting "This isn't the same", well, here IS the same: Last summer it was really hot, so one day I (a guy) decided to wear a tummy T-shirt. People freaked the fuck out. The fact that a male belly-button had entered the cafeteria was the main topic of half the peoples discussions for the rest of the day. Of course, as an upstanding member of society, I tried to do the right thing. I wore shirts like that for the following three weeks or so. But that's another story. So here you go: This IS the same.

Grace Boden
Community Member
3 years ago

If you don't want people to look, then don't show it off. It's as simple as that. If you wear a low cut shirt that's saying that you want people to look at the skin there, if you don't then they won't cuz it's just not there. You can't complain about people looking at something you chose to show off... Of course, that doesn't give anyone the right to touch you, but they're going to look if you give them something to look at.

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly. It doesn't even have to imply that you *want* people to look. You're not asking for anything. It simply implies that looking is ok.

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Jessica Hepler
Community Member
3 years ago

Your comfy shirt can't always cover your tits and they do not make dick clevage pants

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate this comparison! Breasts are considered sexually attractive but they aren't genitals.

Andrew Guo
Community Member
3 years ago

pubes aren't genitals the last time i checked.

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Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Breaking it down very simply: If it shouldn't be seen, it shouldn't be shown. But if it's ok to show, then it's ok to look. Anything else is a senseless double standard.

Angelina Farmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Why are penises automatically the opposite of breasts? Wouldn't the opposite of penises be the clitoris?

Jessica Hepler
Community Member
3 years ago

The women are visibly horrified and disgusted while the man is casually staring at her chest its normal to be offended

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Why are the women horrified? If they can control where they look, just don't look. If they can't control where they look, then neither can the man, but then why is it fair to take offense? You can't have it both ways.

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon
Community Member
3 years ago

This is bs. Sometimes when you have big boobs it's hard for cleavage not to show.

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

And likewise, as you've probably experienced, it's hard for men (and sometimes even other women) not to look. I don't think anyone objects to the cleavage. I think the issue is being too quick to take offense if sometimes eyes will have minds of their own.

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Celestia
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like a vag tho

Paladin of Shadows
Community Member
2 years ago

Boobs attract eyes, no matter the gender

Anders Kanten
Community Member
3 years ago

This is my favorite.

Clifford Romoser
Community Member
3 years ago

<..> It was just that one time...

James Johns
Community Member
3 years ago

Horrific

Amanda Venero
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol jaja

Chris
Community Member
3 years ago

Everyone saying "not same" is totally missing the point. You want the man to be wrong in both cases. Either he's wrong for creating a spectacle, or he's wrong for looking at one. The fact that it's not the same *kind* of spectacle is irrelevant. Also, the argument that boobs are not genitalia is disingenuous. Why is she mad that he's looking at them? Would she be mad if he looks at her hands? Or her hair? The fact is that when boobs are on display it can be VERY HARD to look away. You can resent human nature all you want. Good luck changing it. If you say that a revealing top is nevertheless ok, then no argument, but even an acceptable spectacle is no less a spectacle. If it's acceptable to display, it has to be acceptable to look at. You can't have it both ways.

Jay Fox
Community Member
3 years ago

Its not hard to look away from something. Its called self control and its disrespectful to keep staring and use the excuse "well its hard to turn around"

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Marina Hilton
Community Member
3 years ago

Tits and balls aren't equivalent. If they were, balls wouldn't be so unattractive.

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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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