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

David Horsey Report

Etienne Pisano
Community Member
4 years ago

So true!!!! :-(

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#2

Clothing Standards

Clothing Standards

beiibis Report

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

Scott Metzger Report

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

Archie Comics Report

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

Sunny Street Report

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

AlexandraDal Report

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.

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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

Kate Ordie Comics Report

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

Brown Paperbag Report

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

For Better Or For Worse Report

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

Matt Bors Report

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

Immer Report

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

kendrawcandraw Report

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!

Tiger-Lily
Community Member
4 years ago

because she doesn't even need to say anything to make her "desperate"

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Marc Palmarini
Community Member
4 years ago

No we pretty much think both are shallow

Sharon Fmr
Community Member
4 years ago

She's not desperate. She is just interested in someone who is not interested in her...

Andrew Guo
Community Member
4 years ago

as though women don't call men who wanted to date them (whom they're not interested in) desperate, creepy or a dozen other negative attributes.

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Emily Hart
Community Member
4 years ago

Totally worth checking out the whole series - way better and more balanced http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/sexism-feminism-comic-rasenth_n_5976660.html

Grace Boden
Community Member
4 years ago

Both of the people on the left look desperate, and both of the people on the right look annoyed. People are allowed to have their preferences, and people need to know how to approach the person they like a appropriately, and understand that just because they like someone that doesn't mean that person owes them anything.

Reland McClure
Community Member
4 years ago

Both No people are shallow & blatantly cruel.

Joel R
Community Member
4 years ago

Who came up with this comic? I know a lot of men (including myself) that would date a woman like that. Not all men like tall, skinny, super-models. As a matter of fact, I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of men like a woman who has some meat on her bones.

ena dejeanne
Community Member
4 years ago

That's cause the majority of men don't have access to beautiful women. It's an acquired taste.

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Katie M
Community Member
4 years ago

Why did they cut out the whole rest of the comic? There was a ton more.

Katie M
Community Member
4 years ago

Never mind I guess they just spaced it out through different other comics.

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PurpleDoople
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t know if I love the art style of this one entirely, but I really like the way the bottom right one is drawn, idk why

Samuel Zhao
Community Member
6 months ago

It think they’re both shallow

Doctor Peppermint
Community Member
2 years ago

...this does not actually happen, most of the time, the guy gets bashed on if he rejects a girl.

Cat Lady
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I just say I love this art style? I think it's really cute!

Celestia
Community Member
3 years ago

What about the guys tho?

InnocentLookingMurder
Community Member
4 years ago

B..but the girl is so cute ...

Henrique Kenzo
Community Member
4 years ago

When I first read it, I read the first part as "because she think he's shallow" and "because he think she's desperate" and it makes sense. Then I read it again, now the comic doesn't make sense to me. I'm not trying to be a living contradiction, I just fail to see why someone would think she turned him down because she's shallow and not because she just doesn't like him or is just not interested in him...

Andrew McLeod
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd think the second girl has pretty good self esteem. I guess it depends on who you are.

Clifford Romoser
Community Member
4 years ago

I wasn't aware it was that easy...

Elliott Bork
Community Member
4 years ago

their both desperate looking in the wrong damn place, and they are both shallow despite what they choose because so many other human beings are like them, we want and need an ideal figure or acomplishment to strive for or we feel a lack of purpose, so we naturally classify ourselves and others to mesure how close we are to this ideal. naturaly, that means we dont want to mix down as to muttle the gene pool, we want our offspring to be beter, and fewer people notice the benafits and details that come from someone has other traits than attractance, once we need to prepare for a social change the ideal also changes to help us strive for survival. the reason everyone looks so diffrent is because it allows us an extreamly extensive range of abilitys expertise and percision, the nerds curently rule the world...

Saunak RC
Community Member
4 years ago

I think men faces this and not girls...so stop being fucking biased.

Saunak RC
Community Member
4 years ago

This is fucking opposite

George Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

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I think this one is false

James Johns
Community Member
4 years ago

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Id think theyre both shallow

Layla
Community Member
4 years ago

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Yep, body positivity gives unhealthy fat people an excuse to not do anything about their weight

ena dejeanne
Community Member
4 years ago

Body shaming should be punishable (just like other forms of aggression) but body positivity is a ridiculous concept. Unfortunately we are not all dealt the same cards at birth and you can't police people on who they find attractive. If people find certain body/face types attractive, it's only natural that those are the images they are going to put onto their billboards, magazines, cinema and TV.

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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

Brown Paperbag Report

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

Rasenth Report

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

Last Place Comics Report

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

Scott Adams Report

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

John Lydgate Report

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

mamaiscomic Report

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

Everyday feminism Report

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

John Lydgate Report

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

John Lydgate Report

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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