Being humble enough to accept when you’ve been wrong, and being curious enough to keep learning new things (even when your ego wants to get in the way) are two very good qualities to have as a human being.

It’s important to know the basics of life on Earth. Sadly, one area of knowledge that seems to be very much neglected is what some men know about women’s bodies and reproduction. In some cases, the misinformation they take as fact is simply staggering. You've been warned.

Sabrina Fonfeder, a development executive, noted that men should not make any decisions about women’s bodies, and gave an example of how little about biology some men know. One of her exes, for example, thought that all women got their period on the 15th of the month. The tweet quickly went viral and other women pitched in with similar horror stories.

Sabrina, who created the viral thread, was kind enough to answer Bored Panda's questions. She believes that men having major misconceptions about women is a problem with education.

"We're not taught anything about women because we're supposed to be these beautiful specimens. Get rid of your body hair, periods are gross, and don't get me started on pregnancy and labor and all the things women aren't taught their own bodies until they've given birth," she told Bored Panda. "There is so much shame about just existing as a woman that we don't ever talk about anything that makes us look like less than a supermodel."

Image credits: Sabrinafon

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2 months ago

Horrible man - and some government reps agreed with him. Basically, the bill defined a fertilized egg as an “unborn child” - so a blastocyst has more rights than the woman carrying it. The bill also included life imprisonment and the death penalty for abortions.

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In Sabrina's opinion, changing the education system in a meaningful way can definitely be done. "More women in charge would be a good start. But also it's not that hard to look at what other countries do and just do that. We don't need to reinvent the wheel here," she said that there are already great examples out there. All it takes is the courage to follow in their footsteps.

Bored Panda also wanted to get Sabrina's opinion on what grown men can do to educate themselves about basic biology. In her opinion, there's no excuse for ignorance, considering the wealth of information at everyone's fingertips.

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Taylor Yingling
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2 months ago

Ooook

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

What a pity his mother didn’t

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"Men can simply... read? There has never been more access to information on any topic, so I'd tell any man to do some googling and they'll get what they're looking for. Otherwise, ask a woman in your life questions and come from a place of humility," she said.

"If you scroll through the replies of my Tweet, many women talk about their male partners being adamant even when they are wrong about basic biology, and then yelling when they're told they're wrong. That's extremely annoying. I don't think they'll face any sort of shame if they ask questions from a place of genuine curiosity and a willingness to learn."

The situation when it comes to knowledge about reproduction is pretty sad in some parts of the United States. According to SIECUS, only 29 states and the District of Columbia actually mandate sex education. Meanwhile, 35 states require schools to focus on abstinence when talking about sex ed.

Shockingly, a whopping 15 states “do not require sex education or HIV/STI instruction to be any of the following: age-appropriate, medically accurate, culturally responsive, or evidence-based/evidence-informed.” What this means is that in some areas of the country, students might be misinformed at the school level.

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NsG
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2 months ago

Ooh, so this is the corresponding argument that a C-section means you aren't a real mum. So C-sections result in entirely fictional people! I'm sitting on my hands reading these so I don't facepalm myself into a coma.

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Hex Gurls
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2 months ago

??? how do we come to these conclusions??

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Look at all us men queuing up for prostate exams, because of course it is so pleasurable.

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This isn’t the first time that Bored Panda has written about the misconceptions that men have about women. Earlier, 21-year-old Cataleya Jackson went viral after tackling the topic. She gave us an in-depth look at the reasons behind all the wrong info, cultural stigmas, and sex ed.

"One of my friends had a hilarious misconception about periods and my friends and I had laughed about it. They thought that periods just never end, that we'd be 99 on our death beds and still bleeding out,” she told Bored Panda about the extent to which some people are misinformed.

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Trillian
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2 months ago (edited)

D***s are related to pregnancy too so no alcohol for you guys

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

None of us are going to have faces or palms left by the end of this list

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Potato Panda
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2 months ago

I now have a bruise on my forehead

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"In my country, we do have sex education at ages 13, 15 and again at 17 (if they've opted to study biology in 11th and 12th grade otherwise it's just at the former 2 ages). It's very scientific and doesn't leave space for questions about things that actually matter, things that happen in real-life,” she said that the education part is pretty sterile and removed from reality.

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

0-o

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Lovencaress
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2 months ago

My ex boyfriend asked did I need winter or summer pads because it was in the spring time he thought bigger pads were for winter and smaller size for summer like the bigger they we're they kept you warm

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

His parents should be ashamed of themselves

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“Most people don't even learn, they just memorize it to be able to reproduce it during the exams, and then they forget all of it. We need better education, and it has to be more informative and relatable than scientific," Cataleya said.

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PenitentEyeball
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2 months ago

We also need to educate people better on sex Ed apparently

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 months ago

Ok this is horrible.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

I mean, how ? What? Ermm? Just dude???????

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According to the woman, there’s a lot of stigma surrounding sex ed. And it needs to be erased. She shared an example of what happened when she was in the 6th grade.

"They called away all the girls from classes, brought us to an auditorium to discuss periods and what they are, why they happen, what we should do, etc. They gave us packets of pads and told us to keep them in our lockers for emergencies. Their heart was in the right place, but by only asking the girls to attend this, they ensured that periods became some sort of mythical and curious event in the minds of all the boys," she said.

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Bored Retsuko
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2 months ago

This cannot be true ... 😵

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adiiantryx
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2 months ago

periods came before calendars would be a small hint to some on this list

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

Your dad is an idiot

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"[The boys] were not educated, they remained ignorant to what should be essential information to them. And of course, we all scrambled to hide our pads because we all thought we would rather be caught dead than holding a packet of them. They teased us about it and we, being only 11, had nothing to say to defend ourselves because the stigma around periods is very strong in my country."

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Wilko Lunenburg
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2 months ago

The only correct way to react.

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Kathi Schäffer
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2 months ago

Wow

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Pumpkin Spice
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2 months ago

*punches stomach until he vomits* YOU CAN HOLD IT IN YOU LAZY FU-

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In some cases, the stigma is so deeply-entrenched, that it would take more than a bit of education to change things. "I have friends whose own parents make them sit on mats on the floor when they are on their periods because they are considered impure and should not touch anything in the house," Cataleya told us.

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James
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2 months ago

nearly?!?

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James
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2 months ago

I'm confused by the name and photo.

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2 months ago

We wish!!!!!!!!!

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"Some women aren't allowed to enter the kitchen or the prayer room, they're not allowed to leave the house. A majority of women in my country have no access to pads or tampons and use cloth which causes infection and prevents them from being able to earn a living. I could go on and on about how bad it is here for a lot of women," she said.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Marjorie, you can have a break from the housework between 2pm and 3pm, if you could just schedule to have your period then please.

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Eva
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2 months ago

Whenever I see a sex scene in a movie I think of the misinformation men get. I mean, 2 minutes of kissing und then the actual sex, and another two minutes later the woman has the loudest orgasm. No hands were anywhere near the clit. That may work for 1% of all women, I don't know but for most women it doesn't. Stop with the unrealistic sex scenes and stop fakeing orgasms, lol!

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2 months ago

Better than sending none!

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Even though most people hate feeling embarrassed, there’s no shame in admitting that you were wrong about something. "There's no shame in it if you're 30 and have misconceptions about periods. It is sad that you may not have educated yourself about it, but there's absolutely no shame in asking women to educate them or to start reading online themselves. Sex Ed is so important," Cataleya told us.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Was his previous girlfriend an elephant?

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Julie Rod
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2 months ago

Translation: A treatment (pessary) for a yeast infection (candidiasis).

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Luna
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2 months ago

What-

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

And he did come back when it happened to him.

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Pickle Panda
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2 months ago

I shudder to think what those daughters were put through.

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 months ago

I mean a suprising amount of women seem to think that too.

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

Another one who failed Finger-painting in Kindergarten

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NsG
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2 months ago

I've known women who also make that mistake regarding pad placement (so the husband wouldn't exactly be wrong!). Sex education is lacking for *both* sexes in some places.

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MarioRossi
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2 months ago

He was probably thinking of vampires.

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MarioRossi
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2 months ago

He was probably thinking of werewolves.

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Anna
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2 months ago

"I didn't know you needed it. I just thought you like to store useless stuff in your vagina for no reason."

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Don't you girls use a bottle brush?

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Ellie McGrath
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2 months ago

How did he get a licence to practice?

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