We're learning all our lives. But some things and experiences teach us more than others.

A month ago, Reddit user Artudetan posted a question on r/AskMen that read, "What did you not know or realize until after living with a woman?" Turns out, a lot!

From "the good bra" to doing the dishes, the post has already received over 14,000 answers and judging from them, getting a roommate can be quite educational!

#1

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Fine, I'll say it.

I always thought that pads operated like Band-aids and they'd just slap em over their vaginas and absorb everything. It wasn't until I was... 27? When my girlfriend at the time had some as a backup in case she ran out of tampons and I opened it and looked. The adhesive was on the wrong side for my version of how they worked, and it dawned on me that they're supposed to be stuck to their panties, not their vaginas. I only regret telling her of that revelation, because she laughed until she cried and then called her mom to tell her about it.

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Francis
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5 months ago

:'D i am cry laughing right now xD this is great

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#2

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers When you’re having a really tough day, she unexpectedly comes home and surprises you with a bottle of your favorite drink, homemade cookies and a dinner you love. And then she cuddles with you while you vent about your now not so crappy day. And you realize what it’s like to actually have someone support you.

And you find yourself wanting to make sure the toilet seat is down, smiling when you can never find anything in the kitchen, rolling with it when the living room turns into a 12 stage laundry OCD deployment zone, and you laugh when you trip over her shoes that are now tangled in a knot of hair bigger than the dog.

Because your house/apartment is no longer a place you live at, it’s now your home. And it’s safe to be the real you, not the show you put on when you were dating.

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Francis
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5 months ago

Awwwrr sweet :)

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#3

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers That she owns only one truly GOOD BRA. There is only one and part of your duty as a man is to protect The Good Bra. If you are doing laundry, you must take the greatest of precautions to make sure it is properly cleaned, dried, and stored. God forbid The Good Bra ever turn up missing or in the wrong drawer.

Ladies, why is there only one GOOD BRA?

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Daria B
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5 months ago (edited)

Yes. Yes, there is. The one and only! ♡ Because, a product, to be mass-produced, it needs to be built within certain norms and patterns, but each woman has different breasts. As a result, it's difficult to find the perfect one, but once you do find it, it becomes precioussssss. Not to mention, these things aren't cheap either. (Waiting for replies of the ladies whose boobs need no support. Respect to you, sisters, but see... just because I don't need braces, I'm not protesting against the dentist industry.)

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#4

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers I was raised by a woman, so none of it was new to me, except:

Period Panties.

I wasn't shocked or disgusted by it because I wasn't a 12-year-old; it was just like, "Huh. Yeah, I guess I'd have a separate selection of underwear to use when I'm menstruating, too. Why the Hell would I ruin all of my sexy underwear?".

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Daria B
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5 months ago

Exactly!

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#5

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers I learned that bathroom can smell like soap and flowers and coconut instead of like pee.

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Francis
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5 months ago

How the f did you live until you met your so? :D

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#6

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Apparently showering and washing your hair are separate events.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Yup, I don't wash my hair every time I have a shower.

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#7

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers If you leave something on the kitchen counter, it will get put/thrown away. If she leaves something on the kitchen counter, that's where it goes now.

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I I
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5 months ago

yep , when i cook my wife "tidies up" around me , only thing is i still need the things she's putting in the dishwasher

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#8

"Period s**ts."

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Francis
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5 months ago

This needs tobbe higher :D

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#9

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Pockets are very rare for women's pants. Several years married and still shocked by this.

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Thomas Price
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5 months ago

I didn’t realise this until my now wife showed me the pockets she had in her wedding dress. She was so excited.

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#10

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers What home feels like.

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Lauren Caswell
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5 months ago

Aw! Sweet ^-^

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#11

When you’re done showering, you’re supposed to stay on the bath mat while you dry off, not walk around the apartment

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DKS 001
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5 months ago

I dry off in the shower so there are no wet foot prints outside the shower

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#12

They fart just as much as men.

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Vihra Stancheva
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5 months ago

We are humans. And no... we don't fart rainbows:))

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#13

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Apparently, cleaning the toilet on the regular is much, much more important than I'd previously thought.

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Ripley
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5 months ago

Or . . . you know . . . ever

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#14

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Just how expensive and shoddy brands for women are.

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

My wife always says 'Don't buy the pink razors, get the yellow ones please'.

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#15

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers How nice house plants are. Now I have all kinds of plants and my place feels so much more nice and relaxing.

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Eva the Egg
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5 months ago

I totally agree! I have sooo many houseplants in my house

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#16

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers There is a wrong way to hang clothes to dry.

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Francis
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5 months ago

Yes! My bf had to hang the laundry last week.. he tried. And failed xD had to rehang everything LOL

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#17

If they leave stuff at the bottom of the stairs, that means you’re supposed to bring it up. If it’s at the top of the stairs, you should bring it down. Also, the correct place for objects in the kitchen is where they currently reside. Stuff is gonna move around constantly, just roll with it.

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Linda van der Pal
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5 months ago

I do leave stuff on the stairs, but that's for whoever goes up first to bring along (and yes, that definitely includes myself)

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#18

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers They have a really weird obsession with glass containers or jars.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Mine obsession can be any kind of storage including shoe boxes, takeaway containers etc.

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#19

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Hair ties actually disappear faster than MIA socks. Until you find 20 in a kitchen drawer.

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Lauren Caswell
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5 months ago

Still looking for that drawer!

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#20

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers No matter how many bobby pins are in the house, there is always a need for more.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

And hairties.buy a pack and you'll have heaps for a few weeks, then back to one somehow.

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#21

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Women are both simultaneously messier and cleaner than men. It’s bizarre how messy rooms can get with them and how quickly they can turn it around and make it clean!

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Nerdlife
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5 months ago

It's a superpower

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#22

One corner of the shower will become a "graveyard" for bottles of shampoo, conditioner, all sorts of stuff.

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LuckyL
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5 months ago

So true

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#23

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers An innocent cleaning excursion in the right circumstances will lead to a full-on reorganization of all the dang furniture in the house, if you're not careful.

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Nerdlife
Community Member
5 months ago

😂😂😂😂 I didn't realize until now that I do this very often

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#24

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers The hair that gets stuck in the shower drain. OMG.

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LuckyL
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5 months ago

The hair is everywhere!!!

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#25

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers You find out the amount of food that a refrigerator can really hold.

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Brendan
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5 months ago

I thought that a full fridge was more of a 'male' thing. It is for me and my two boys, anyway.

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#26

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers Fancy makeup takes a long time.

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Eva the Egg
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5 months ago

Well yes its fancy so you gotta put in every detail!

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#27

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers You’ve been doing laundry wrong your whole life.

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Nerdlife
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5 months ago

Now I am intrigued and curious to know what you did to find this out!

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#28

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers I never realised that she'd start wearing my clothes. T-shirts, sweaters, not even my damn underwear is mine any more!

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Thomas Price
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5 months ago

Start wearing her clothes and tell her it’s an equal partnership

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#29

Turns out RuPaul’s drag race is a great show

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I I
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5 months ago

and its NOT drag CAR race

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#30

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers I load the dishwasher so inefficiently, I'm no longer allowed to load it at all.

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A Bringhurst
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5 months ago

Worked out for you, didn’t it?

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#31

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers I have freaked out too many times at what I thought was a 52-legged spider clinging to my bathroom wall.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

You do this so you don't need to unclog your shower weekly. But you don't leave it on the wall, it should be binned before you leave the bathroom

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#32

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers That there can never be enough throws/blankets/cushions.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Yes there can. I am not a fan of throws and cushions. Not my thing.

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#33

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers That moisturizer goes on the body too.

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Dark Pigeon
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5 months ago

Well yes, the lotion or moisturizer goes on the skin. Or you get the hoze again

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#34

Strange new foods will appear in the cupboard and the fridge. This is actually good, you will get to try new things.

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Marianne
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5 months ago

That's true for any new person in your house, not just women. :)

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#35

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers The wardrobe in your bedroom that you agreed to share 50/50? Just like the bathroom, in a few years it will be 90/10.

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LuckyL
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5 months ago

Because we just neeeeeed more space

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#36

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers There is an incorrect place for hand soap on the sink.

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Nerdlife
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5 months ago

Really?

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#37

No matter how much you vacuum or sweep the floor, there will ALWAYS be hair in the floor.

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Karen Joy Nesheim
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5 months ago

Try owning a cat! 🤣

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#38

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers To get rid of bangs you don't just cut them off.

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Mary Veltri
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5 months ago

Imagine! Lol

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#39

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers When long, loose head hairs wash off in the shower, it's common practice to stick them to the wall rather than let them collect in the drain.

If she forgets to remove them afterwards, it can be very confusing for the next person in the shower. Why are there a bunch of individual strands of hair deliberately stuck to the wall?

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Materyst
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5 months ago

I'm a long haired woman and have never heard of this

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#40

Men Share 'What Did You Not Know Or Realize Until After Living With A Woman?': And Here're 40 Of The Top Answers They're not nearly as neat and tidy as they want you to believe.

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Jessica Aubé
Community Member
5 months ago

Ya so ... let’s not generalize woman ... some woman are clean freaks others are in the middle and others are the opposite ... this is not a female trait .. this is a human being trait ... please stop putting woman in charge of cleaning and making them feel like if they don’t keep their house spotless there’s something wrong with them

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