Here's a radical thought. Maybe men and women would get along better if companies and institutions stopped yelling about how different they are? I get it, everyone has their own opinion, and it's a sensitive topic but come on. Toilet paper for women? A cookbook for men? Some things are just absurd. And you can find them on the subreddit r/PointlesslyGendered. This online community is dedicated to collecting examples of the division between the two genders our society so desperately insists on, and over the years have gotten themselves quite a load. Here are some of the worst ones.

#1

Dinosaurs Are For Boys

Dinosaurs Are For Boys

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

The correct response towards anyone meddling in what is none of their business.

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#2

I Feel This Belongs Here

I Feel This Belongs Here

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Hans
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3 months ago

Who remembers the blue oyster bar from police academy?

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Gender-tailored marketing messages are fairly common, but research shows they can have the opposite effect and repel consumers, especially women. In fact, they often backfire to the point of dissuading women from choosing a product they would have considered if the company hadn't talked about their gender so much, a study by Harvard Business School found.

The reason for this lies in human nature. People tend to resist being categorized (or made to feel like they are unwillingly reduced to a single identity) particularly when the product they're being nudged toward evokes a stereotype about their gender.

#3

Random Low Key Pic From 4chan

Random Low Key Pic From 4chan

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Sian Waldron
Community Member
3 months ago

Good on the worker

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#4

Damn You, Spaghetti Sauce. If Only I Had A Man Around! Dinner Is Ruined!

Damn You, Spaghetti Sauce. If Only I Had A Man Around! Dinner Is Ruined!

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Wendillon
Community Member
3 months ago

She should have asserted dominance by opening a jar herself in front of her mom

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#5

Gendering Eggs Now, Are We?

Gendering Eggs Now, Are We?

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sturmwesen
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3 months ago

The problem is not the pink egg but the mom

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Suggesting that women will go crazy over a product wrapped in pink packaging just because some marketer assumes that all women love pink can come across as downright insulting, co-researcher Leslie K. John, the Marvin Bower Associate Professor at HBS, said.

"In a way, this project reminds me of my childhood," John explained. "When I was a kid, I had a babysitter who said, 'Leslie, your favorite color is pink.' She would put pink bows in my hair. Everything had to be pink. This project is partly a reaction against this feeling that just because I'm a girl doesn't mean I love pink! There's something very off-putting about feeling like you're being reduced to a single category of membership."

#6

And It’s Only $49.99!

And It’s Only $49.99!

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sturmwesen
Community Member
3 months ago

To be fair, a lot of women could buy one-for-all but don't and the variety for "male" body care grows.

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#7

Names Have A Gender?

Names Have A Gender?

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King Joffrey
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3 months ago

To be fair, there are plenty of languages where names do have a gender.

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#8

What To Get My Niece For Christmas

What To Get My Niece For Christmas

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Bow, I’m a Slytherin
Community Member
3 months ago

If my aunt was here, she’d say ‘makeup’. I’m not even a girl, I was AFAB, she doesn’t know that though, and for t he past 3 Christmases and my birthdays, she’s only gave me makeup-

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But where does this false notion come from? Why do companies keep trying to sell their products by emphasizing the buyer's gender? Well, the answer to this question might lie in one 2017 Pew Research Center survey.

It discovered that Americans think men and women are basically different in the way they express their feelings, their physical abilities, their personal interests, and their approach to parenting. But there is no public consensus on the origins of these differences.

#9

Gatekeeping A Yellow Jacket, Among Other Normal Things

Gatekeeping A Yellow Jacket, Among Other Normal Things

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Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

How is yellow a gay colour?

angie but who cares
Community Member
3 months ago

yellow is a happy color so straight people aren't happy i guess

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm straight and people think I must be gay because I think purple is an awesome colour. Wtf does the amazingness of purple have to do with my sexual preferences?

Alma Mater
Community Member
3 months ago

i've called gay because i don't mind cleaning the house and love cooking and gardening and reading more than cars or sports

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another one
Community Member
3 months ago

The real issue here is that they view being feminine as a negative. It's not anti-man, it's anti-woman to make these kinds of statements.

Pervinca
Community Member
3 months ago

Unfortunately this tipe of behaviour are too common. It's too common to offend boys/man and degrade their self-esteem for reasonable behaviour/hobby. Moreover, saying "gay" or "girl" to someone ISN'T an insult, using it that way (expecially from "mature" people) hide some worrying prejudices. We still got a lot of work to do as a society to fix this ( I'm not talking about "political correctness, this is simply a matter of respect and wisdom).

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
Community Member
3 months ago

"Hey, if you like books you're gaaaaaayyyy!"

Alma Mater
Community Member
3 months ago

i didn't know that !!! i unfortunately do love books too. now i have to tell my wife i'm gay. i don't know what will be her reaction

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Noelle (she/her)
Community Member
3 months ago

STOP. USING. GAY. AS. AN. INSULT. AND. STOP. PROMOTING. TOXIC. MASCULINITY.

Ocgale the Nonexistent
Community Member
2 months ago

YES

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blugeagua
Community Member
3 months ago

And of course being compared to a "girl" is apparently the "worst thing" that can happen to a man. Because they still see us as less than. The patriarchy effects men and women in horrible ways.

Bex Hallihan
Community Member
3 months ago

And conversely telling a woman she looks like a man is the worst insult some men can come up with. Like mate, it doesn't really work that way but OK...

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Juniper
Community Member
3 months ago

I was around 7 years old and teacher made fun of me in front of the whole class asking me if we are so poor, I have to wear my brothers clothes. I had a shirt with Michael Jordan on it and I picked it myself. At least my parents didn't give a fck.

Pezor Zass
Community Member
3 months ago

I remember my father's cousins seeing me help around the house when i was a kid and hearing them say "aw look, he's good like a girl!" Can't even begin to unravel the toxic mess that statement came out of. Confused the hell out of me then and now

Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
3 months ago

That is messed up. I taught my son to be competent, at everything. That included stuff in the house. Both men and women should feel competent.

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Steve in Denver
Community Member
3 months ago

Steve Hughes is an Aussie comedian who took Home Ec instead of rugby. When he was ribbed about it, he pointed out, "What sounds gayer: showering with 20 guys or eating cake with 18 girls?"

El Dee
Community Member
3 months ago

Sadly I see this pressure coming from mothers. You'd think it'd be coming from fathers, right?

Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
3 months ago

I saw it coming from mostly female teachers, but also from men. The teachers were the worst influence.

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Flora O'Brien
Community Member
3 months ago

can we also talk about how being described as a girl is an insult?....like what?!

Katherine Boag
Community Member
3 months ago

Fellas is it gay to be literate and not enjoy watching dudes try to grab another guy's ball?

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

Yellow is literally a gender neutral color. If you want to keep a baby’s gender anonymous most of the clothes are either yellow or green

MAnahP
Community Member
3 months ago

I looooooove Rugby and I am a woman. I hate that people expect woman to like shopping and annoyed their husbands like to spend the weekend watching sport. I would rather be watch sports that shop.

Mark Stewart
Community Member
3 months ago

Then when you do become that emotionless robot it's, why are you so cold and unfeeling?

Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
3 months ago

But by then there's no way out, unles you're very lucky.

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23AClark
Community Member
3 months ago

That's the problem in a nutshell with this particular subject. Men are taught not to feel when the were BORN to feel!!! How the f**k can you exist by being less than who you are? Which is most of the reasons why we get mentally disturbed men, and homicidal maniacs!!!

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Yellow? So no high viz clothing for boys? Then there are some male cops, male firefighters, male utility workers, and other guys in jobs where they need to be visible to motorists and other hazards, who need to be told that only their female coworkers can wear the yellow vests and/or jackets. Because visible and alive is gay, invisible and roadkill is macho.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay who said these things? I'll punch them for this guy so that the people can call me "hysterical crazy bitch." Instead of name calling him.

Ara Noguera
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! Resist!

a very smol kitteh
Community Member
3 months ago

hw the hell is this happening

Luna Lovegood!
Community Member
3 months ago

i like yellow. it's the color of bananas

Night Owl
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3 months ago

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Person #1,051
Community Member
3 months ago

Yellow is a FABOULUS color

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
3 months ago

Toxic masculinity hurts everybody

kjorn
Community Member
3 months ago

i remember when i was in highschool i have a cassette record of a female artist... not something you can say is "cool" not Mariah carey, but something you can compared too. some guy try to mock me for liking that. i just didn't care at all. it's just stop there. when they saw this didn't even scratch me

D Gangwere
Community Member
2 months ago

I've liked books before I could read. I'm a guy. Got my son hooked on them -oops, he's gay - OMG - what did I do?? :^)

Kiss Army
Community Member
2 months ago

People suck.

Alex Mont
Community Member
2 months ago

boy needs to man up

Meami
Community Member
2 months ago

the line "grow some balls" always bugged me. I loved what Betty White said: "Balls are soft and sensitive. If you want to be strong, grow a vagina. It can take a pounding."

Amy Pattie
Community Member
2 months ago

I first read that as “I got called gay for liking boys” and I thought.. “yes Matt, that’s how it works”

Cheri Huber
Community Member
3 months ago

😢

Pamela Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

One of the things that has always made my blood boil is when a little boy takes a tumble and people automatically stay telling him he is okay and to walk it off before they even know if he is hurt or not. At least make sure he hasn't broken anything before you push him to man up, idiots. Girls on the other hand get babied even if they barely stumble. My Mom used to make me so mad when I would fall. She would make me sit down so she could make sure I wasn't hurt while telling my cousins to walk it off sometimes when they were really hurting.

artok
Community Member
3 months ago

liking books is gay? What kind of people went to that school? What kind of teachers did you have? ... liking books is what makes us human!

Adrienne Kushner
Community Member
3 months ago

What is a big girl's blouse? Don't fire-fighters of both sex wear yellow jackets? What about the Gorton's Fisherman?

Anne Tisdale
Community Member
3 months ago

I love rugby. Does that mean I'm not a girl?

Naruto Fan
Community Member
3 months ago

YES! RESIST!BOYS HAVE EMOTIONS! BOYS HAVE PREFERANCES! (AND OF COURSE GIRLS TOO!!)

Groomer
Community Member
3 months ago

The 'yellowjackets' I know are tiny and send everyone running in the other direction!

Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
3 months ago

THIS. My son was shouted at by the teacher for crying at school. He was four. She did it so often that I took him out of that school. At the next school the same thing. Female teachers were so hard on him, just turned five. The very same people who claim to want boys to be more gentle would be sweet to girls and terrorize boys. This went on, getting worse as he got older. Boys don't just decide to be angry, defiant and defensive - they are pushed to it. If society wants gentle men, we are going to have to start being nicer to boys.

mckenna kelly
Community Member
3 months ago

girls go through similar things through school too. we all didnt cry and run away either.

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
3 months ago

Unfeeling Moron term is bullying I would say!!!

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 months ago

Let them all be human beings that care, love and kind. Passing it all along!

Marilyn Ransberry
Community Member
3 months ago

So reading is only for women? Explains a lot about some men.

Son of Philosoraptor
Community Member
3 months ago

I have something weird with my tongue, I say ""S" like a Castilian. So what, right? In America, if you lisp, you are a target of what is essentially gay bashing. I get to start with disrespect every new encounter I have. School was terrible until I learned martial arts and presented too much confident energy for bullies to test.

Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

This s**t is so unfair and annoying... 🤬

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

Big girls blouse.....is the blouse Big, or the girl?

Tabby_Sohee
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m literally so confused... why is yellow the color of girls? I mean, you guys should be proud of Big Bird in the time you’re gender-info colors . /s

Rhon
Community Member
3 months ago

How many authors are men? Some are footy fans others are cricket fans, sounds like a pretty dumb teacher to me. Oh and better let the NFL. Hall of Fame know that their very coveted Yellow jackets are for gays only!

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugh I hate things like this. I hear things like this at school and I just want to scream "DOING SOMETHING IS NOT GAY!! NOTHING MAKES YOU GAY!!" People suck.

Knoxy
Community Member
3 months ago

OP Matt haig is an amazing author now. I would recommend any of his books.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Also don't use sunscreen, Real Men get melanoma (:

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
3 months ago

Books are better than Kindles.

Sam Mix
Community Member
3 months ago

I think "f**k you" should be standard issue vocabulary by age 6, I swear!!!

B00ts 2.0
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3 months ago

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lmao. like- how is nobody even noticing sexism towards men. thats wickity wack 4 real

KatHat
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3 months ago

You are literally commenting on a post where many people are noticing - and deploring - sexism towards men.

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#10

Shaming Elephants

Shaming Elephants

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Truth Monster
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3 months ago

....is that elephant ok? Is that normal for them to do that?

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#11

"Male Doctor," "Male Chef, "Male Racecar Driver"

"Male Doctor," "Male Chef, "Male Racecar Driver"

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Bobert Robertson
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3 months ago

A male mail man

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I think marketers know this. Maybe some of them just haven't realized that to have an opinion and to base your purchasing decision on it are two different things.

This applies to other aspects, not only gender. According to previous research, for example, even stereotypes that cast people in a positive light—such as Asians excel in math—can trigger a negative reaction from these groups.

#12

Girls Don’t Have Ankles

Girls Don’t Have Ankles

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Haley Brock
Community Member
3 months ago

ahhh i think thats worse than period pains *ow* and last time i checked... i have two ankles

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#13

Fellas, Is It Gay To Touch Your Face?

Fellas, Is It Gay To Touch Your Face?

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
3 months ago

It's true, though. Holding your face together is the only thing preventing his XY-jaw from dragging along the floor, with his XY-knuckles. Plus, he has bonus nose-picking modality this way.

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#14

Sounds Very Mormon

Sounds Very Mormon

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Piet Puk
Community Member
3 months ago

How I can tell that this guy has a small penis? Because there is nothing telling what sex he is when he wears pants.

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#15

True!

True!

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Kristof De Smet
Community Member
3 months ago

how can a meal be too girly? I don't get it?

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#16

Cancer Isn't Gendered, Support Shouldn't Be Either

Cancer Isn't Gendered, Support Shouldn't Be Either

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Wendy Franck
Community Member
3 months ago

unbelievable, makes me so angry

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#17

This Guy Gets It

This Guy Gets It

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

It gets even scarier in fragrance commercials for men that show women sniffing at that stuff...

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#18

In Estonian "Ta" (Or "Tema") Means Both "She" And "He", Google Translate Decides By Context

In Estonian "Ta" (Or "Tema") Means Both "She" And "He", Google Translate Decides By Context

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Meike H
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3 months ago

Scary

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#19

Same Items Inside... Hers Costs 30% More

Same Items Inside... Hers Costs 30% More

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Meike H
Community Member
3 months ago

Pink tax

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#20

Because That Is Totally How It Works

Because That Is Totally How It Works

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artok
Community Member
3 months ago

You should not be angry because people lacks of knowledge. Flamingos are pink, many fishes are blue... Just teach them instead of getting angry which leads to nowhere

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#21

Apparently It’s Gay To See Now

Apparently It’s Gay To See Now

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Real men don't go out of their way for street signs, the street signs scarper out of the way.

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#22

This Is The Worst One I've Ever Seen

This Is The Worst One I've Ever Seen

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sturmwesen
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3 months ago

I am bothered by the door handles, too.

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#23

Girls Live On A Different Planet

Girls Live On A Different Planet

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

Or maybe it's from our periods (ok I'll show myself out)

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#24

Toothpaste For Men Only!

Toothpaste For Men Only!

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Haley Brock
Community Member
3 months ago

wtf i use that toothpaste and i use men's deodorent and its not to strong for my fragile feminine teeth or under arms this makes me so mad

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#25

Wait Until He Learns That Men Have Butt Cheeks Too

Wait Until He Learns That Men Have Butt Cheeks Too

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Ooooomangos
Community Member
3 months ago

Chewbacca thiccc

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#26

Pointlessly Gendered Shelter Caused Trans Student To Be Left Outside

Pointlessly Gendered Shelter Caused Trans Student To Be Left Outside

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Bureaucracy at its finest.....lol. Also, what a stupid shooter plan. "Look, there's a shooter! Quick! separate by genders!"

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#27

No Way

No Way

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Haley Brock
Community Member
3 months ago

well than...

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#28

Accurate

Accurate

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Persp Gold
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like 2 different species

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#29

Food Is Feminine

Food Is Feminine

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

...it likely was 95% barbecue receipes since "real men will only eat meat" roasted to charcoal and not touch anything sweet.

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#30

Pockets?!

Pockets?!

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Persp Gold
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to wear mens slacks for this reason and too many people thought it was a strange thing for me (female) to do

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#31

Men Can't Be Anorexic Apparently

Men Can't Be Anorexic Apparently

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Max
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3 months ago

Turns out diet culture messes with everyone.

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#32

No Bro It’s War Paint

No Bro It’s War Paint

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Kinda contradicts the "You're a man you don't need a mirror" of nearby post.

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#33

Gender Appropriate "Fun"

Gender Appropriate "Fun"

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

A classic. And look how happy everyone is with his and especially her role.

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#34

Fruity Drinks Are Bomb

Fruity Drinks Are Bomb

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Persp Gold
Community Member
3 months ago

No one told him it was a girl's drink. He's just jousting windmills.

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#35

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Bow, I’m a Slytherin
Community Member
3 months ago

Ministry of Magic?

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#36

Had To Share

Had To Share

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Hans
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3 months ago

Not sure of really sexist or mocking themselves.

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#37

Need I Say More

Need I Say More

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
3 months ago

That is really f@#$ing sad and makes me very angry.

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#38

Because Sexualising Babies Is Okay...

Because Sexualising Babies Is Okay...

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Joonscrab
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewww I'm disgusted. The second one looks like something pesos would think of.

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#39

Pointlessly Gendered Lit Sides

Pointlessly Gendered Lit Sides

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Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

Not wanting to be nude with a girl seems pretty gay to me (/s)

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#40

Low Testosterone Male Pink Tool Set

Low Testosterone Male Pink Tool Set

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Joonscrab
Community Member
3 months ago

Patriarchy is the worst for all genders. Even men. These toxic masculine alpha males should really stfu.

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#41

If This Ain’t The Truth

If This Ain’t The Truth

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

"KILL YOUR SISTER" Lmao

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#42

“Things To Say When You’re Staring At A Boy Trying To Think Of What To Say”

“Things To Say When You’re Staring At A Boy Trying To Think Of What To Say”

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 months ago

No, really, I do wish they'd teach us more about Vikings!

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#43

Fathering A Child? Sounds Pretty Girly To Me

Fathering A Child? Sounds Pretty Girly To Me

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

having a designer bag doesn't make you afraid of not being masculine. Why do you think there are diaper bags with flowers and cute baby animals? Because the demographic they are trying to sell the diaper bag to like it.

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#44

Because Somehow Exercise And Dieting Can Be Gender Specific?

Because Somehow Exercise And Dieting Can Be Gender Specific?

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Sanne H.
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Isn’t it girly to worry so much about your masculinity all the time? 😉

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#45

Found This Gem On Tumblr

Found This Gem On Tumblr

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Persp Gold
Community Member
3 months ago

All women have a donut hole in the center. That's just science.

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#46

Fellas, Is It

Fellas, Is It

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Haley Brock
Community Member
3 months ago

woah

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#47

Green Is Man, Red Is Woman

Green Is Man, Red Is Woman

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Persp Gold
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Unclear whether this is gendering or just keeping a theme edit: Just realized these are different white people on unrelated album?movie? covers.

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#48

This Sign On The Door To Our Laundry Room

This Sign On The Door To Our Laundry Room

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