When faced with injustice, you generally have three ways how you can react. You can ignore it, keep your head down, and get on with your day without making any waves. You can try to be sneaky and make subtle 5D chess moves to outplay the situation to your own advantage. Or you can call the injustice out and shine a light on it for everyone to see, bold as brass, sometimes using humor to do it. That way, it’s harder to hide the injustice.

This list is about the times that women and men called out sexism and misogyny, as shared on the r/TrollXChromosomes subreddit. People from all walks of life, from everyday employees and parents to skilled professionals, confronted sexism on social media head-on to help everyone. Upvote the responses by these brave people that you agree with and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

#1

With Pleasure, Julianne

With Pleasure, Julianne

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Becklass
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2 months ago

She’s a future leader!

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#2

Too Many Of Us Have An Uncle Randy

Too Many Of Us Have An Uncle Randy

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Ew

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#3

I Agree

I Agree

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

I agree.

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The r/TrollXChromosomes will be celebrating its 10th birthday on the last day of March. "We're currently in the middle of intensive planning for the 10th Cakeday celebrations. It'll be so much better than our 5th Cakeday shindig, folks will cry. But we can't tell you more than that, lest our plans are foiled," the moderators told Bored Panda when we reached out to them.

They’re also steadily moving toward the 1 million member mark. Currently, they’re at just over 802k, so consider joining them and giving them a boost. They post about a variety of topics. In their words, they’re a subreddit for “rage comics and other memes with a girly slant.”

However, this doesn’t change the fact that the subreddit is also home to some serious posts that show how deeply sexism is enrooted in our society. Even to this very day. And while sexism can be subtle and covert, it can also be very overt. One example of this is women getting harassed on the streets. So while it’s one thing to confront sexism online, it’s a whole other ball game when it’s done in real life.

#4

Just Going To Leave This One Here

Just Going To Leave This One Here

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

Priorities!

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#5

This Hurts Deep Because It’s True

This Hurts Deep Because It’s True

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giovanna
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2 months ago

So true. Also, they are afraid of him.

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#6

I’ve Never Heard This Explained So Succinctly (Credit Fu**k_patriarchy On Instagram)

I’ve Never Heard This Explained So Succinctly (Credit Fu**k_patriarchy On Instagram)

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K.
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2 months ago

Crop top summer days coming up!! ☀️🏖 Even if I did this for the next ten years, it’ll never catch up to the times I covered up my body because i have to protect myself, or I’m looking suggestive, or the many other reasons. I wore hoodies in the summer...Enough of this s**t.

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Bored Panda spoke about how women should respond if they’re ever in a situation where they’re either being catcalled or openly harassed on the street with Emily May, the co-founder and the executive director of ‘Hollaback!’ The organization aims to end harassment in all of its forms.

May explained that women should always trust their instincts. “Listen to what your gut is telling you. There is no ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ response to harassment; however, studies show that having some kind of response (either in the moment or later) can reduce the trauma associated with harassment. If you decide to respond, do it for you.”

She said that it’s always all right to do nothing, smile, and keep walking. It’s always up to you to decide what’s right for you and if you want to confront your harassers. It’s always harder to do this in-person than behind the safety of your screen.

#7

Yuuuuup

Yuuuuup

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

Take that!

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#8

Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

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giovanna
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2 months ago

So true

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#9

As An Extremely Gay Lady, I’d Like To Co-Sign The F**k Out Of This

As An Extremely Gay Lady, I’d Like To Co-Sign The F**k Out Of This

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

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I find this comparison weird. Comparing lesbians to men seems....homophobic?

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As May put it in an interview with Bored Panda, your safety is the main priority. However, if you feel safe and choose to respond to your harassers, there are three main approaches that you can take: setting boundaries, engaging bystanders, and documenting the situation. Let’s go into detail about each approach.

“Set the Boundary. Tell the person harassing you exactly what you want them to do and why. Look them in the eye and denounce their behavior with a strong, clear voice. Many people prefer to name the behavior. For example, you can say, ‘Do not [what they’re doing], that’s harassment.’ You can also simply say ‘that is not okay’ or ‘don’t speak to me like that.’ Say what feels natural to you,” May from ‘Hollaback!’ explained.

#10

Good Lesson

Good Lesson

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Agatz
Community Member
2 months ago

My friend told me she was so happy she is turning 40, because finally people have stopped with the baby questions, because now they think maybe she does not have kids because she is too old. And now she does not have do defend herself for not having kids. Jeez, why can't people just back off? Like, do people ask a women questions like that because they think they forgot to have kids and they need to be reminded?

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#11

Where’s The Lie

Where’s The Lie

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Teucer T
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2 months ago

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It's the same logic that states single men can't be foster parents to girls, but we don't take daughters away from widowers.

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#12

Funny How Rarely This Comes Up With Christians

Funny How Rarely This Comes Up With Christians

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LazyPanda
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2 months ago

Nice.

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“The important thing is that you aren’t apologetic in your response, and that you don’t engage with them after you set the boundary. Oftentimes, people who harass may try to argue with you or dismiss you through further conversation or by making fun of you. As tempting as it may be to get into a verbal war with them, we don’t recommend it. The attention may further feed their abusive behavior and cause the situation to escalate. Once you’ve said your piece, keep it moving.”

The second approach is engaging bystanders by telling them what’s going on and what they can do to help you. “Not all bystanders have been trained to respond, but typically people do understand that street harassment is not okay and they want to help you, so what can you do to ask for that help? You will need to loudly announce to people around you what the harasser just said or did and identify them, like: ‘That man in the red shirt is following me. I need help!’” May explained.

#13

I Want To Meet This Heroic Mystery Woman

I Want To Meet This Heroic Mystery Woman

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Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
2 months ago

Absolutely!! We don't even wear makeup or paint our nails to impress men. If there were no men in the world we would look exactly like we do now - but wear much less clothes....

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Now #394,939,684,293,584,384,595,327,475,283,485,684,384,583,584,000,000,000,000,000

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#15

Be A Proud Spinster !

Be A Proud Spinster !

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

And yet it's been given such a negative connotation :(

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She continued: “Then tell people what you want them to do, like, ‘Can you wait here with me? Can you call the police?’ Remember that it is okay to ask for help, it does not mean that you are weak, in fact, it means that you are strong because you’re acknowledging that street harassment, in fact, hurts.”

#16

The Only Way To Get Republicans To Care About Black Lives

The Only Way To Get Republicans To Care About Black Lives

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George-Florin Constantin
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2 months ago

So many issues approached in just a dozen words. Clever girl.

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#17

The List Could Go On And On...

The List Could Go On And On...

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

Try it with race too. "First White Astronaut", "First White President."

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

As long as people keep being defined by their race or their gender, racism and sexism will survive because it means those characteristic are relevant. Barack Obama is not the "first black president", he is the 44th president, and it does not diminish his achievement.

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Ian Smith
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2 months ago

"Male nurse" here.

H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, and it's ridiculous. And just the other side of the misogynistic coin.

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Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, "gamer boy"

JP
Community Member
2 months ago

Or, 'Openly Heterosexual'...

DramaDoc
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a personal peeve of mine. Like, "Girl Boss" is somehow supposed to be more empowering than just "Boss"?!?!?

Demon Child
Community Member
2 months ago

Now, this is a good one. Itś almost as if people are so shocked to see a woman with a good job, they just HAVE to point it out!

Schrodinger's Cat
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I agree that putting "woman" in front of professions should mean that we should put "Male" in front of all professions too! Just so that they hear how odd it is- why not just say "engineer"?

Peter Ian Staker
Community Member
2 months ago

That's fine but why did actress become actor? It's the masculine and feminine form of the same word. It's a lot easier to say "what's the name of the actress who was in X?" than "what's the name of the female actor that was in X?", It's just clunky, it's a pet peeve of mine.

Troux
Community Member
2 months ago

'Actress' is a convenient way to say something that we shouldn't be regularly saying at all. Of course if you are asking for a specific name, it helps to describe them "female", but do we need to have a separate category for female actors? In sports where there are clear physical differences between the sexes, it's important to separate the two, but in arts and general professions, it's an unnecessary modifier.

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Hurrem Haseki
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2 months ago

Do the people really say "female journalist"? Like...for real?

Adriana Coppage
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2 months ago

yep people are like that.

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June
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2 months ago

The equivalent in France is more subtle, it's the end of the word that changes. When someone insist that I am a *equivalent of female programmer* I stare at them and answer.... that I'm a programmer.

Dillon Hughes
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, just as stupid as first female astronaut. Sex and race have nothing to do with profession. First trans female identified as Japanese to win the BS award!

Paula
Community Member
2 months ago

When single females purchase property. Every house I've bought the paperwork said "single female" like it was some sort of crime for a female to buy property on their own.

Neill Powell
Community Member
2 months ago

Women started giving professions feminine names. it was women who wanted the differentiation. This one is on you, ladies, Ii mean, persons..oops. If this offends you do not go and learn European languages, most things have a gender.

Tobin Kern
Community Member
2 months ago

Literally the people that started saying "women" in front of a title were those who wanted make it apparent that women can do anything a man can do... which is ironic because it does sound f*****g stupid.

Damo Lee Park
Community Member
2 months ago

do I go to see a doctress? then why the hell are there actresses? they're actors. and women. female footballer? nope. Footy players. good ones too. bigger hits in the women's games than the men's games these days.

Daniel Ewart
Community Member
2 months ago

Who really perpetuates this tho?

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
2 months ago

Men's football, men's cricket, that's what I'm waiting for.

Lev Pertsov
Community Member
2 months ago

Nobody says that

Chris Challis
Community Member
2 months ago

well it is a description of the gender...

Eric McCarthy
Community Member
2 months ago

People say male nurse don’t they ?

El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember when it was 'Woman Doctor' or 'Male Nurse' but at least now those two have gone, other barriers are still being broken..

H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Male nurse is still around, unfortunately.

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Mike Beck
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2 months ago

Not a problem to me, doesn't sound stupid at all. I always include only relevant details. If "male" is important to the subject, I'll say it.

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well it would sound stupid to specify what the majority is. but it doesn't sound stupid at all to say male nurse, or female fire fighter. That's the whole point quit with the false premises nobody says female journalist.

YoyoSthlm
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2 months ago

You have misunderstood the point here. People should not say "male nurse" either, they should just say "nurse".

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#18

They Should Both Be Free

They Should Both Be Free

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

Yep, in my country they give condoms for free, to help prevent spread of STDs, many people want them to do this with Tampons, Heck, even just get rid of the VAT on Tampons.

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The third and final approach is documenting the situation. If you feel that you’re safe and not currently in danger, you can consider taking a picture or a video of your experience. Or you can ask a bystander to do so.

“This could include the person harassing you, their license plate, or the scene. Some people use photos or videos to report an incident—for example, if the person was at work when this happened people may choose to report it to their employer.”

#19

Women Are Not Free Therapy

Women Are Not Free Therapy

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Gold digger is a misunderstood term. A gold digger offers her looks and typically youth and sex and clout to a man (usually) in exchange for money. That is a fair trade, not a thief. So that is sexist on its own as if the man doesn’t get anything in the exchange. A man looking for a woman to do emotional labor isn’t going to be giving shît back in return, so he is the only gold digger.

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#20

This Is So Accurate

This Is So Accurate

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giovanna
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2 months ago

"How convenient it was when we could assault them and they would just shut up... good ol' times"

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#21

This Tweet Hits Hard

This Tweet Hits Hard

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K.
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2 months ago (edited)

I surprised myself by how mush I got after @asexual avocado expressed empathy so I had to delete the original message.

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May detailed: “Others use it to share their story on social media or anonymously through ihollaback.org. Many find it to be empowering to turn the lens off of them and onto the person harassing them. It often has the potential to be hugely transformative. If it feels right to you then do it. It doesn’t work that way for everyone so ask yourself, ‘Does it feel right for me?’ or ‘Is there another way to respond?’”

According to May, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ response to harassment: “There is no such thing as a perfect response, this is not your fault, and you are not alone. Take the time to recover and employ strategies for taking care of yourself.”

#22

I Swear, The Audacity

I Swear, The Audacity

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Iapetos
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2 months ago

YAH! This.

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#23

Someone Said It!!!

Someone Said It!!!

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nanashi
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2 months ago

mayonnaise for the slip and slide sounds fun though, not gonna lie.

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#24

This Is What We Want. Not The Future, Now

This Is What We Want. Not The Future, Now

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Joonscrab
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2 months ago

Yes. Consent is the MOST BASIC thing to know... It's what makes us human.

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One thing that you can do is to develop a ‘quick ritual’ to help you ‘shake off’ what happened every time that you get harassed. Having a friend that you contact when this occurs can also help. Sharing your story with the people you trust can be very powerful and healing. What’s more, affirming to yourself that you deserve better and that you won’t let ‘the haters’ get you down is another response.

“The idea here is that you want you to develop resilience so that you can get out there and keep being you in the world,” May told Bored Panda.

#25

So Basically

So Basically

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 months ago

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Never talk to anyone again. Nobody needs your gross disease.

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#26

Let Her Name Be Known

Let Her Name Be Known

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She did not invent a "sanitary pad" like shown. She invented the "sanitary belt" that looks more like a mix of a chastity belt and a toilet roll. Mary-Beatr...Kenner.jpg Mary-Beatrice-Davidson-Kenner.jpg

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#27

Invasive, Huh?

Invasive, Huh?

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

The entire Trump presidency was invasive.

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#28

My Boyfriend Didn’t Appreciate This One As Much As I Did

My Boyfriend Didn’t Appreciate This One As Much As I Did

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Javiera Gotelli
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2 months ago

This made me laugh out loud. For real.

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#29

Success Is The Best Revenge

Success Is The Best Revenge

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matthew owen
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2 months ago

Sexist AND racist. He must be fun to be around...

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#30

Unfortunately True

Unfortunately True

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K.
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2 months ago

I don’t shame hypocrites for having the same amount or more sex than others. I just like seeing them flustered while they try to work out why it’s okay for them.

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I’m a fan of poet Dylan Thomas’ lines: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” While the context is important, you can interpret the words to mean that you should fight for what’s right instead of giving in to the pressure placed on you to stay quiet. Just remember that your safety is paramount: online and IRL.

#31

F**k The Patriarchy

F**k The Patriarchy

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River Webb
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2 months ago

this hasn't aged well in Australia

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#32

Truth

Truth

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James016
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2 months ago

It's also none of your neighbour's business

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#33

Mansplaining Fail

Mansplaining Fail

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Linus Nilsson
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2 months ago

Haha! I wish I could have been there to laugh in his face

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#34

It Never F**king Ends

It Never F**king Ends

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 months ago

Wow, they cry you didn’t like sports? I figured it would be a relief to many men who don’t like the pressure of having to enjoy sports when they don’t. I’ve never dated a guy who seriously cares about sports. That’s so cringe and middle America basic.

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2 months ago (edited)

I look forward to my periods (kind of). I am either in a near death state of being, or I push myself at the gym to get through the things I hate at the same time. (Exercise is good for you. I can have a hate/love relationship with it.) EDIT: I have passed out, vomited, and were sent to the hospital from pms pains. For some odd reason, I push myself even more during “let the gates of hell open” week. I still got three tubs of ice cream.

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#36

"Women R So Emotional"

"Women R So Emotional"

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

They do.

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#37

Yep

Yep

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

Definitely social conditioning.

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#38

And The Sinister Version, "If She Has Boobs, She's Biologically Ready For Sex"

And The Sinister Version, "If She Has Boobs, She's Biologically Ready For Sex"

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Iapetos
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2 months ago

That last thing with SpongeBob won't change.

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#39

Bless The Boys

Bless The Boys

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J. Zingler
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No Emma, you fail as a parent in allowing a 45 minute "meltdown".

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#40

So True

So True

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kevin
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2 months ago

When I was in high school, the teacher asked for boys to help her with carrying things. A girl asked why she's only asking boys. The teachers response "Its really heavy." I know much of the girls in that room can carry much more than my male body.

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#41

Girls Are Always Taught How To Stay Safe, It's Not As Common To Teach Boys To Not Create Unsafe Situations

Girls Are Always Taught How To Stay Safe, It's Not As Common To Teach Boys To Not Create Unsafe Situations

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Bob
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2 months ago

Wait i don't understand what Matt Pearce is saying. Would someone explain?

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#42

How Come Tho?

How Come Tho?

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Teucer T
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2 months ago

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Ummm... "Daddy Issues" doesn't actually exist. Nobody even knows where the phrase originated from. Some attribute it to Freud, but Electra Complex (female version of Oedipus Complex) does not mean anything close to how "daddy issues" is used.

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#43

F**king Truth

F**king Truth

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matthew owen
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2 months ago

Exactly! Victim blaming is never useful.

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#44

Yes, Just Like That

Yes, Just Like That

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

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Then, like how?

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#45

Misogyny Running Deep

Misogyny Running Deep

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago (edited)

That is so 19th century mindset! What a shame some people in 21st century still hold on to that!

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#46

This Explains A Whole F**king Lot, Actually

This Explains A Whole F**king Lot, Actually

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K.
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2 months ago

Spoiler alert. Quite a bit of females/women perpetuate the misogyny they’ve learned from other females/women and a society that treats them less. They teach us to police others who fall outside of their ideals, breeding another generation of misogynists. Gross.

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#47

Unconstitutionality

Unconstitutionality

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Something
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2 months ago

Talk about a nanny state.

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#48

I Don't Know Why This Made Me Laugh So Hard

I Don't Know Why This Made Me Laugh So Hard

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

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Of course you would. Anyone can win a debate against dead babies!

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#49

Take Notes Hallmark

Take Notes Hallmark

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

Please

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#50

"Why Do They Say 'Women And Children First'? What About The Men? Why Is Society Anti-Men?"

"Why Do They Say 'Women And Children First'? What About The Men? Why Is Society Anti-Men?"

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Helena Houzarová
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Children go first because they are the future. Women go with them because they are competent and able to get the children to adulthood. Simple logic.

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