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Person Lists 18 Alarming Facts That Show How “Our World Was Not Built For Women”

Person Lists 18 Alarming Facts That Show How “Our World Was Not Built For Women”

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If you ever feel like being a woman in this world is somehow hard, it may be because it is. What does it mean for a woman to live in a world that’s predominantly designed by men? Does it make women less visible and less heard? These are crucial questions that we don’t really have the answers to straight away.

But Karly Hou, a sophomore at Harvard in computer science, math, and economics, has recently posted an illuminating thread on Twitter that has shed some light on the current state of gender bias which, in many cases, is not so obvious. “Our world was not built for women,” Karly made a strong statement before proceeding to list all eighteen disturbing examples of how it’s hostile to female identities.

From simple things like smartphones and cars to military equipment and recommended drug dosages, these are the things most of us have been taking for granted. Maybe, until now?

And she listed these disturbing examples of how our world wasn’t built for women

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The world population is projected to reach 9.9 billion by 2050, an increase of more than 25% from the current 2020 population of 7.8 billion. While more than half of this 7.8 billion are women, the heads of governments, corporations, and other influential voices are those of males.

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Many feminist researchers claim that this is the case because the “default male” is the figure our world is designed around. According to one such author, Caroline Criado Perez, the male that serves as a stand-in for “human” may have very real and often damaging consequences.

From longer wait times at the loos to phones that simply don’t fit female hands, these are some of the annoying things women have to find their ways around. Some though can be truly lethal, like protective clothing that wasn’t built according to female proportions, or misdiagnosing heart diseases in female patients.

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But the default male problem is much greater than just manifesting in daily activities or objects. Turns out, it’s something that permeates the very language we use to talk about such things. According to feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon, the #MeToo campaign has achieved what the law couldn’t.

“Culturally, it is still said ‘women allege’ or ‘claim’ they were sexually assaulted. Those accused ‘deny what was alleged.’ What if we changed the emphasis and said that survivors ‘report’ and the accused ‘alleges’ or ‘claims’ it didn’t happen?” Prior to #MeToo, society has privileged the male accused while framing women’s reports as suspect.

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The problem takes us to the point that gender bias is an unconscious matter that we are all “infected by” from an early age. Feminism is part of the process to “unlearn it,” but it needs more radical shifts in thinking while we frame the default male concept as inherently problematic.

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More women shared their observations on things that were meant for men

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andreavilarmelego avatar
Ozacoter
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The worst for me is how medicine has always been focused on men. (I know that this was mentioned I just hate it). Women are rarely studied and diseases that only affect women are barely researched. Doctors still have the idea that women are "hysterical" if they describe pain; studies showed that women need to express much more pain to get the same painkillers than men and that often are prescribed with anti anxiety medication instead of getting a diagnositic. A perfect example is endometriosis; it is as common as diabetes but because it only affects women it was barely researched. The average time for a diagnosis is between 7-10 years because women are not believed when they say that they are in pain and because most doctors arent educated in menstrual problems. It took me 10 years to get a diagnostic and one to get a treatment. In total I have visited 13 doctors between GPs and Gyns and only one ever treated me with decency.

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Juniper
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't get me started about mental health. Women are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. My friend got first dismissed as hormonal and sensitive, then "just" depressed and anxious. Took her literal years to get the right diagnosis - schizoaffective disorder.

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Nubmaeme
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At the risk of getting downvoted in oblivion, I must say that this why we need more women in STEM studies than in gender studies. More women engineers/designers/etc would mean better clothing, equipment, and facilities.

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Kathryn Baylis
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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If anybody downvotes you, it’s probably a man who’s scared shitless of competing with a woman—-he knows he’ll lose, because he really isn’t qualified and/or was a D student in school (whereas the woman was most likely both highly qualified and an A student), and has been getting by ONLY because he’s part of the “old boys network”.

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John Louis
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This post is among the most effective post on gender that boredpanda has ever presented. We need to see more of this and keep it at the forefront.

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Celeste Grant
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely agree! This needs to be more widely researched and more people need to be aware that 50% of the population are not catered for!

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Ozacoter
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The worst for me is how medicine has always been focused on men. (I know that this was mentioned I just hate it). Women are rarely studied and diseases that only affect women are barely researched. Doctors still have the idea that women are "hysterical" if they describe pain; studies showed that women need to express much more pain to get the same painkillers than men and that often are prescribed with anti anxiety medication instead of getting a diagnositic. A perfect example is endometriosis; it is as common as diabetes but because it only affects women it was barely researched. The average time for a diagnosis is between 7-10 years because women are not believed when they say that they are in pain and because most doctors arent educated in menstrual problems. It took me 10 years to get a diagnostic and one to get a treatment. In total I have visited 13 doctors between GPs and Gyns and only one ever treated me with decency.

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Juniper
Community Member
3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't get me started about mental health. Women are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. My friend got first dismissed as hormonal and sensitive, then "just" depressed and anxious. Took her literal years to get the right diagnosis - schizoaffective disorder.

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Nubmaeme
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At the risk of getting downvoted in oblivion, I must say that this why we need more women in STEM studies than in gender studies. More women engineers/designers/etc would mean better clothing, equipment, and facilities.

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Kathryn Baylis
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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If anybody downvotes you, it’s probably a man who’s scared shitless of competing with a woman—-he knows he’ll lose, because he really isn’t qualified and/or was a D student in school (whereas the woman was most likely both highly qualified and an A student), and has been getting by ONLY because he’s part of the “old boys network”.

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John Louis
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This post is among the most effective post on gender that boredpanda has ever presented. We need to see more of this and keep it at the forefront.

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Celeste Grant
Community Member
3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely agree! This needs to be more widely researched and more people need to be aware that 50% of the population are not catered for!

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