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19 Indian Women Reveal Offensive, Sexist Remarks They've Heard At Work

"How do people take you seriously at work when you wear lipstick and dresses and all? – A bestselling author."

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Comedian Kaneez Surka: "I don't like female comedians making sexual jokes, it just doesn't sound right."
Kaneez Surka

Comedian Kaneez Surka: "I don't like female comedians making sexual jokes, it just doesn't sound right."

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Reality TV star, comedian, writer Priya Malik: "At a comedy club... a man once told me that women could only be either pretty or funny. My vagina LOL'd."
Priya Malik

Reality TV star, comedian, writer Priya Malik: "At a comedy club... a man once told me that women could only be either pretty or funny. My vagina LOL'd."

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Chef and entrepreneur Pooja Dhingra: "While trying to rent my first kitchen space... 'Where is your husband? Has he passed away?' – The real estate agent".
Pooja Dhingra

Chef and entrepreneur Pooja Dhingra: "While trying to rent my first kitchen space... 'Where is your husband? Has he passed away?' – The real estate agent".

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Actress Shweta Tripati: "There's no item song in the movie? Then it's doubtful if it'll be a hit."
Shweta Tripati

Actress Shweta Tripati: "There's no item song in the movie? Then it's doubtful if it'll be a hit."

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Actress and producer Vishakha Singh: "You shouldn't ask too many questions to the director. A heroine must be cute and bubbly."
Vishakha Singh

Actress and producer Vishakha Singh: "You shouldn't ask too many questions to the director. A heroine must be cute and bubbly."

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"How do people take you seriously at work when you wear lipstick and dresses and all? – A bestselling author."
Akash Iyer

"How do people take you seriously at work when you wear lipstick and dresses and all? – A bestselling author."

7.

"You're way too pretty to spend all day indoors writing code."
Shreena Thakore

"You're way too pretty to spend all day indoors writing code."

8.

"I always send pretty girls to meet clients. That way they usually agree... Make sure you smile. You have a nice smile."
Pia Alize

"I always send pretty girls to meet clients. That way they usually agree... Make sure you smile. You have a nice smile."

9.

"Madam, legal documents don't require ladies to sign."
Esha Chatterjee

"Madam, legal documents don't require ladies to sign."

10.

"We cannot send you for outstation shoots... The company refuses to pay for women's safety."
Priyanka Shertukde

"We cannot send you for outstation shoots... The company refuses to pay for women's safety."

11.

"Don't wear short dresses to office. It distracts other people."
Akash Iyer

"Don't wear short dresses to office. It distracts other people."

12.

"We cannot hire you because you're 25 and unmarried and that is always risky."
Richa Makker

"We cannot hire you because you're 25 and unmarried and that is always risky."

13.

"A male counterpart's opinion was valued and appreciated over mine despite sharing the same opinion."
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"A male counterpart's opinion was valued and appreciated over mine despite sharing the same opinion."

14.

"Oh, you work from home? Isn't that the best thing any Indian woman could ask for?"
Meera Sapra

"Oh, you work from home? Isn't that the best thing any Indian woman could ask for?"

15.

"If you have to progress in this industry, you'll have to become someone's girlfriend."
Samridhi Dewan

"If you have to progress in this industry, you'll have to become someone's girlfriend."

16.

"You will easily get the job because your his favourite li'l intern."
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"You will easily get the job because your his favourite li'l intern."

17.

"Women of power in this company are either bored wives of rich men or frustrated single women with no lives."
Priyanka Iyer

"Women of power in this company are either bored wives of rich men or frustrated single women with no lives."

18.

"Being mansplained how to do my job... By men who don't have my skill set, from entirely different departments, and who actually don't know what my job entails.Thank you, you omniscient beings."
Hardik Sadhwani

"Being mansplained how to do my job... By men who don't have my skill set, from entirely different departments, and who actually don't know what my job entails.

Thank you, you omniscient beings."

19.

"You women are not to be preaching, teaching from pulpit; be submissive and quiet, god will honour you with a good husband and nice future."
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"You women are not to be preaching, teaching from pulpit; be submissive and quiet, god will honour you with a good husband and nice future."

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Andre Borges at andre.borges@buzzfeed.com.

Rega Jha is the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed India and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Rega Jha at rega.jha@buzzfeed.com.

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