It's literally 2022, and yet — as a woman — sometimes it can feel like we're still living waaay in the past. There are still so many outdated, unnecessary "social rules" we're expected to follow, from how we look to how we act, and even what we do with our lives.
1. "That all women want a relationship or to get married."
3. "That we shouldn't care about men's looks when dating, only their hearts or wallets."
"Looks aren't everything, but for some reason, women are expected to sacrifice their sexual attraction just to get a man."
5. "That we're always dressing for men. I see many people tell women that they should not dye or cut their hair, get tattoos, or dress a certain way because it's unappealing to men."
6. "That we need to wear makeup to look presentable."
"Especially in professional settings, a lot of people have the notion that it is lazy for a woman to not have any makeup on. I wear makeup sometimes, and other times I don’t. I just think it’s an outdated expectation."
7. "Taking care of a husband like he is an overgrown toddler incapable of doing anything for himself."
9. "That — even if we want kids — we want to give birth. It's one of the most painful things a person can go through."
12. "That we’re expected to take so much crap on a daily basis without complaining."
"I hate the expectation that women are docile. Sexual harassment? It’s just a compliment. Sexual assault? You had it coming; do you really want to ruin his life? Periods or any type of pain/illness? It's not that bad. The amount of mental labor we’re expected to do is exhausting, but we have to do it or nothing would get done. And then, men get offended and call us names when we assert ourselves or express any emotion other than happiness. Our boundaries are constantly trampled, and we’re supposed to just take it with a smile. It’s so frustrating!"
13. "That we need to shave, and that our vaginas should be smooth always."
14. "That we need to conduct ourselves in a quiet, polite manner."
"So many men view you differently when you're unapologetically yourself. I’m loud and stand up for myself when I need to, and men give me that ‘how dare you?' look. TBH, it just fills me with power."
15. "I've always disliked how women were seen as the 'heart' of the family, responsible for keeping it all together."
"They want it to sound noble, but it sounds exhausting as hell and unfair. Like no one in a family can function without a woman doing the emotional labor. I have been a ~woman of chaos~ several times in my life, and I stand up for myself in ways that are sometimes not expected of me because of my gender. People assume I'll be a peacemaker because I am a woman. HAHA, no."