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22 Things About Women In Movies That Are Seriously Unrealistic

If the world was ending we probably wouldn't still have perfect eyeliner.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what unrealistic things about women in movies annoy them. Here are some of their responses!

1. Waking up with perfectly blowdried hair.

Columbia Pictures

"I’m sure some women definitely do this, but going to sleep with their hair down and then waking up with it still in perfect condition and an amazing sheen. I have to sleep with my hair up to be comfortable and I still wake up looking like Edward Scissorhands."


2. Wearing heels no matter what.

Universal Pictures

"The way women have to always dress ‘feminine’ even in disaster situations! Like Jurassic World – they have their main female character running away from DINOSAURS in high heels...freaking t-rexs and velociraptors and running through the jungle...but no let’s make sure she stays in her skirt and heels (and her makeup will be messy but still pretty), so stupid."


3. Teenage girls looking like adult women because they're played by – you guessed it – adult women.

Paramount Pictures

"For the love of god, put in a teenager with acne or braces or something into a film set in a high school. Teenagers are always depicted with, clear skin and fully developed. NOBODY looked like that in high school!"


4. And women in their mid-thirties supposedly being old enough to be the parents of women only a decade or so younger than them.

BAC Films / Magnolia Pictures

"25-year-old actresses are cast as high schoolers, while 35-year-old actresses are cast as mothers of high schoolers."

– Leigh Reinhart via Facebook

5. Engaging in fights with their long hair flowing down.

Marvel Studios

"I can't cross the road with this thick mane all around me and you're telling me you busted some bad-guy ass with your hair whipping around like that?"


6. And exercising or doing sport that way too.

Paramount Pictures

"Working out without putting their hair up - the worst offender is She’s the Man, that final scene where Amanda Bynes plays the whole second half with her hair just whipping in her face drive me nuts. Someone would have given that girl a hair tie."


7. Women having super-fast labours all the time.

CBS Films

"It's both super fast and super terrifying. Nobody is ever counting contractions, trying countless positions to ease the pain, doing breathing exercises etc. The woman always loses her shit from labour pain and gives up her birth plan altogether and dramatically begs for epidural, only to be told it's too late, and it's time to give birth, even though it's only been like half an hour. On that note, movies never depict the actual size of late pregnancy, even when said woman is in delivery. Everybody looks six months pregnant max."


8. Pretty much always having sex with a bra on.

Universal Pictures

"Wearing bras, crop tops, camisoles, or other light upper-garments to bed. Or even more egregiously, during sex. And then pull the sheets right up to their bloody chin. Men like to sleep naked, women like to sleep naked, and odds are reasonably high that if you've just had any kind of sex, you probably won't have had clothes on. I know it's all to avoid higher ratings because for some reason female nipples are obscene, but really??!!"


9. Orgasming straight away and never needing foreplay or to discuss contraception.

Relativity Media

"Start having an orgasm two seconds into sex. No foreplay needed, apparently don’t need to discuss if they needed a condom/if she’s on the pill, has perfectly matching underwear on for the occasion which is so nice she feels the need to keep the bra on and OF COURSE doesn’t need to pee afterwards. They just snuggle and fall asleep in each other’s arms without any need to clean up or worry about UTIs. Soooo realistic!"


10. Wearing matching lingerie constantly.

20th Century Fox

11. Periods not really being a thing that happens or is discussed.

Paramount Pictures

"I’ve literally never seen a female character on their period/talk about their, are they magical unicorns who never suffer the hell we have every month?"


12. Putting on hand lotion right before bed.


"When every single woman in a film puts on hand lotion right before bed. Does anyone actually do this?!"


13. Men being the only topic of conversation amongst women and their friends.

Paramount Pictures

"Friends existing to talk about your guy troubles with. Sure, my girlfriends and I talk about guys, but we also talk about philosophy and what we’re reading and things we’ve discovered about ourselves lately and our latest workout routine and whether God exists and our cats and Harry Potter...for women in our thirties there’s a lot of Harry Potter."


14. Everyone being under the belief that women who would conventionally be considered slim actually aren't.

United International Pictures

"How 'fat' women, aren't fat. Bridget Jones? Not fat. Natalie from Love Actually? Not fat."


15. And all women fitting with a narrow remit of "acceptable" dress sizes.

20th Century Fox

"I really hate how women always seem to be really skinny (and it’s not the women’s fault at all, I don’t want to shame them for being skinny) but I would like to see a woman who wasn’t necessarily plus-size (though we need more leads who are) but weighs 160 pounds rather than 120."


16. Being cool and "one of the guys" while still being super glamorous but not too glamorous:

Paramount Pictures

"Women in movies are always 'cool' because they’re “not like other girls.” This is established by showing them eating chicken wings, enjoying sports, or playing video games. They do all these things in full faces of makeup wearing designer clothes."


17. Shopping being every woman's way of dealing with stress.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"I can't even with giggly fashion montages and women acting like shopping will heal all mental wounds in the span of time it takes to max out a credit card. First of all, if I maxed out a credit card, I'd flip out and beg the store to take my purchase back, not giggle at how silly I am to spend so much money. Second, I doubt a freelance article writer in NYC can afford to twirl around in dresses all day and spend $2000 in an afternoon."


18. Have full faces of makeup on in even the most apocalyptic and unlikely of scenarios.


"What REALLY pisses me off is women always having perfect makeup and hair in catastrophe movies. For example, in Bird Box, the world has 'ended' four years ago and Malorie still has perfect eyelash extensions. How???"


19. Working mums having a terrible work-to-personal-life balance.

20th Century Fox

"That working moms are shown as being overworked, overwhelmed, and never having time for their families, and they always feel guilty leaving their kids at daycare or with a babysitter. First of all, the father is rarely depicted as feeling guilty for being away from his kids. Secondly, most working moms I know have a good work-life balance and feel fulfilled and happy with their careers."


20. All women wanting babies, and those who say they don't end up changing their minds and having them anyway.

Lionsgate Films

– Kirsty Farnfield via Facebook

21. Showering ~sexily~ when alone.

Paramount Pictures

"Every time they show a woman taking a shower by herself, she's always caressing her hair/body in a way no normal human being would when simply taking a shower. Also, she's usually clearly wearing eye liner and false lashes, at the very the damn shower."

– Amy Gabriel via Facebook

22. Women who are very young having jobs that take years upon years to qualify for.

Warner Brothers

"20-year-old actresses are cast as surgeons, astrophysicists, history professors, etc. Unless they were baby geniuses, there is no way someone that young would have risen so high in her profession (especially considering that, because of prejudice and discrimination, it often takes women longer to climb the ladder.)"

– Diane Goodman via Facebook

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