On Friday, Reddit user u/Buttercuppy44 asked people, "What's something we need to stop normalizing?" People came through with some super accurate, specific, and important examples.
Here's what they said:
3. "Unhealthily obese pets. You took a warrior and domesticated it! They aren't happy if they're fat! They just eat on instinct! Stop inadvertently hurting the beings that love us unconditionally!"
4. "Diamond and gemstones as gifts. They're shiny rocks with artificially inflated value. They're only expensive because people are willing to pay so much for them. If everyone stopped buying them, the price would fall faster than the Hindenburg. Or faster than the employment rate this year."
5. "Coming to work sick. People tend to get praised for that, but they are in fact just endangering others to get sick as well — and in the end, it costs the company more than if they would've just stayed home."
6. "Working while on vacation. You go on vacation to relax and enjoy yourself, not to try to fill out spreadsheets and deal with work bullshit in your hotel room."
7. "Having an opinion on everything. It's OK to say, 'I don't know enough about this to have an opinion.' People seem to have some strong opinions about shit they understand very little about."
8. "Married couples disliking one another. Normalizing abusive and toxic elements in marriage is not OK."
9. "Alcoholic mom culture. No, you don’t NEED to bring wine to your daughter's soccer game. It’s not quirky. It’s awful. Wine mom stuff on social media only strengthens it and makes it more popular."
10. "Filters that change the shape of your face to fit a beauty standard. Kids are growing up with an even more distorted view of what they should look like than previous generations."
11. "Students overwhelmed by homework when it isn’t necessary. I’m excluding situations like when the workloads from classes are reasonable and happen to pile on one day or students who aren’t organized, etc. This whole thing is a gray area — but sleep, burnout, mental health for students exists."
12. "That anything is possible if you try hard enough. Don't get me wrong — a lot is possible, but not everything. There are factors beyond ourselves that determine our success. The best we can do is to give our best and be happy that we've done so."
13. "Taking pictures of strangers without their knowledge and posting it on the internet. It's toxic as fuck, and it wasn't that long ago when it was seen as creepy."
15. "Bullying. It's absurd how society will frame it as a 'stage of your life,' rather than supporting individuals more, so they know how to deal with it, especially academically. Still overlooked majorly."
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Note: Some responses have been edited for clarity.