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    Women Are Sharing The Things That Make Them Uncomfortable That Society Deems Acceptable, And TBH, It’s Super Disheartening

    "Media teaching men that it's okay to keep 'chasing' a woman even when she tells them to stop."

    Recently, Reddit user u/Lazereyes1996 asked women to share some societal norms they feel extremely uncomfortable with, and they had a lot to share. Here are some of the most eye-opening responses:

    1. "Thinking a woman without makeup on looks unprofessional. Eyeshadow doesn't make you a better accountant or lawyer or whatever it is you do."

    A woman wearing no makeup working on a laptop
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    2. "Historical TV shows and movies constantly portraying women through a sexual lens. There are other ways to portray a medieval setting besides treating women like shit. Women had their own lives and experiences that could be portrayed instead."

    u/FusRoDaahh

    3. "Men I work with calling me a 'good girl.'”

    u/hiburk

    4. "Thinking that it's gross to have body hair — especially considering how hairy men are."

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    5. "Using sexualized and gratuitous female nudity in movies to sell tickets or to keep men interested, with absolutely no regard for the women in the audience."

    u/MyHonestOpnion

    6. "Believing that men who drink and party are a good time, while women who drink and party are 'hot messes.'"

    u/ghost__wit_deh_most

    7. "Media teaching men that it's okay to keep 'chasing' a woman even when she tells them to stop."

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    8. "Not prescribing painkillers for painful gynecological procedures. Women are expected to tolerate significant pain."

    u/NervousHour4129

    9. "The fact that most voice assistants (e.g., Siri, Alexa) have female names and voices. And most AI robots are created to look like women."

    u/Alrighty_then82

    10. "Men wanting women to look younger and younger. There is huge pressure on women to have no signs of puberty — no stretch marks/cellulite, petite figure, hairless body, doe eyes, and a girlish voice."

    A woman putting on undereye masks
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    11. "Calling women 'females.' It makes us sound like some sort of animal. They always call women 'females' before explaining how all women share some trait that they dislike."

    u/Opening_Evening

    12. "The portrayal of women in Hollywood blockbusters. James Bond? He's the hero and fucking some girl. Indiana Jones? He's the hero and there’s a woman he’s got to save. In almost EVERY movie, the genius, the hero, and the legend is a MAN. A woman is used only as a supporting character in his orbit, and a sexual one at that."

    u/SunnyBunnyBunBun

    13. "The 'average human male' being used as the standard (and sometimes the only) type of human they use for medical testing and safety equipment."

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    14. And finally, "All of the shows, movies, and miniseries about women getting followed, abused, and murdered by men."

    u/StandardReporter9

    Which social norms do you feel uncomfortable with? Let us know in the comments below.

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.