You would think by now that the majority of double standards for men and women would have vanished into thin air by now. Sadly, that is not the case.
In an online forum, men and women met to discuss areas where there are still double standards between the two genders. Here are ten of their most common responses.
Women Don’t Need Pockets
Women’s pants frequently have very small pockets or no pockets at all. Women like to carry items in their pockets just like men do, but the fashion industry doesn’t care.
One woman said, “Women’s pants have useless pockets but they tend to carry around more things.” Another discussed carrying a purse, sharing, “It’s not a choice for many of us anyway. It’s near impossible to find women’s pants with useful pockets.”
Women Are the Ones Who Clean
Women aren’t the only ones who are capable of cleaning their homes, but they are the ones who tend to get blamed if guests come over and the house is not in order. Even the commercials for cleaning products seem to push this stereotype.
One man said, “Anytime there is a cleaning product commercial it acts like men are clueless. I do all the laundry, cook all the meals, and keep the house somewhat in order, yet these commercials tell me I am incompetent compared to my wife.”
Long Hair Is For the Ladies
When a woman with long hair walks into a job interview, no one bats an eye. When a man does it, he is frequently told that it must be cut in accordance with the dress code.
One man said, “No one bats an eye at a woman with long hair, but when a guy has it it’s ‘unprofessional.'” Another man said, “I know a guy who had long hair and applied at McDonald’s. The manager asked if he would be willing to cut his hair. He asked if the girls working there had to cut their hair. Needless to say he didn’t get the job.”
No one ever asks a man if he is pursuing a higher education to find a wife, but women are still asked if they are attending college to find a husband.
One woman said, “Guys often ask me if I am in college to find a husband, no ever asks a man if he’s there looking for a wife!” Another woman said, “I met my fiance while pursuing my PhD and I still get that joke and I say that ‘yes, I did six extra years of school just for that.'”
Women Are Too Emotional
Women are often made out to be too emotional, even if they are calmly and rationally explaining their position. One woman said, “I work in a male dominated field, and sometimes if I push back against a decision too hard I’m slapped with ‘you’re too emotional.’ It’s tiring and annoying; like I’m not too emotional I’m just invested in this million dollar project that I don’t want to see fail. Ugh.”
Another said, “So many times I have tried to get certain men to understand that me disagreeing with them doesn’t mean that I am in a bad mood or emotional. I just disagree. Calmly and respectfully, but that seems to be lost on them.”
Men Must Register For the Draft
When males turn 18, they must register for the draft for possible military service. However, there is no equivalent requirement for women to do the same when they turn 18.
One person said, “Men have to register for the draft but women don’t have to register for anything equivalent be it civil service or something else.”
Only Women Can Change Their Last Name
Some people still believe that women should be the ones to change their last name when they get married, but that’s simply not the case. Some couples have hyphenated last names. In some cases, men even choose to take the last name of their wives.
One man said, “I’m a guy and I took my wife’s surname because it sounded better than my original surname. I also refuse to call it my maiden name.”
Women Can Be Trusted With Children
It’s crazy how people just assume that women can be trusted to watch over children, even if they are a stranger to the children. People assume terrible things if it is a male watching over a child that’s not his, even if he knows them.
One man said, “I dated a woman with a son for awhile and they practically lived with me so I took a lot of child rearing duties that often ended up with me and the child alone in public. I was stopped by moms, store employees, and even cops. I was almost arrested once at a park because I couldn’t ‘prove’ he was supposed to be there with me.”
Men Don’t Compliment Each Other
In today’s society, men don’t feel comfortable complimenting other men on their appearance or anything else really. On the other hand, women give compliments to each other all of the time.
One man said, “Recently, I walked past a group of women and overheard them complimenting each other on how beautiful they looked. It made me realize that it’s virtually impossible me for me to compliment my male friends on their appearance without it coming off as weird. It’s kind of sad really.”
Men Shouldn’t Order Fruity Drinks
People look strangely at men who like to enjoy a fruity cocktail but don’t bat an eye when women do it. Men are supposed to drink manly drinks like beer and hard liquor, not fruity mixed drinks.
One man said, “I love them, but I tip extra, those things are a pain to make and I can drink them faster than they can bring them out.”
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I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
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