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Seemingly Harmless Everyday Things That Scream 'Sexism'

It can be worrying how deeply embedded sexism is in our everyday lives. Sometimes misogynistic norms can become so accepted that we forget to question them. A lot of women are confronted with these contradictions when they are asked something like, "Why do you shave your legs in the winter? Or really, at all?" A lot of us subscribe to the notion that we just feel more comfortable or cleaner when we have smooth legs, but how much of that is true? If we had grown up in an alternate universe where nobody put a razor on their skin, and women in films were au naturel, would we still want to shave it all off?

On Reddit, women are sharing seemingly harmless things that are really sexist, this thread may make you reconsider why you have made certain choices in your life.

Seemingly Harmless Everyday Things That Scream 'Sexism'| thumbnail text - ohmyh00dness • 20h The "compliment" of being told "you're not like other girls" 187 ...
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New Mom Lashes Out After Husband's Constant Sexist Jokes

Having children is quite possibly the most significant commitment you will ever make in your life and one you should only undertake if you plan on doing the hard work involved in raising your kids. This means sharing parental responsibilities with your partner, even if you didn't give birth yourself. Yes, dads, we're talking about you. However, it appears that some fathers don't understand how contributing half the ingredients towards making a child means that you are responsible for half the work in taking care of them. One new mom found out that not all dads believe this to be the case when her husband used sexist jokes as responses to her repeated requests to help her with their baby. She claimed that she did 99% of the work, and her husband refused to help, claiming that it was the women's job to raise babies. When she finally snapped and called him a d*ck, he went off in a huff, making her feel the need to apologize. She posted her dilemma on Reddit's Am I The A—Hole, and unsurprisingly, Redditors had a lot to say in her defense.

new mom upset over husbands constant sexist jokes | thumbnail text - Posted by u/professorplopsy 4 days ago 12 5 AITA for calling my husband ad*ck? Not the A-hole I (F33) and husband (M37) had a baby 5 months ago. He really wanted kids, I was on the fence. However, I am the one who does 99% of the baby stuff. Asking him to do something is like pulling teeth sometimes. He keeps making jokes like he doesn't need to do stuff, he has a wife for that, or he can't do something, he's holding the baby.
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People Expose The Sexist Assumptions Google Translate Makes

Many languages are gendered, so it's very difficult to be neutral when it comes to translating from English. The default is often male and this can lead to a lot of confusion, and assumptions when learning a new language. However, what people are discovering is that even with languages that are 'un-gendered,' like Finnish, Philipino, and Hungarian, Google Translate will still make certain assumptions about the pronouns.

Many people are very frustrated with how their language is appearing, and how sexist it appears on Google Translate and they're showing off the inconsistencies on Twitter.

People Expose The Sexist Assumptions Google Translate Makes| Thumbnail text - OK I did my own experiment and wrote "She is an engineer. He is beautiful" then swapped the translation back to English. That's mad sexist @Google Ő egy mérnök. Ő gyönyörű. She is an engineer. He is beautiful. Ő egy mérnök. Ő gyönyörű. He is an engineer. She is beautiful. Bekreftet
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The Best Twitter Responses To Burger King's Misogynist Tweet

Burger King dug itself a hole on International Women's Day. The fast-food chain thought it was the best day to post a (now deleted) tweet saying that "Women belong in the kitchen." A follow-up post explained that only 20% of women are chefs, and Burger King will be starting a scholarship program designed to "help female Burger King employees pursue their culinary dreams". However, the use of a misogynist joke on a day celebrating women left many Twitter users highly unimpressed, as gender stereotypes are still rampant in 2021 and far from being able to be joked about. Check out the best Twitter responses to Burger King's tweet below for what not to do on International Women's Day

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Brother Accuses Sister-In-Law Of Cheating After She Starts Wearing Makeup, Husband Is Fuming

Having not put on a full face of makeup for the best part of a year, I jump at any opportunity to get dressed up. Or at least to feel like I've put some effort into my appearance, because how long can a girl wear sweats and have her hair in a messy bun before she goes insane? So I fully support any woman who puts on makeup to feel good about the way she looks, even if it's to stay at home. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with me. One guy posted on Reddit's Am I The A—hole, explaining that his wife, who received some makeup as a gift, has started experimenting with different looks, adding that "she's really talented with it, and she's having a lot of fun." So far, so good.

That is until his brother "decided she must be posting pictures or sending pics to some dude or multiple dudes," aka, she must be cheating because there's no other explanation as to why she'd suddenly be wearing makeup. Of course, women only wear makeup to cheat on their partners, right? The woman's husband called his brother an "insecure, testicle grabbing, chauvinist man-baby," which obviously didn't go down well. Read the whole story below, and see how quickly Redditor's jump to her defense, commend the OP for his healthy attitude towards the entire thing, and call out the toxic brother-in-law for projecting all hit sh*t onto his brother's wife.

brother accuses sister-in-law of cheating because she starts wearing makeup, husband goes insane | thumbnail Font - Posted by u/throwaway47757954325 5 days ago 3 8 8 2 67 285 3 78 79 AITA for calling my brother an "insecure, testicle grabbing, chauvinist man-baby" over his comments about my wife's makeup? Not the A-hole That's the actual quote. I'm still pissed as hell but maybe I went too far here. My brother and I are both late 30s. We get along fine most of the time, but my brother doesn't do
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Women On TikTok Reveal Their Most 'Blatantly Sexist' Encounters

If you thought sexism wasn't still a genuine problem, think again. In a recent trend on TikTok, women are sharing their most "blatantly sexist" encounters, and the stories are shockingly heartbreaking. The trend started when TikToker @mandyalise uploaded a video recounting a frustrating experience she had while shopping with her soon-to-be-husband. She prefaced her rant by asking, "Ladies, what's the most blatantly sexist thing a man has said to you? I'll go first."

She explained how the pair were shopping for some "fancy new shirts" for her fiance. At the checkout desk, the male employee who served them provided crucial care instructions for the garments. "As he's scanning them, he's saying, 'Make sure you take good care of these. Make sure you wash them in cold water. Make sure you hang them to try and make sure you iron them. And who was that man looking at when he was explaining these washing instructions? Not my fiancé. He was looking at me."

The video has since been viewed 756k times and received almost 8k comments. Women from all over the world began sharing their own sexist encounters, which are truly heartbreaking. Here are some of those shocking revelations.

women on TikTok reveal the most blatantly sexist encounters | thumbnail includes two stories Text - Leah "An electrician came to install my light and was saying how difficult it was and I couldn't possibly understand because I'm a girl (actual words)..."
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Real Advice From The 1950s On Finding A Husband: Tip 5

In 2012, the invention of Tinder changed the landscape of love, dating, and relationships as we know it. Gone are the days where flirting required real-life, face-to-face interaction and welcome to the age of virtual romance, where your next hook up is only one swipe away. As a woman who uses dating apps, it's easy to feel like a small disposable fish in an endlessly big pond of younger, better looking, and more heavily photoshopped fish. I often wonder if courtship was really that much easier before online dating took over, or has the struggle to find good-quality men been one that women have faced since the dawn of time? 

It seems so; a magazine article titled '129 Ways to Get a Husband' was discovered in a 1958 edition of American magazine McCall's. In what seems to be an attempt to help its readers find a husband, it lists 129 bizarre, sexist, and possibly politically incorrect tips to point them in the right direction. I've decided to look into each one to see if they would work today and whether or not things have really changed all that much over the past 62 years when it comes to dating. Welcome to your weekly tip on 'How To Find A Husband: 1950s Style'. Here's Tip #5. 

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Real Advice From The 1950s On Finding A Husband: Tip 4

In 2012, the invention of Tinder changed the landscape of love, dating, and relationships as we know it. Gone are the days where flirting required real-life, face-to-face interaction and welcome to the age of virtual romance, where your next hook up is only one swipe away. As a woman who uses dating apps, it's easy to feel like a small disposable fish in an endlessly big pond of younger, better looking, and more heavily photoshopped fish. I often wonder if courtship was really that much easier before online dating took over, or has the struggle to find good-quality men been one that women have faced since the dawn of time? 

It seems so; a magazine article titled '129 Ways to Get a Husband' was discovered in a 1958 edition of American magazine McCall's. In what seems to be an attempt to help its readers find a husband, it lists 129 bizarre, sexist, and possibly politically incorrect tips to point them in the right direction. I've decided to look into each one to see if they would work today and whether or not things have really changed all that much over the past 62 years when it comes to dating. Welcome to your weekly tip on 'How To Find A Husband: 1950s Style'. Here's Tip #4. 

find husband 1950 offensive dating apps tinder online relevant magazine advice | 1950 dating advice 129 WAYS TO GET A HUSBAND JOIN A of HIKING CLUB Susan is it just me or are these offensive
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What Men Imagined The Women's Suffrage Movement Would Be Like (42 Pics)

Women's suffrage, the legal right of women to vote. Women's suffrage first began in 1848, when a women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. 

And from the moment the word spread, the men dramatically feared the worst... stepping into their wives shoes. 

Must have been so awful being a housewife. Considering all the men who created these illustrations displaying their worst nightmare, becoming the housewife themselves. Oh, the absolute horror. 


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Housewife Article From 1955 Titled 'The Good Wife’s Guide' Is Embarrassing

"The Good Wife's Guide" was originally published May 13th, 1955, in a magazine called, "Housekeeping Monthly." 

As the title of the article suggests, these 18 bullet points is the guideline on how to be a "good wife." From nonstop house chores to pampering your husband and never ever questioning anything he says and does. 

Really?

This article reminds us of another hilarious article from 1958 on how to find a husband.

Thank goodness times have changed because these 18 bullet points sound unbearable. 

Story via Primer Magazine

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Some Japan Companies Are Enforcing A 'No Glasses' Rule For Women

In an article published by Bloomberg, it was revealed that some Japan companies are barring women from wearing glasses in the workplace. 

Did I just read that correctly? Wait, let me put on my glasses. 

Such a simple and obvious necessity you wouldn't even think twice about, yet some Japan companies are banning the necessity -- soley for aesthetic purposes. 

Japan Nippon TV aired the story that has since gone viral and received tons of response. 

Japanese women are now fighting for the right to wear glasses to work. The hashtag #glassesban was trending, women sharing selfies of themselves wearing the apparently offending eyewear. 

Ishikawa, who has started a petition signed by more than 31,000 supporters who agree standing in heels all day should not be a job requirement for female workers had this to say about the situation, "If wearing glasses is a real problem at work it should be banned for everyone -- men and women. This problem with glasses is the exact same as high heels. It's only a rule for female workers."

Right on, Ishikawa! We stand with you, women of Japan. 

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Church's Dance Guidelines For Girls Is Disturbingly Backwards

This is not OK. Facebook user Ashlee Allen Fegan shared this Church's flyer titled, "First Dance Kit" with her followers and it's gaining some momentum. 

This "First Dance Kit" seems to be directed only towards girls, where's the boy's 'First Dance Kit'?

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