Despite 2015 having been dubbed "The Year of the Woman" and multiple publications claiming that last year was a "tipping point" for women and minorities, there's no denying that being a woman in the world is difficult. Thanks to long-lasting, extremely outdating gender stereotypes and continued sexism and fortified inequality in the workplace, women continue to face misogyny on a regular (if not daily) basis.
The Huffington Post recently brought together a number of women of various ages and races and asked them to recite the sexist things they've been told or heard throughout their lifetime. Many of the hurtful sentences the women say into the camera are said haphazardly, either vindictively or by oblivious individuals who don't realize how sexist and offensive their words really are.
This is arguably the beauty of having women say all the sexist things they've heard: It brings to light the misogynistic undertones that pepper a predominantly patriarchal culture. Without bringing these sexist and fallacious assumptions to light — shouting them if need be so that others can understand what women face every day — we can't possibly hope to change as a society. If 2015 was "The Year Of The Woman," maybe let's make 2016 "The Year Of Maximum Feminist Wokeness."
Women Are Bossy, Men Are Assertive
Girls Need To Be Protected, Boys Will Be Boys
Girls Are Pretty, Boys Are Smart
Girls Get Picked On, Boys Get Chased
Girls Don't Have Body Hair, Boys Do
Girls Are Distracting, Boys Get Distracted
Girls Like Things To Impress Boys, Boys Just Like Things
Girls Are Slutty, Boys Are Sexual
Women Are Prudes, Men Are Moral
Women Are Blamed, Men Make Mistakes
Women Are Enticing, Men Can't Help It
Women Are Emotional, Men Are Spirited
Women Are Attention Whores, Men Are Naturally Charismatic
A Woman Is A Bitch, A Man Is A Boss
Women Are Dramatic, Men Are Serious
Women Are Weak Because Of Their Bodies, Men Are Strong Because Of Theirs
Women Should Try To Appear Attractive, Men Shouldn't
Women Should Smile, Men Don't Have To
Women Are Exotic, Men Are Cultured
Women Are Body Parts, Men Are Human Beings
Women Are Harassed, Men Compliment
Women Should Want The Men Who Want Them, Men Should Want The Women They Want
Women Shouldn't Starve Themselves But They Should Be Unrealistically Skinny
Women Shouldn't Like Eating As Much As Men Do
Women Shouldn't Like Whiskey, Men Should
Women Shouldn't Like Football, Men Should
Women Are intimidating, Men Are Inspirational
Women Shouldn't Make Their Own Choices With Their Bodies, Men Should
Women Can't Have It All, Men Do Every Day
If A Woman Is A Feminist, She's Angry. If A Man Is A feminist, He's Enlightened.
Women Are Easily Influenced, Men Are Influencers
Women Want To Get Married, Men Are Terrified Of Marriage
Every Woman Should Want Kids, Every Man Should Be Afraid Of Kids
Women Have Biological Clocks, Men Just Have Clocks
Women Should Take A Man's Last Name, Men Should Make Women Take Their Last Name
Mothers Should Look A Certain Way, Fathers Can Look Any Way They Want
Women Shouldn't Work After They Have A Baby, Men Need To Work After They've Had A Baby
Stay-At-Home Mothers Are Lazy, Stay-At-Home Fathers Are Revolutionary
Working Mothers Are Selfish, Working Fathers Are Providers
Women Shouldn't Make More Money Than Men
Women Cook Dinner Because They Should, Men Cook Dinner Because They've Been "Trained"
Women Are Cougars, Men Are Playboys
Women Lose Value As They Get Older, Men Become More Interesting
For Women, Sexual Harassment Is A Gift. For Men, Sexually Harassing Someone Is A Compliment.
Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't Fulfilling, Being A Stay-At-Home Dad Is Honorable
Older Women Should "Just Give Up," Older Men Don't Have Anything To Give Up
Women Should "Dress Their Age," Men Just Need To Worry About Getting Dressed
Older Women Are Not Attractive, Older Men Are "Silver Foxes"
Enough Is Enough
From the very young to the wonderfully old, women are constantly being told they are less than. It's beyond time that these 48 things stay in 2015, where they didn't belong but should rightfully stay.
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