People reveal which “double-standard” irritates them the most.

Be it a clear case of misogyny or an instance of benevolent sexism. What’s with the double standards?


People aren’t that different and double standards only enforce all kinds of discrimination!

We have compiled for you a full-frontal list of the most annoying double standards that can ever exist, shared by Reddit users!

1. Ageism

I have to pass yearly workplace harassment/sensitivity training, and they make a big deal about age discrimination. Here’s the kicker, age discrimination only applies to old people not younger. For instance, I could get in serious trouble/fired for calling someone a dinosaur, but yet every week people tell me that I should grow a beard so that I look old enough to work. – Henry Darcy


2. Different agendas

As an Asian American, it’s being counted as a minority when it suits one agenda, and being counted as white when it suits another. –ThanksForTheCaner

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3. Two Weeks Notice

If I want to resign, I’m expected to give my two weeks notice. If I get laid off, it’s effective immediately with no notice whatsoever. – may_june_july

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4. Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman

In your 20’s, you’re an adult to kids, but a kid to adults. – dan105

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5. Parenting

When watching kids, men are babysitting and women are parenting

On the other end of the spectrum, if a woman takes a child out with mismatch clothes and their hair undone, they are a bad parent. If a man does the same, it is cute and at least they are trying. – el_monstruo

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6. Video Games vs. Binge TV Shows

I play video games in shifts longer than four hours at a time and I’m considered lazy.

Someone watches the entire ‘Stranger Things’ series in one day and no one bats an eye. – Pizanch

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7. Gender Matters

The way women can still be treated differently. When my husband and I withdrew our 401k money to buy a house, I was asked to have him sign and notarize documents showing that he agreed. He didn’t have to do the same about me.

Just last week, we called a company to get new windows for the house and left a message to call back.

I didn’t know that they had called, and that my husband had gotten an appointment. I called again to request one and was asked to have my husband present since he needed to sign on any work.

Yes, he’s a co-owner, but he wasn’t told the same about me. – 3600MilesAway

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8. Generic Terminology

Old person, “This generation is offended by everything.”

Young person, “Happy holidays.”

Old Person, “I AM OFFENDED.” – proboardslolv5


9. Lead By Example

Manager, “You need to be a team player and help your team out.”

*Sits in her office all day not doing anything. – secre-tariat_alb

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10. Cheapskate or Independent?

Man offers to split the bill, he’s a cheapskate. Woman offers to split the bill, she’s independent.- DavosLostFingers


11. Using Their Children

Everyone I work with who has kids gets tons of bonus time off just for mentioning that their kids are involved.

I get exactly what we’re supposed to be entitled to. – well_uh_yeah

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12. Men Can’t Be Victims

Men can’t be raped or assaulted. Truly an awful double standard. – HotDinnerBatman

13. Custody Battles

How easy it is for a father to lose custody of his kids, but the mother basically has to be convicted of murder or something for her to lose them.- MrThunderkat


14. The Problem With A Pretty Face

When an attractive person gets away with doing stuff, but other ”normal” people would get judged/in trouble for doing the same thing.

I have a friend who is super pretty, and she always gets what she wants just by batting her eyelashes because she looks great. It kind of makes me feel awful. – Brianne0797

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15. Weight

Being told I’m to skinny and that I should eat more, but I can’t tell you that you’re fat and that you should eat less. – OddFur

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16. The Rich Can Be Depressed

Rich people can’t be suicidal because they can afford help. I didn’t know depression could be cured with money. I got into a huge argument last weekend about Chester Bennington’s death because someone said, “I have no sympathy for people who commit suicide.” Good for you, but you’ve never experienced that. You can’t just magically make depression go away, and calling a suicidal person selfish or saying that they shouldn’t be suicidal doesn’t help the problem at all. – AR-47


17. Drinking Age

Adult at 18, but can’t drink till 21. – Hey_Its_Me_Dave

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18. Toplessness

Guys can go topless in the summer in public. Even where it’s legal, women can’t due to the social stigma. This extends to breastfeeding. – Optical_Fallacy


 19. Femininity and Masculinity

Females can say, “I’m just one of the guys” and like traditionally male activities, and it makes them “cool.”

Guys who say, “I’m just one of the girls” and like traditionally female activities are seen as “gay” and/or “weak.” – starsinaparsec


20. Long Hours

You get in to work before everyone else, and no one notices or cares. But heaven forbid you also leave before everyone else, and you are lazy. Nope, I worked the same amount (likely more) hours than you did. Just because you weren’t here to see it, doesn’t mean I wasn’t here. – illini02

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21. Friends

It is extremely unfair that a lady can call her close friends her “girlfriends,” but a man can’t call his friends his “boyfriends.” – llcucf80

22. Out For A Smoke

A smoker can take at least a five minute break multiple times a day and also take their lunch (not everywhere, but where I work). But if I were to just sit at my desk, idly flipping through my phone for the same spans of time, I’m asked if I clocked out first, and if I’m deducting it from my break time. – DiabetesStarterKit


 23. Around The Clock

If I’m working a night shift, sometimes I’ll want a beer or a glass of wine to relax afterwards and before I go to bed. Sometimes that happens to be at 8am.

My Gosh, the complaints that I get. People seem to think that it would be much better for me to wake up at 6pm and have a glass of wine for what is effectively my breakfast at that point. Great plan there. – Portarossa

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24. Outfit Choices

Women can wear men’s clothes. Men can’t wear women’s clothes. – Cheesesandwichmonger

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