There are a lot of ridiculous myths out there in the world, from silly thoughts on periods to crazy beliefs about sex. But some of the craziest myths I’ve heard are ones about women. “Girls can’t do math or science.” Wrong. I know many women who are crazy smart in those subjects. “Girls can’t like sports the way guys do.” Wrong again. I know so many girls who love sports that that statement is just absurd to me. “Women never like the nice guys.” Nope, maybe they just don’t like you.
To be honest, I’m getting a little sick of hearing these myths and stereotypes all the time. This Ask Reddit thread didn’t really make me any less mad, but it did make me feel better that it at least gave women a chance to speak up. Here are 16 crazy myths about women that are totally not true – add what you’ve heard in the comments below!
That We Only Have One Hole Down ThereNiamhel: That we pee out our vaginas... Nope. We have three holes down there: the urethra (which is where we pee out of FYI), the vagina (that's where we have sex) and the anus. Source: ShutterStock
That You Have To Have Curves To Be A Womantubollamas: "Real women have curves!" No, eff you. It's not your decision who's a real woman and who isn't. Curvy women, skinny women, athletic women are all real women despite what you happen to find attractive today. Real women have bodies. Yup. Bodies. Any shape or size. Source: ShutterStock
That We Only Like Jerkssacredhearts: That females always go for assholes. Not all do. Puhh-lease. I am so sick of hearing this. Just because a girl doesn't like you and you happen to be a nice guy doesn't mean she only likes jerks. Also, that's a ridiculous statement. No woman is like, "Oh, who's my type? A complete d-bag. Mmm yeah, I like 'em mean." Source: ShutterStock
That Our Vaginas Change After Too Much Sex[deleted]: That you can tell how much sex a woman has had by looking at her genitals. No you can't. Also, that having a lot of sex makes the vagina "loose." Apparently some people think the vaginal muscles are magic since apparently they're the only muscles in the body that get weaker with more use. Um, no. This is yet another stereotype that allows society to slut-shame women. Source: ShutterStock
That Sex Comes Easy To Usfiannais: That all a woman need to do is ask for sex and It shall rain upon them! This is BULL. Sure if you are Kate Upton or something, but with most women this is just not the case. It pisses me off to see it painted all over reddit, that a lady just needs to ask their male friend for sex. No, this is not the case. Just cause you have male friends does not mean they want you sexually. God forbid male and female be friends out of general interest in personality! I've heard a lot of guys say things like, "It's so much easier for girls in the dating world! They have people basically begging for sex!" This is not true at all. Sure, some women are really confident and can get anyone they want quickly. But not all of us are like that, and it's not like we can just walk out the door and have suitors waiting for us. Source: ShutterStock
That We Understand All Other WomenAnrikay: That women understand women. Goddamnit, I'm a woman, that doesn't mean I know why your girl is pissed off at you, or why she won't talk to you, or shit like that! I mean sure, I might understand the average woman more than a dude would. But that doesn't mean I know everything about girls or why they do the things they do. Source: ShutterStock
That If We're Feminists We Hate Menwillie-wagtail: That if we are feminists we must be man-hating sexists. That's not feminism, that's misandry. Yes, some feminists are man-haters, but it's not a criteria and I personally look down upon such bigotry. Thank you. Feminism and misandry are two entirely different things, and I'm really sick of people acting like they aren't Feminism means you want men and women to be equal and that's it. Source: ShutterStock
That Showing Emotion Means We Have Our Period[deleted]: That we must be on our periods if we express frustration or sadness in front of men (and women too). And if we become frustrated and annoyed during our period, it's because we are menstruating and it's not due to other people or our surrounding circumstance. I'd prefer not to have all of my emotions (with the exception of happiness) be invalidated, especially in this way. Life would be a lot happier for everyone if we stopped shaming everyone for thier feelings (men aren't exempt from emotional invalitation either). My number one pet peeve is when I start crying or get angry and some dude is like, "Whoa, are you on your period or something?" Um NO I just have emotions like any other normal human. Ugh. Source: ShutterStock
That Makeup = Insecurity[deleted]: That women who wear make up are insecure, and feel that they are not pretty enough to attract a man. I wear makeup because I like it, I think it looks good, and it's fun. I most certainly do not wear makeup to impress any guy out there. Get over yourselves. Source: ShutterStock
That Weight-Lifting Will Make Us Look 'Manly'HarlequinSpirit: That if we lift weights we will get bulky. Yeah... That's not how science works. I've been lifting seriously for 4 months now and I've gotten better results in that time than I did the entire 2 years of JUST cardio and small weights. If you're trying to lose weight, weight-lifting is actually incredibly important. It increases your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. It's essential to incorporate it into your workout routine along with cardio. Source: ShutterStock
That We Can't Be Just Friends With GuysDChilders6: As a girl who has a ton of male friends, it pisses me off when people assume I'm sleeping with them. I have guy friends who I definitely do not want to sleep with. So do plenty of girls out there. Source: ShutterStock
That We Can't Do Physical Laborleash1991: That we can't be useful for hard work, yard work and cannot build/ fix things without the help of a man. I hate this stereotype. My best friend does tons of work that supposedly only men can do, and she's great at all of it. Source: ShutterStock
That You Can't Be Attractive and SmartFrustrated_Tomato: That if we're at all good looking, we must not be smart. Why do people still believe this? It's so absurd that it's almost laughable. Source: ShutterStock
That All Girls Make Bad Friendsparatactical: I actually think the myth that drives me the craziest is one perpetuated mostly by women: that women friends are somehow difficult, catty, or bad, and it is preferential to be "one of the guys" or have primarily male friends. There is this idea out there that guys are better friends than girls because girls are evil and manipulative. This is so not true. For every girl who has talked about a friend behind her back, I can show you a guy who has done the same about his friends. I've seen dudes with just as much drama in their friendships as some girls have, if not more. Source: ShutterStock
That We're Helplessherdiamonds: That we're helpless little creatures that need help/support with everything. Physically and emotionally. I love being independent and get shit done without asking for help. The damsel in distress thing needs to be over already, okay? Source: ShutterStock
That We're Always Fishing For Compliments[deleted]: That when I ask how I look, I really just want to be complimented. No, stupid, I want to know if this dress makes me look fat before I go out in it! Ughhhhhh get out of here with this, please. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these myths annoys you the most? Which do you feel like is actually true? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments.