When it comes to social norms, we’ve come a very long way as a society. Think about a recent episode of Game Of Thrones (which, yes, is fantasy, but still has factual elements to it), and then think about how we live today. We’ve gotten rid of many outdated beliefs and customs, and we’ve improved upon so, so many things.
However – and this is important – we certainly aren’t perfect just yet. There are so many things that are still considered acceptable in this society that I know we’ll look back on one day and feel totally embarrassed. Then there are the things that are acceptable that are just really creepy. This Ask Reddit thread allows users to point out only some of those things. Here are 18 of the creepiest social norms that should probably not be as acceptable as they are:
People Talking About How They're Trying To Have A Babydonrhummy: people telling everyone they're trying to have a baby. they're essentially telling you, "we're spending a lot of time having my husband cum inside me." YUP. I always think about this and hate it. Source: ShutterStock
Grindingtendingthegarden: Grinding on random girls at clubs. My friends call it "mystery d*cking" I just... why is grinding still a thing? It is SO uncomfortable to be a part of, and even more uncomfortable to watch. Ugh!
Taking and Posting Pictures of StrangersHeidious: Taking pictures of strangers and uploading them to a public forum (read: Facebook) without said stranger's permission. I hate how comfortable as a society we are with this. Yeah, this is definitely bothersome. Think about it: someone could take a picture of you at any time without you knowing. That's weird!
PaparazziFredfredbug4: There is a multi-billion dollar industry centered entirely around stalking people and revealing the most private parts of their lives to the public. Paparazzi are scum. Yup. It's disgusting that this is just perfectly acceptable. Source: ShutterStock
Saying The Pledge Of AllegianceJalapenyobuisness: The Pledge of Allegiance. I mean think about it. What would everyone's reaction be if they heard that North Korean students were told to recite a statement affirming their loyalty to their country every day before school in total unison. "Wow those North Koreans are crazy. That's super creepy! Sounds almost like a cult chant!" And yet, here we are. This is definitely a valid argument. Source: ShutterStock
The Space Between Doors In Public Bathroomsmyrddit: the half inch of space in american bathroom stalls, through which you can watch people sh*t. I've always thought about how weird it is that so many public bathrooms have these spaces. It makes me so uncomfortable, but at the same time, I'm used to it. I think a lot of people here don't even give it a second thought, which is a little disturbing. Source: ShutterStock
Truck Nutzchefinmaine911: I think it's pretty fucking creepy that it's ok for guys to drive around in big trucks with giant metal ballsacks hanging off the back, but OMG A NIPPLE on the Superbowl halftime show freaks out the whole damn world. WTF is wrong with people?! Seriously! This is such a good point.
Fathers Giving Away A BrideXen_a 2299: Fathers giving away the bride. Like it's usually very sweet and touching in modern practice, but it comes from the tradition of selling women. The tradition is literally based on the father transferring ownership over to the husband. Whenever I think about this it creeps me out. The tradition behind this is definitely what makes it creepy. Source: ShutterStock
That Wearing A Bikini Is OkayTheOriginalWizard[S]: That the difference between a woman wearing a bra and panties in public and a bikini is that only one of them is socially acceptable. Not exactly creepy, but definitely weird. Source: ShutterStock
Touching A Pregnant Woman's StomachFrescaEm: Touching pregnant women's stomachs without asking permission. Or even just asking how far along they are. Most of the times I've witnessed this, the women aren't pregnant and they usually don't have a belly. Why does this still happen? So many women have expressed discomfort over it. It's not normally acceptable to touch a woman's stomach, so why do it if there's a baby there? Source: ShutterStock
Rape Jokes About MenPrez_Material: Rape jokes aimed at men. While if we made jokes about women getting raped on the street or in our media it would be scowled at, but people make prison rape jokes in our pop culture about men all the time and it's supposed to be funny. I've never understood why rape jokes about guys are okay. Rape in general is not okay, no matter what gender is involved. Source: ShutterStock
Child Beauty PageantsTheOriginalWizard[S]: Here's another one: Child beauty pageants. It's creepy, essentially because it promotes hypersexualization of children, and most of the time, they are dressed up like hookers. So it's basically little girls dressed as hookers to win a prize. Oh society, what the f***. Yes, yes, yes. Source; ShutterStock
Keeping The Ashes Of A Lost Loved Onei_lost_my_password: Keeping a deceased loved ones ashes in your house, like in an urn above the fireplace, has always creeped me out a bit. This has always creeped me out as well. I understand it may have a meaning, but I don't know if I could handle it. Source; ShutterStock
Our Feelings About EuthanasiaLachwen: Our attitude towards euthanasia. If your beloved dog has terminal cancer, you're a horrible person if you don't have the dog put down. Depending on your local laws, you may even be charged with animal cruelty if you let the dog suffer through the disease until the end instead of helping it die in a more peaceful, less painful fashion. Quality of life trumps quantity of life. If your beloved grandmother has terminal cancer, you are a terrible person if you even suggest helping her die in a more peaceful, less painful fashion. You must force her to suffer through the disease until the very end. Quantity of life trumps quality of life, even if she is in constant pain and begging for release. What the fuck. I simply do not understand the negative attitude to physician-assisted suicide. There is no reason to force a person to suffer through a death that we'd be rightly arrested for forcing on a dog. This is definitely something worth thinking about. When Brittany Maynard, pictured here, said she would choose doctor-assisted suicide over living with her illness, many people were outraged and shocked. Maybe we should be more open-minded.
Kids Being Forced To Kiss RelativesHalfManHalfCyborg: Children being expected to give or receive kisses from elderly relatives (or just family friends), and are scolded for not wanting to do so. I never really thought about this issue very much until I heard someone else brought it up, but it's definitely something to think about. Source: ShutterStock
Counting Down Until A Female Celebrity Turns 18Naibii: There's been a lot mentioned about the sexualisation of children which is definitely my argument as well. However, I'd go more into detail and say that i think this phenomenon of excitedly waiting until people (mostly girls) are "legal". Kind of like what happened with chloe moretz a little while ago. The thought makes my skin crawl Yeah, this is so weird. I remember when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were close to turning 18, and people were making entire websites dedicated to counting down to their birthday. It was sick.
Harassing WomenAmyXBlue: The harassment of young girls, after that last big askreddit thread, and seeing the majority of responses from others elsewhere. It's gross how accepted sexual harassment is, especially towards kids and women on the street. Why are so many aspects of sexual harassment still seen as acceptable?
Trick or TreatingUnSafeHairBall: Halloween, we teach kids to not to take candy from strangers but there's a night we encourage them to go door to door and ask for it. I love Halloween, but yes - there are many creepy things about it. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these social norms do you think is the creepiest? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.