It should come as a surprise to exactly no one to say that, for the most part, girls and women tend to be at a disadvantage in most parts of society. It could be the sexist dress codes that most girls have to deal with at work or school, the unspoken expectation that all girls must wear makeup but, like, only a natural amount of makeup, or, if you are a heterosexual girl, the requirement to talk to human boys. Either way, being a girl or woman is, um, hard.
This is why I felt a deep and spiritual personal connection with this Reddit thread I found today on things that are sexually biased, but people, for whatever reason, don’t talk about. These, basically, sum up the small, insidious societal prejudices against women that shape your life in ways that you might not notice without someone pointing it out to you. So, check out these small–but important–biases people tend to have against girls that no one really talks about:
Poor Representation In Movies And TVIf you think about it, most of the movies and TV shows you've watched probably don't feature women--and, if they do, it's definitely someone whose main defining characteristic is the fact that they're a girl. DarcyMcCarbomb said, "The Smurfette Principle is something that shows up in a lot of shows and movies. Basically, if there's a group of characters, they all have their "thing"-- someone's the smart one, someone's the funny one, etc. The lone female character is the girl one. The boys are individuals, and the girl is just not a boy." Image source: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
There Aren't As Many Female AuthorsYou know how there tends to be a stereotype that girls are good at English classes, but, at the same time, most of the books you read in school are written by men? Well, it starts at the top, my friends. Spookyskinwalker said, "The publishing industry is absolutely dominated by women, on the 'front end' (writing) and on the "back end" (editors, publishers, agents.) But it's men who end up famous, more often than not. Eyeroll." Eyeroll, indeed! As many people on the thread pointed out, this is why some famous female writers like J.K. Rowling and S.E. Hinton used their first initials when they first published their books--otherwise, people might not have taken them seriously. Image source: Amazon
The Fact That Men Are More Likely To Get FamousThis applies in a lot of other creative fields, too. Longlivedaqueen said, "I had a professor in college who told us that more women paint as a hobby than men, but men are more likely to become famous painters." Ugh. Image source: GEtty
Never Being Taken SeriouslyActually, you know what? People will discount women in pretty much any professional field they choose to enter. Thrwaysu said, "I work in and around the defense industry. Most people think I'm the secretary of the expert instead of the expert." This is...infuriating, no? There isn't anything wrong with being a secretary, obviously, but for someone to outright assume that about a person just because they're a woman is pretty...yikes. Image source: Mad Men
Having To Be A Sexy MonsterIf you've ever watched a movie or played a video game that featured some sort of monster, alien, or humanoid creature, you've probably noticed that there's a distinct difference between the genders of the monsters. Specifically, male monsters are horrifying. Female monsters, for the most part, are sexy and have boobs, whtehr or not it's anatomically appropriate for their species. Savoykhol said, "When designing humanoid species or monsters the male will often look quite grotesque and monstrous both in body and facial features. The female will often just look like a hot human woman with recolored skin. They'll also often have tits, even when their kind supposedly have no need for them." This is...painfully true. Let female monsters be ugly! And let them be boob-less, too? Image source: Beowulf
Lack Of Representation In OutdoorsmanshipBestofescher said that the main gender bias they've noticed is in outdoorsmanship, saying, "There are great modern day campaigns (REI's force of nature, etc) that are celebrating tough-as-nails women and I'm lucky enough to personally know some fellas who love rock climbing and backpacking with ladies. (I also have met some fellas who are not so cool about ladies and sports.) But classic American outdoor exploration and recreation had this subtle theme of 'women are just distracting men from nature.' I don't know how many books I've read of men who leave their home so they can travel across the country and heroically resist ogling the curvy diner waitress while contemplating the struggles in his life." Yep. There are obviously some safety concerns that face women who do outdoorsy stuff that men don't have to deal with, and it would be super helpful if these women had more of a platform to help others deal with it. I would love to read something like, say, A Walk In The Woods from a female perspective, but that doesn't seem like it'll be happening soon. Image source: A Walk In The Woods
Having Your Labor CommodifiedPretty much any traditional women's task is something that, if a man tries it, becomes a star-making career. Bmoreisapunkrocktown said, "Traditionally women's tasks that men have now commodified and make so much money off of. Cooking is women's work, but most famous chefs and bakers are men. Medical care is women's work, but doctors are overwhelmingly men. Fashion and sewing is women's work, but famous fashion designers are frequently men. The same is true for beer (look up the history, it's wild), art/literature, government (running the house is a woman's job, but men get paid for doing the same things), and so on and so forth." Basically, women lay the groundwork for many of these careers, so men get to do the flashy, big-name stuff, since it seems like more of a novelty when they do it. As Praisedbywolves pointed out, "The WORST part of this, is that these traditionally female jobs were and are looked down upon until men started taking the helm and now they're viewed as prestige!" Hell's Kitchen
Being Expected To Put More Effort Into Your WardrobeThe concept of looking "professional" varies greatly between men and women--and, of course, it requires a lot more labor for women. MostlyOkNow said, "Workplace clothing. Guys always complain about long sleeves and ties. Try pantyhose and heels. And a full face of makeup. And perfect hair." Yup! Guys can basically roll out of bed and still look traditionally presentable and professional; girls have to put in significantly more effort--and, in most cases, women are the ones who will get most of the flack if they aren't as put together as they're supposed to be, while men get points for trying. Image source: The Devil Wears Prada
What do you think of these biases? Have you ever experienced any of them? Let us know in the comments!