These Are 25 Of The Most Irritating Double Standards

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In a perfect world, new dads could get off work for the same amount of time as new moms, graveyard shift workers wouldn’t be shamed for “sleeping in late,” and doctors would always show up to your appointment ON F*CKING TIME! But alas — we do not live in a perfect world, paternity (and maternity leave tbh) sucks balls, late night workers still get sh*t for waking up at 1pm even though they went to bed at 5am, and healthcare in America is, well, healthcare in America.

There are some double standards that grate on peoples nerves more intensely than others. Like, sure — it sucks that you have to put in your two weeks notice at a job, but an employer can say bye Felicia to you at any moment and that’s just the way is. But when women are shamed for being topless at a beach by dudes whose man boobs are jiggling around ferociously, or LAWD FORBID, breastfeeding their baby in public, those double standards can go suck a d*ck. Or tit. Literally.

So whether it’s a man who gets physically abused by his girlfriend with no legal repercussions or a women getting called a slut while her male counterpart is lauded for his sexual conquests — can’t we all just agree that double standards need to GTFO? Equality can be a motherf*cker getting there, but once we are, life works better for everyone!

These are 25 of the most irritating double standards:


Random women grabbed my ass so many times when I worked as a bouncer in bars. Tried to explain that this behavior is unacceptable and half the time they’d just laugh while saying I’m cute when I’m angry.


You get in before everyone else, no one notices and doesn’t care. 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.


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 God, the complaints 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.


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 young. For instance, I could get in serious trouble/fired for calling someone a dinosaur, but yet every week people tell me I should grow a beard so I look old enough to work.


A lack of changing tables in the men’s room. GUYS CAN CHANGE DIAPERS TOO, DAMNIT. We aren’t all living in a fucking 90’s sitcom.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.