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People Break Down The Worst Double Standards They've Ever Heard

Reddit user No-Challenge-3305 asked: 'What's the stupidest double standard you ever heard from someone?'

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A double standard is defined as:

"a code or policy that favors one group or person over another"

However not all double standards are formalized. Most of the double standards individuals face daily are based on customs, stereotypes, traditions or other less formal societal codes of conduct.

Double standards are inherently unfair to one or sometimes both parties.

They may exert control or compliance with gender or socioeconomic stereotypes on everyone or serve to repress one group while favoring the other. But they shouldn't be confused with all unequal rules.

The sign at the amusement park that says "you must be this tall to ride" is there for a very good reason.

Double standards fail to pass any logic test, with some being more ridiculous than others.

Reddit user No-Challenge-3305 asked:

"What's the stupidest double standard you ever heard from someone?"

My Time Vs. Your Time

"I had a production manager who would come in late and leave early most days and then make problems for anyone who needed a half day for anything."

~ TheGreatGrappaApe

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"My first manager at my current job was a harda** about hours. Would basically say 'There's the door' if you asked to leave early or come in late, no matter how rare or needed the occurrence was."

"Always talked about how dedicated he was."

"Dude would roll in at 9:30 leave at 11:00 for lunch. Get back at 1:00 and go home at 3:00."

"He constantly talked about how he just LIVES at work... even though we were all there, and he had been seen at the golf course every day."

"One of the funniest moments was when our client was parked behind him, and needed my manager to move his truck to be able to leave, but said 'I'm not gonna ask him to move his truck, because I'm afraid he'll just leave'."

~ bcos4life

"Stealing" What He Gave Them?

"My uncle used to hire undocumented immigrants while complaining that illegal aliens were stealing people's jobs."

"He liked to hire them because they worked hard and were cheap."

~ ScrubIrrelevance

"So he himself was stealing other people’s jobs because it’s not like the illegal immigrants were able to make the decision to employ them instead of a US citizen or person with a visa."

~ CaptainObviousBear

Just For Me, Not For Thee

"'I want an open relationship to explore my sexuality, but I don't want you sleeping with anyone else'."

~ MamaPagan

"I didn't realize people actually said stuff like this until my most recent ex said it to me."

"I was baffled, to say the least."

~ Vetzero

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They Are "Those People"

"My mom had a problem with welfare recipients until my sibling went on it."

"Then, back to nasty welfare recipients when they got off welfare."

~ Eringobraugh2021

"My cousin is on multiple government programs, and counts the seconds until her 3 separate child support payments come in... then sh*ts on 'Deadbeats' all the time."

"She even bragged about using her EBT to get tattoos."

~ bcos4life

Boys Will Be Boys

"My ex believed that teen girls who fall pregnant while still in school should be expelled and not allowed to finish school at all."

"Sounded like he thought they were contagious or something."

"After a heavy argument I said 'OK fine then boys must also be expelled', but no apparently it's not the same thing."

~ boekieblaker21

Piety Not In Practice

"My aunt calls me a sl*t for wearing short skirts."

"She doesn't know who the father of two of her three children is."

~ Perfect_Patience1109

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"When I was young, a relative used to constantly call me a 'whore' and accuse me of being pregnant, when I had never even had a boyfriend."

"Meanwhile, she was sleeping with someone else's husband."

~ haloarh

"Isn't that usually the way?"

"The one calling people names and pointing fingers is probably the most guilty."


~ NoThanksJustLooking1

It's Only An Entitlement If Someone Else Gets It

"My FIL served in Vietnam. When he came home, he used the G.I. Bill to get a free college degree (in social work)."

"He didn't like being a social worker, so he spent much of his adult life working as an appliance salesman, an electrical supply salesman, or (for significant chunks of time) was unemployed."

"He owned a house and raised two kids."

"When he retired, his sole source of income was Social Security."

"He never paid a dime for medical care because of his VA benefits."

"He sold his house (that he paid like $65k for in the 70's) for a healthy profit, moved to Nevada, and settled into a retirement community."

"If you ask him, he'd happily tell you that 'the problem with this country is all the people and their damned entitlements. I don't know why people don't just get a job'."

~ Redditor

Cheat Codes

"My friend’s mom said Men cheating and women cheating are different because men only care about the physical and not the emotional."

"Come to find out, she was being cheated on by her current husband, and I am assuming this is how she coped."

~ Head-Roll6309

"The responses I got to being cheated on from coworkers were different. I was blamed by other people for not giving her what she needed so obviously she should go out and cheat to get those things."

"And I responded with 'Do you think the same about men cheating?'."

"'Of course not. Men cheat because they can't be trusted and will f'k anything they can. Women cheat because they are being mistreated by men and it's his fault she has to go out and do that'."

"Was a great comment to me, the panic attack filled person whose life was falling apart and entire world was destroyed by her cheating."

"I left that workplace pretty soon after those comments."

~ polorat12

TMI, Dude

"Dude I worked with felt I needed to know that he'd have to have a wife and a mistress because he didn't want someone who sucked his d*ck kissing the kids."

"And I was like 'have you considered maybe washing your d*ck better?'."

~ VinnyVincinny

"Really they can’t reconcile respecting someone they have sex with."

~ Zer_0

Consent Is For Everyone

"'He can't refuse sex. He's the man. The woman always decides when and where we have sex. Everybody knows that'."

"In marriage counseling, my ex-wife (while we were still married). She was serious, too."

~ Azzizzi

"My ex-wife would get visibly angry when I wasn't in the mood but she was."

"More than once I'd ask her like 'you know how messed up it would be if these roles were reversed, right? If I got mad at you for not being in the mood?'."

"And her response was just 'well, you're a guy'."

~ AutoDefenestrator273

"Ugh, it sucks that you went through that, and I'm sorry. The idea that men want sex all the time no matter what is so damaging."

"Everyone is allowed to not want sex, and I wish people would stop acting entitled to other people's bodies."

"Even when people aren't reacting with anger if a male partner turns down sex, this myth still causes real damage in relationships. I know both men and women who've expressed fears that they're broken or their relationship is somehow dying if the woman has a higher libido or even if the male partner turns down sex once."

"It's awful and I really wish people would stop buying into this idea."

~ VinnyVinnieVee

And Now For Something A Little Lighter...

After these serious topics, let's end on a lighter note.

Unless you're a cat.

Feline Fatitude

"I call my cat chubby all the time but as soon as someone else does it, I get so offended."

~ Green_Bench7560

"I also call my cat fat. He is not. I asked the vet."

"But I'd be super offended if he developed the ability to talk in English and then called me fat."

~ Dmahf0806

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"Growing up, we had a cat who was a grand lady but she was kind of a chonk. Pleasingly chonky."

"We took her to the vet for a regular checkup and got a different than usual vet, who came in and said, 'Whoa, well let's look at this little porker!'."

"My parents and I all got mad instantly. We were allowed to joke about her weight. No one else was."

"That's the rule. Also 'porker' sounds so rude."

~ SageThistle

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Double standards are all around us.

Which ones do you find particularly foolish?

Things People Secretly Love But Would Never Admit To In Public

Reddit user sweet_chick283 asked: 'What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?;

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What makes us all unique is our passions and the things we love, whether it's singing in the shower, reading books, or listening to specific music artists.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are judged for our various tastes and interests thanks to social media, and it makes us consciously selective about sharing the things we love on the internet.

Curious to hear about people's personal desires under anonymity, Redditor sweet_chick283 asked:

"What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?"

These aren't really chores for the following Redditors.

Good Clean Fun

"Mopping, im a janitor and generally hate my work... but damn mopping is so good."

– MrDDog06

"When you have a great rhythm going it is something special. I get the same feeling while I vacuum, but won’t let my wife know I enjoy it."

– Bogus_34

Act Of Unwrinkling

"Ironing clothes. A dozen of them. Can’t explain how it relaxes me. I told one person and they looked at me like I’m crazy."

– eerie_white_glow

"My mum misses the days when dad would be out on a Friday night, my brother out with friends and me upstairs quietly playing PS1. She would pour herself a Bacardi & Coke and do the ironing while watching her TV shows."

"I'm sure she doesn't really miss it now that we've moved out and they've retired but it was her wind-down after a busy working week so I can see how people can find it relaxing."

– xdq

Our solo actions can spark joy.

Big Brother Is Watching

"pretending to be on the Truman show and whenever im in my house i act all inconspicuous so they dont know that i know that they’re watching me."

– Bec_121

"C’mon man, you’re not supposed to let him know. You signed a contract when signing up for live views. I’m reporting you."

– doeswaspsmakehoney

The Multi-Tasker

"Playing video games naked at home while eating cheese."

– thickening_agent

Releasing The Kraken

"I love the feeling when you've eaten good fibre and let out a solid long train log in the toilet. That feeling is heavenly."

– therapoootic

"Even better when it’s a clean wipe and not a poo crayon."

– TheWarmestHugz

Ultimate Comfort

"My (male 41) weekend routine is coming home from work, make hot chocolate, start a fire, dress in a ugly pink nightgown made for old ladies and watch forensic files."

– crazyloomis

Some people are obsessed with collecting things.

So Kawai

"Sanrio stationery stores. All those different multicolor pens, a thousand kinds of erasers, spiral bound notebooks galore... my kids sadly have absolutely no appreciation for this wonderland..."

– HavingNotAttained

It's A Staple

"Office supplies have a weird, special place in my heart ever since I was a kid. They don't even have to be 'cute' necessarily."

"Japan's legendary stationery stores is unironically a reason I want to go."

– _CozyLavender_

Not Caring Anymore

"The older I get the shorter that list gets. Not because I love less things, but because I don't care about hiding it."

– Bi-Beast

"YES!! I'm 53 now. I'm working my first job in public since 2006. Today is Halloween and we're allowed to dress up so I am sitting here waiting to go to work dressed as a VERY bad Wednesday Addams. My bf said I'd 'look stupid' because no one else will probably dress up and I'm like, 'WHO CARES!' My makeup looks horrible and not like I practiced, but I DO NOT CARE! I'm having fun with it anyhow and I don't care if my coworkers dress up or not. I'm bein' ME! :)"

– deanie1970

Honorable mentions start here.

The Savior

"Picking up worms from the street and sidewalks when it rains and moving them into the dirt so they don’t burn in the sun, every time it rains I do this."

– sky_kitten89

Hero Of The Moment

"Yoooo I scoot SO many snails and worms. I work as a tech/mechanic at an automotive shop, I had a peoject car towed to my house the other day and it was covered in snails. I saw them when the tow guy/coworker was unloading and I was like, 'oh! It comes with free snails!' and began moving them. He laughed then realized and said, '... Oh, you're serious. Uh... Okay.'"

"I don't care who knows it. These little things barely can look out for themselves, why shouldn't we if we can take a moment to help? I don't care what happens next, it probably doesn't matter overall but I can help this moment."

– chris14020

Why should some of the hidden desires mentioned above have to be secret?

Redditors opening up about some of these would make them a hit at parties–no shaming.

As a matter of fact, I'll totally be down for a Forensic Files viewing party where we all make hot chocolate, light the fireplace, and cozy up together in our respective pink ugly nightgowns for old ladies.

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We've probably all heard some variation of the saying "Truth is stranger than fiction."

Real life isn't just strange, it can also be downright ridiculous.

History is riddled with moments of absurdity.

So ridiculous that people have a hard time believing real life is, well, really real.

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