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COSMOPOLITAN, JUNE 21, 2019
COVERAGE BY GINGER RESEARCH

The 35 things women find most offensive nowadays

Being chatted up on LinkedIn. URGHHHH.

There are plenty of plus sides to being a woman, like the fact that many of our bodies have the magical capability to grow new humans and then produce the milk to feed them. Or the way we unite as a gender to fight for what we believe in. But, as we well know, there are also plenty of downsides, too.

The gender pay gap is still 18.1%, which is a hell of a lot of money to lose out on simply because you identify as female. And, despite efforts to make progress, women are often still penalised in their career progression if they take time out to have children.

But it’s not always the big things that can be frustrating; everyday interactions can be peppered with subtle (or not so subtle) misogyny, and it can get tiresome. So it’s nice to have a vent every now and then, which is exactly what polling firm Ginger Research facilitated when they carried out a nationwide study of 2,000 millennial females to find out the daily annoyances that wind modern women up the most.

Prepare for your blood to boil…

  1. Being sent explicit pictures, when you didn’t ask for them
  2. Being charged VAT for sanitary products
  3. The notion that women are bad drivers
  4. Being asked if it’s your time of the month
  5. Not being paid as much as male colleagues
  6. Being approached by someone in a bar just because you are alone
  7. Being chatted up on LinkedIn direct message
  8. Being told to cheer up as “it might never happen”
  9. Being told to calm down
  10. When someone talks to your breasts rather than your face
  11. Airbrushed images of women
  12. Being wolf-whistled at
  13. Being told your biological clock is ticking
  14. Being asked if you plan to get pregnant
  15. Tradesmen insisting on talking to your partner rather than you
  16. Being asked why you do not have children yet
  17. Having your right to choose debated by male politicians
  18. Being mansplained to
  19. Being called “love”
  20. Being ghosted by someone you have been dating
  21. People assuming you’re not the main breadwinner
  22. Being bought household appliances for your birthday
  23. Being asked if your breasts are real
  24. The view that you should not have long hair over 50
  25. Being told you have childbearing hips
  26. Being described as a housewife
  27. Being told you look good for your age
  28. Being left with the wives of your partner’s friends at dinner
  29. Waiters assuming the healthy meal or salad is for you
  30. Anti-aging adverts
  31. When the barperson assumes you want a half pint, not a pint
  32. The waiter assuming your male companion is picking up the bill
  33. Being chatted up in the gym mid-workout
  34. The assumption that you’ll change your name after getting married
  35. The assumption that you look after the family calendar