Seven Common Misconceptions About Women

Seven Common Misconceptions About Women

It's time we put these stereotypes to rest people
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Girls rule, boys drool. Just kidding, boys can be great, but there are a lot of misconceptions boys have about girls that I really cannot stand to not hear anymore, and so I’m here today to put these misconceptions to rest.


1. "Chicks dig the 'dad bod'"

I hope I'm not the first one to say that this whole "dad bod" craze is bullsh**. I literally do not know one person who prefers a lazy beer belly to someone who cares about their appearance. I'm about as body positive as any modern woman, and I know that there’s only so far you can swim in the gene pool, but seriously dudes, I'll be into the "dad bod" when the "mom bod" comes into style.


2. Girls don't like beer

Personally, I prefer the taste of a nice fruity beverage to that of beer, but I can assure you not every single girl feels this way. No self respecting college woman is going to be like "Hey, this beer is delicious, but I can't finish it because *hehe* calories!" This is the 21st century for goodness sake. Let's stop pretending that the girls who can chug a cold one faster than your drunk uncle don't exist, because they do, and they're my best friends.


3. Girls don't and can't understand sports

I have this one girlfriend who shall remain nameless that wouldn’t go anywhere without a piece of apparel emblazoned with the St. Louis Cardinals logo. I have another friend who has a jersey of every single Chicago sports team in her closet. A vast majority of my high school friends were sports captains. And, ahem, what about women's soccer? World Cup Champions? Yeah, you heard me. Also, some of my favorite memories are huddled around a TV watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs (go Wild!) or the Superbowl. Sports are entertainment, and girls like entertainment too.


4. Girls take forever to get ready

If you need to take four hours to feel like your best self, then do your thang chica, but if you need a 36 second shower (you know who you are) and a fresh t-shirt, then you go girl. Lumping together every single girl into one single “getting ready” routine is absurd (and lumping together every single girl in general is just plain stupid). I feel like I can speak for most women in this world when I say that half of my getting ready routine is picking out the perfect pump-up playlist. (If you’re curious, I usually settle for some throwback jams. I’m a girl who digs the classics, what can I say?)


5. Women are complicated

This one isn’t really a misconception, so I’m sorry that I have led you astray. Women are indeed complicated, but so are men. We're all human, after all. The complicated ones are the interesting ones. To be complicated is to have ideas and thoughts and morals and plans. Have you ever tried to have a conversation, like a real conversation, with someone who will agree completely with everything you have to say? I haven’t, because I surround myself with people that will push me farther. To expect women (and men too!) to be uncomplicated is expecting them to dumb themselves down for you, and that, my friend, is just plain stupid.


6. Girls dress for men

Absolutely not. When I put on a fresh pair of leather pants and a bangin’ new top, it’s not because I’m trying to get a guy’s attention, its because I love when I come out of my room with my roomies telling me how "swaggy" I look. And when I choose to wear jeans to the library instead of the usual uniform of sweatpants and a t-shirt, it’s not because that cute guy that was in my rhetoric class freshman year is always there (but haaayyyy) it’s because I work better when I don’t feel like a total slob. Unless I'm trapped in a horrible 1950's sitcom wearing an apron and heels baking you an apple pie, I'm not dressing for you.


7. Girls aren’t funny

My friends are the most clever, goofy, fun loving people you will ever meet, therefore making them inherently funny. Also, I’ll throw out a few names like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Ellen DeGeneres; the list goes on and on. Girls are funny, and that’s that.

Keep spreading these preconceived notions of women and you'll never understand us.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Anaheim Ducks Are In A World Of Pain

The Ducks have now lost 19 out of their last 21 games amidst a multitude of problems and a rebuild may be at its beginning stages after Randy Carlyle's firing from head coach.

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On December 17, 2018, the Anaheim Ducks had just defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road 4-2, and sat in a playoff spot with a 19-11-5 record, good for 43 points and 2nd in the Pacific Division. Since then, the Ducks have lost 19 out of their last 21 games, going 2-15-4 during that stretch, now sitting at 21-26-9 and 51 points on February 12th, eight points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. After their last loss, head coach Randy Carlyle was finally axed and general manager Bob Murray stepped in as the interim coach. Many issues exist currently and for the foreseeable future in Anaheim, which could see its first sustained rebuild since the early 2000s, where the team missed the playoffs three years in a row.

One of the Ducks' bigger issues is the lack of goal scoring throughout the lineup. The leading player in goals is forward Jakob Silfverberg, with 12 in 47 games played. That's not enough for a team that is 56 games into the season. The overall points production is quite anemic too. Captain and center Ryan Getzlaf leads the club with 36 points in 50 games, and he is the only player with more than 30 points to this date.

Injuries are also factoring into the equation: center Adam Henrique and defenseman Brandon Montour are the only Ducks to have played in every game this season, with players such as forwards in Silfverberg, Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler, and Ondrej Kase as well as defensemen Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm, and goaltender Ryan Miller all spending at least five games on the injured reserve.

With so many players in and out of the lineup, not to mention that most of the fill-ins are inexperienced at the NHL level, it is hard to develop any sort of chemistry for an extended period of time. Goaltender John Gibson has been unable to maintain grade A performance in net, as his save percentage is now at 0.914, below where he started the season. With all of this considered, the Ducks have a tough future ahead when considering their salary cap situation.

Perry and Getzlaf, both of who will turn 34 in May, have a cap hit of $8.625 and $8.25 million for the next two years after the 2018-19 season, while Kesler, who turns 35 in August, makes $6.825 million for the next 3 years after this season concludes. Perry has only played in five games this year due to injuries, Getzlaf's production is declining and not up to par with how much he is paid, and Kesler has only six points in 48 games, and he also only played in 44 games last season due to injuries, scoring just 14 points.

These expensive contracts are untradeable unless they attach a younger asset in a trade, like prospects Sam Steel, Max Jones, Maxim Comtois, or Troy Terry. It is possible that Kesler and/or Perry will be bought out of their contracts in the offseason, meaning they will save money against the salary cap for the remainder of those contract years, but will have portions of that contract counting against the cap for a few years more.

Despite these bad contracts which currently prevent the Ducks from signing more than one big free agent, the aforementioned prospects will most likely see more substantial time in Anaheim next season, which could boost the club, but it is unlikely that any of them take the league by storm to make the Ducks a contender again. For this to happen, young forwards like Rakell, Kase, and Daniel Sprong will have to exceed expectations, while the defensive core will also need to step it up compared to their performance this, which makes them look overpaid.

As it stands, the Ducks are 4th in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery and could see a highly touted prospect come to Anaheim next year, but the current roster and prospect core will need bounce back seasons or the management group will be forced to blow up much of the roster, which would almost guarantee missing the playoffs again.

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