The thread started on Reddit’s ‘Ask Women’ forum when one person posed the question: “What is the most passive, yet oblivious act of sexism a man or boy typically does in the home, bedroom, workplace, public etc. that completely changes your viewpoint of them?”
And users were quick to share their own examples, which ranged from being accused of trying to attract the opposite sex, to expecting women to be totally responsible for childcare and being overlooked during conversations.
One woman described a situation where she had gone to visit a couple and their baby. While his wife cooked dinner, the dad played games with her husband, but kept looking at the woman to step in and look after his child when she started fussing.
“Expecting that I’ll watch their child just because I’m female,” she wrote. “I came over here to hang out with you, not babysit. Why should you just play games and have fun with my husband while I take care of your daughter?’”
Other women objected to assumptions they wouldn’t like or know about sport just because they were female.
“When we go to a sporting event (ex: as two couples), the other guy assuming I’m not interested in the game and will keep their wife/girlfriend company so they can enjoy watching it while I miss all the fun!” one woman wrote.
Another woman pointed out how irritating it was that when women are having a bad day, some men put it down to them being on their period.
“When I’m having a rough day or am a little frustrated with something and a guy asks ‘What, are you on your period or something?’ I honest to goodness cannot stand that s***,” one user commented.
Being told to “cheer up” was another thing women found offensive.
“Saying I need to smile or cheer up, like my whole existence revolves around being pretty or attractive to others,” one woman suggested.
“I got this so much when I worked in restaurants,” another agreed. “I have bad resting ***** face and I would be perfectly fine and men would tell me constantly to ‘cheer up’. Even if I was in a c****** mood, I’m freaking allowed to be.”
“Assuming a woman is dressed up to impress someone, specifically a man,” another woman offered. “Sometimes I just like to feel confident and put together. Especially because of my job, I don’t get to do that very often.”
Other women found it really annoying when their opinions weren’t considered because of their gender or when they had to fight to be heard.
“Ignoring or disparaging an idea/opinion when a woman has it, but then agreeing with a man later who says the exact same thing,” one user commented. “An ex used to do this to me and it drove me insane.”
“Defer to the men in a room to act as the authority, voice or reason, or expert in a situation, regardless of how senior or well-informed the women in the room are,” another agreed.
“Similarly, when a woman says something, looking to the men around her to confirm and double-check what she’s just said,” she added.
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