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When will a woman hitting on a man stop being considered sluttish, while a man hitting on a woman is simply considered ‘self-confident’ and an 'initiative taker'?
When will a woman who loves sex stop being called a nymphomaniac, while a man who loves sex is basically called ‘virile’?
When will a woman cheating on a man stop being judged as dissolute, while a man cheating on a woman is purely justified by his ‘polygamous genes’?
When will a woman dressed sexily stop being deemed as provocative (thus inviting harassment or even rape), while a man dressed sexily is only deemed ‘stylish’?
When will a fifty-year-old woman dating a twenty-five-year-old man stop being criticized as pathetic, while a fifty-year-old man dating a twenty-five-year-old woman is just ‘normal’?
When will a successful woman stop being accused of sleeping her way up, while a successful man is plainly bright and ‘achieved’?
When will a single forty-year-old woman stop being depicted as a distressed spinster, while a single forty-year-old man is portrayed as an ‘eligible bachelor’?
When will a woman who sexually harasses a man stop being estimated crazy, while a man sexually harassing a woman is merely ‘provoked’ and 'tempted'?
When will a woman checking out a man’s ass stop being described as obsessed, while a man checking out a woman’s ass is described as an ‘admirer of beauty’?
When will women in most countries stop needing condescending quotas to be part of the political scene, while men can aim at any position without having to worry about their gender?
And the last, most important question of all:
When will we stop asking ourselves such questions?
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