These Illustrations Show The Insane Expectations Women Face

‘Act like a lady, think like a man, work like a boss.’

Being a woman in 2016, it can be difficult to live up to the standards that society has set for us.

Artist Daisy Bernard has created four illustrations that perfectly depict the ridiculous and often contradictory standards that women face every day.

Bernard was inspired to share the illustrations following the notorious “Burkini Ban” that took place this month when a woman in Nice was forced to remove her burkini at the beach, simply because it was the “wrong type of swimwear.”

In her piece that originally appeared on The Tab, Bernard explained that beachwear isn’t the only example of “unreasonable advice” women endure daily. When it comes to things like work, appearance, relationships and sex, women are faced with way too many mixed messages and it’s “very confusing”.

These illustrations show just how confusing it is to be a woman in 2016.

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Image Courtesy of Daisy Bernard

Work

“The workplace is one of the most notorious places where women are told how they should be. If a woman follows the advice set for men—she’s met with criticism. Men are told to “power dress,” yet women get sent home for not wearing heels. Powerful women are spoken about in words you’d never use for men—bossy, naggy, difficult or worse.”

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Image Courtesy of Daisy Bernard

Appearance

“Women are constantly judged for how they look, or should look. We’re expected to look “feminine”—wear makeup, nice clothes, shave everything—but if we’re “too high maintenance” it’s off-putting.

If we’re feminine we’re “too much of a girly-girl” to take seriously, but too masculine and you’re written off as “one of the guys.” If you’re open about your intelligence you’re “emasculating,” but if you’re not clever-enough you’re patronized for being ‘basic.'”

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Image Courtesy of Daisy Bernard

Relationships

“There is a Beyonce lyric that sums up the two negative stereotypes of women in relationships, a psycho or a pushover: “What’s worse, being jealous or crazy? More like being walked all over lately…I’d rather be crazy.”

Fight your case and you’re a psycho, jealous b*tch who’s got your man whipped. But keep quiet and you’re under the thumb, a pushover who should stick up for herself more. Either way, you’re a joke.”

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Image Courtesy of Daisy Bernard

Sex

“Women who forwardly initiate sex are dismissed as sluts who aren’t worthy for relationships, while others are labelled frigid or prudes. We’re told to be sexy and keep our men satisfied, but never to have sex on the first date if we want another one. We’re told to “show off our assets,” but if our outfit is too revealing, ‘we deserved it.'”



The illustrations in this article originally appeared on The Tab as part of the Babe Movement.

Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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