3 Illustrations Capture The Absurd Double Standards Women Face Today

3 Illustrations Capture The Absurd Double Standards Women Face Today

Today women are faced with a ton of unnecessary pressure and may feel they need to conform to the way our seemingly liberated society deems fit. London-based fashion illustrator, Daisy Bernard acurately illustrates how women are judged and labeled in every aspect of their life. She says she was inspired to create the series after news of a Muslim woman in France was forced to remove clothes on a beach by police back in August. Originally the post was published to a UK website, The Tab, and it had gained quite a bit of attention thereafter.

The main message Bernard tries to get across is that a lot of times women disregard the judgement projected on to them and brush it off as that is just the way it is. However, it should be called out and addressed because it is unnacceptable. Bernard says, “It’s stuff that we often dismiss because it’s just ‘the way of life’ – which it really shouldn’t be.”

It’s very important for women to not fulfill the expectations society imposes on them. It is impossible to please everyone, and trying to do so can lead to depression and an overall feeling of worthlessness and unhappiness. Below, take a look at the creative illustrations by Bernard that created so much hype:


    Not only do women deal with the “glass ceiling” issue where they are often thought to not be qualified enough as a man to hold powerful positions within a company, they also deal with the judgement of their appearance and how they conduct themselves.

    It’s important for a woman to dress in a way where she feels most herself, empowered, and comfortable. When faced with these issues, it’s advised to address them with human resources. No woman should be treated differently or disrespectfully because of the way she chooses to dress herself. If you never speak up, there will most likely never be a solution.


      Relationships are tough in general. How many times do you hear “she’s crazy” or “she’s boring”? And that’s not even cracking the surface. It seems that women are judged more harshly than men in relationships because they tend to be more driven by their emotions.

      There is nothing wrong with that. When someone throw these things in your face, maintain your composure and sense of self. Embrace being a woman, you are more powerful than most want you to believe. You know exactly who you are, remember what you deserve and more importantly what you don’t, and do not change who you are to fit in to what seems “acceptable”. Someone will love you and accept you for exactly who you are, crazy mood swings and all.


        The one that sticks out to me the most here is “you’re too high-maintenance”. However, I’m sure a lot of you have heard most, if not all of these things before. You’re always going to be too much or not enough for someone. That is not something you can control. What you can control is how you view yourself. Love who you are, dress how you want to dress, love what you do.

        As a woman, you all have days when you want to throw on sweats or leggings, an over-sized tee, and a hat. Sometimes you don’t want to shave your legs for a week because I mean, who really wants to spend an extra 20 minutes in the shower only to discover you missed a spot when you’re already in bed? Man, I hate that. Other days you want to dress up and feel beautiful. You want that perfect highlight and contour, perfectly waved hair, perfect outfit, you get what I mean.


        Don’t let someone decide what kind of person you are based on how you dress. You are beautiful no matter what!

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        60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

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        Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

          Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

          1. Good Health

          Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

          2. Money in the Bank

          Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

          3. Good Friends

          Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

          4. Freedom of Religion

          Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

          5. Your Parents

          Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

          6. Weekends

          There’s something magical about weekends.

          7.Having a Partner

          Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

          8. Pets

          Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

          9. Learning from Mistakes

          If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

          10. Opportunity to Get an Education

          The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.


          11. Having a Home

          Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

          12. An Ability to Read

          If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

          13. Breathing Fresh Air

          Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

          14. A Bed to Sleep

          A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

          15. Laughter

          Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

          16. Safety and Security

          Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

          17. Cars

          Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

          18. Sunshine

          The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

          19. Time

          Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

          20. Clean Water

          Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

          21. Cell Phones

          Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

          22. Love

          The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

          23. Books

          Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.


          24. Kindness of Strangers

          Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

          25. Campfires

          The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

          26. Pain

          Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

          27. Art

          The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

          28. Holidays

          Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

          29. Freedom of Speech

          Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

          30. Rainbows

          The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

          31. Tears

          Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

          32. Waking up Today

          Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

          33. Indoor Plumbing

          Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

          34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

          Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

          35. Mountains

          Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

          36. Eyesight

          Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.


          37. Grocery Stores

          Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

          38. Sunsets

          Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

          39. Entertainment

          Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

          40. Your Mind

          Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

          41. Employment

          Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

          42. Diversity

          The world would be a boring place without diversity.

          43. Moon and Stars

          The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

          44. Electricity

          Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

          45. Air Conditioning

          Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

          46. Hearing

          Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

          47. Children

          Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

          48. Ability to Learn

          The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

          49. People Willing to Teach

          Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.


          50. Oceans

          The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

          51. Modern Medicine

          Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

          52. Music

          Music brings out new emotions.

          53. Entrepreneurs

          Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

          54. Warm Clothing

          On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

          55. Freedom to Vote

          Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

          56. An Internet Connection

          It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

          57. Challenges

          Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

          58. Hiking Trails

          Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

          59. Vaccines

          Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

          60. Armed Forces

          Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

          Realizing all the things you should be thankful for is the first step, practicing gratitude is what you should start doing:

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