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30th Jan '17 12:42:47 PM Ciara25
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** Even though Brittany cheated on Artie, the show presents their breakup as Artie's fault for calling her stupid.
** Likewise his first relationship with Tina ended because he was a "bad boyfriend." Nevermind that she cheated on him with Mike.
** ''Glee'' also has a variation of this trope that might be called The Unfair Sexuality. Gay characters (most especially Kurt) are forgiven, even lauded, for behavior that would be treated as villainous in others. Finn falls victim to this twice. Kurt, who has a double-standard and thinks straight guys can switch teams (but gay guys cannot) hooks his father up with Finn's mother. When they prepare to move into the Hummel household, Kurt has already arranged for Finn to have to share his bedroom, which Kurt has decorated in a disturbingly date rape-y manner. Finn's homophobic reaction is treated as worse than Kurt's clear intent to molest him. Likewise, Santana stalks Finn through the halls of school and loudly humiliates him as part of a plan to crush his self-esteem and eliminate him as a musical rival. When he loses his temper and blurts out that she is in love with Brittany (note that he does ''not'' call her a lesbian), it is treated as the most horrible offense imaginable because he outed her. Santana's campaign to emotionally destroy him is completely forgotten and she is regarded as the victim.

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** Even though Brittany cheated on Artie, Artie with Santana for months, the show presents their breakup as Artie's ''Artie's'' fault for calling her stupid.
stupid because Santana had persuaded her that it wasn't cheating 'if the plumbing is different'. Additionally, Santana has called Brittany stupid plenty of times, and got away with it.
** Likewise his first relationship with Tina ended because he was a "bad boyfriend." Nevermind Never mind that she cheated on him with Mike.
** ''Glee'' also has a variation of this trope that might be called The Unfair Sexuality. Gay characters (most especially Kurt) are forgiven, even lauded, for behavior behaviour that would be treated as villainous in others. Finn falls victim to this twice. Kurt, who has a double-standard and thinks straight guys can switch teams (but gay guys cannot) hooks his father up with Finn's mother. When they prepare to move into the Hummel household, Kurt has already arranged for Finn to have to share his bedroom, which Kurt has decorated in a disturbingly date rape-y manner. Finn's frustrated and homophobic reaction is treated as worse than Kurt's clear intent to molest him. Likewise, Santana stalks Finn through the halls of the school and loudly humiliates him as part of a plan to crush his self-esteem and eliminate him as a musical rival. When he loses his temper and blurts out that she is in love with Brittany (note that he does ''not'' call her a lesbian), it is treated as the most horrible offense offence imaginable because he outed her. Santana's campaign to emotionally destroy him is completely forgotten and she ''she'' is regarded as the victim.
12th Jan '17 4:50:18 PM Nuxx
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* On ''Series/{{Maury}}'', women bring on multiple different men, often over more than one episode, to find out if a man is the father of the woman's baby through a DNA test. The audience is always, ''always'' against the man in this conflict (though the men often don't help matters by making a scene). Even if the amount of men this woman has slept with is in the double digits, which is not uncommon, and even if the woman is the one who cheated on the man, the audience universally chides the man and praises the woman, even though logic would point to the woman being at the greatest fault here. There was one notable aversion, though, in the [[MemeticMutation infamous "I'm 1000% sure"]] episode, where the audience cheered while the accused man danced after being told he wasn't the father.
** For the most part, the audience immediately switches to being on the man's side if, and only if, he is shown to not be the father/not cheating. Even if they were booing and heckling him literally seconds earlier. If the man is the party in the wrong, however, this trope is played completely straight.

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* On ''Series/{{Maury}}'', women bring on multiple different men, often over more than one episode, to find out if a man is the father of the woman's baby through a DNA test. The audience is always, ''always'' against the man in this conflict (though the men often don't help matters by making a scene). Even if the amount of men this woman has slept with is in the double digits, which is not uncommon, and even if the woman is the one who cheated on the man, the audience universally chides the man and praises the woman, even though logic would point to the woman being at the greatest fault here. There was one have been notable aversion, aversions, though, in the [[MemeticMutation infamous "I'm 1000% sure"]] episode, where the audience cheered while the accused man danced after being told he wasn't the father.
** For the most part, the audience immediately switches to being on the man's side if, and only if, he is shown to not be the father/not cheating. Even if they were booing and heckling him literally seconds earlier. If the man is the party in the wrong, however, this trope is played completely straight. Another tragic aversion to this trope had a recently separated married couple arguing over the wife's latest child, whom the father of her other two children claimed could not be his. Despite an inital frosty reception the man was proven right and the crowd cheered. However it was soon revealed that both the children he had no reason to doubt were his proved not to be his children either. The disgust and shock from the crowd due to her betrayal was palpable and she received no sympathy whilst her husband called her out on it.
** In a rather disturbingly straight case of this trope, a 14 year old is on the show with his mother to determine if he fathered a child with a 21 year old woman. He was only ''thirteen'' at the time and the woman was well aware of his age. Incredibly Maury begins to lecture a young boy on not thinking with his penis and being more careful. The fact this is clearly statuary rape and that a 13 year old was seduced by a 20 year old isn't actually brought up at all. Several detractors pointed out the absurdity of this [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale double standard]] as no-one would ever entertain the notion of lecturing a 13 year old girl who had a child to 20 year old man about her self-control. Nevermind that a male in her place would most certainly be serving time as a child rapist.
5th Jan '17 7:37:35 AM Technomaru
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*** It happened again in "Carter and Tricia" where Carter becomes immediately smitten with Tricia Takenawa and dumps Babs off into a mental institution to have Tricia be his new playmate... but the episode ends with the family pondering Bab's resolution with Carter, and shrug it off as her simply being back in place when needed again.
21st Dec '16 5:23:24 PM WarriorsGate
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** [[{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Anya, a vengeance demon who punished unfaithful men, when she finally muses out loud that in all her years granting wishes to [[WomanScorned scorned women]] they were often just as much to blame for the messes they found themselves in.

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** [[{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with Anya, a vengeance demon who punished unfaithful men, when she finally muses out loud that in all her years granting wishes to [[WomanScorned scorned women]] they were often just as much to blame for the messes they found themselves in.
21st Dec '16 5:17:30 PM WarriorsGate
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' with Anya, a vengeance demon who punished unfaithful men, when she finally muses out loud that in all her years granting wishes to [[WomanScorned scorned women]] they were often just as much to blame for the messes they found themselves in.
* ''Series/{{Community}}''

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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with Anya, a vengeance demon who punished unfaithful men, when she finally muses out loud that in all her years granting wishes to [[WomanScorned scorned women]] they were often just as much to blame for the messes they found themselves in.
** Although the show canonically portrays Buffy as judgmental, self-righteous, and a poster child for "do as I say, not as I do", [[http://www.themarysue.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-abuse-whyistayed this article from The Mary Sue]] paints Riley Finn as an abuser trying to trap Buffy in an abusive relationship, while downplaying her own contributions to the destruction of their relationship.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}''
1st Dec '16 10:20:03 PM jormis29
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* French Stewart’s ''Love Stinks'' is a parody of this as no one both in and out of universe are expected to see the Chelsea Turner as in the right with Seth Winnick’s (French Stewart) lawyer saying [[RefugeInAudacity the only reason she would win her lawsuit]] is because of her gender and his station. This is played straight with Bill Bellamy’s character’s wife who despite knowing full well that her friend had manipulated Seth into moving in with him, that she was the one who broke up with him, and that their relationship was no where near the point of marriage felt that she was in the right in suing Seth for Palimony. Made even more ludicrous due to the fact that she was offended that Bellamy referred to her as a hooker despite the fact that one of the reasons she stated that Chelsea deserved the money was because she gave up her body.

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* French Stewart’s ''Love Stinks'' ''Film/LoveStinks'' is a parody of this as no one both in and out of universe are expected to see the Chelsea Turner as in the right with Seth Winnick’s (French Stewart) lawyer saying [[RefugeInAudacity the only reason she would win her lawsuit]] is because of her gender and his station. This is played straight with Bill Bellamy’s character’s wife who despite knowing full well that her friend had manipulated Seth into moving in with him, that she was the one who broke up with him, and that their relationship was no where near the point of marriage felt that she was in the right in suing Seth for Palimony. Made even more ludicrous due to the fact that she was offended that Bellamy referred to her as a hooker despite the fact that one of the reasons she stated that Chelsea deserved the money was because she gave up her body.
30th Oct '16 10:11:49 AM DoctorTItanX
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Bulma openly flirted with other men (all of whom are also hot bastards]]). [[{{Hypocrite}} Yet it's her ex-boyfriend Yamcha who had to beg for her forgiveness if he looked at another women.]] She even pulled a gun on him in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOrigins Dragon Ball Origins]]'' despite her earlier flirting with the evil Colonel Silver.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Bulma openly flirted with other men (all of whom are also hot bastards]]). bastards). [[{{Hypocrite}} Yet it's her ex-boyfriend Yamcha who had to beg for her forgiveness if he looked at another women.woman.]] She even pulled a gun on him in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOrigins Dragon Ball Origins]]'' despite her earlier flirting with the evil Colonel Silver.
22nd Oct '16 12:48:07 AM ShorinBJ
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** Best exemplified in [=JD's=] {{Anvilicious}} closing narration in My Tormented Mentor: "There will always be a battle for power between the sexes, sometimes a man just has to give in, other times he just has to take a positive step, and once in a while a man just has to be there for her." The subtext being that women can't be wrong because they have it hard on account of being women(!?), while in the same episode the chief complaint a female surgeon has against Turk is that he assumes women in their profession have it hard (which is true, at least in universe) and then punishes him for being perfectly nice to her. The female surgeon who is in charge of Turk constantly insults everyone around her and then prevents him from operating indefinitely because she overheard him defending her in front of the resident MemeticMolester and he told her he doesn't share the prejudices of the other male surgeons. Hint: You're not supposed to be supportive of women, it's demeaning. All instances of female surgeons in the show basically illustrate one point: cocky men are assholes, cocky women are professionals who fight the good fight for women all over the world and it's completely justified if they lash out and misuse their authority from time to time (or all the time.) Note that this head surgeon abuses her power over Turk when Carla uninvited her to their wedding due to lack of space.

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** Best exemplified in [=JD's=] {{Anvilicious}} closing narration in My Tormented Mentor: "There will always be a battle for power between the sexes, sometimes a man just has to give in, other times he just has to take a positive step, and once in a while a man just has to be there for her." The subtext being that women can't be wrong because they have it hard on account of being women(!?), while in the same episode the chief complaint a female surgeon has against Turk is that he assumes women in their profession have it hard (which is true, at least in universe) and then punishes him for being perfectly nice to her. The female surgeon who is in charge of Turk constantly insults everyone around her and then prevents him from operating indefinitely because she overheard him defending her in front of the resident MemeticMolester and he told her he doesn't share the prejudices of the other male surgeons. Hint: You're not supposed to be supportive of women, it's demeaning. All instances of female surgeons in the show basically illustrate one point: cocky men are assholes, cocky women are professionals who fight the good fight for women all over the world and it's completely justified if they lash out and misuse their authority from time to time (or all the time.) time). Note that this head surgeon abuses her power over Turk when Carla uninvited her to their wedding due to lack of space.
22nd Oct '16 12:46:55 AM ShorinBJ
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** Best exemplified in [=JDs=] {{Anvilicious}} closing narration in My Tormented Mentor: "There will always be a battle for power between the sexes, sometimes a man just has to give in, other times he just has to take a positive step, and once in a while a man just has to be there for her." The subtext being that women can't be wrong because they have it hard on account of being women(!?), while in the same episode the chief complaint a female surgeon has against Turk is that he assumes women in their profession have it hard (which is true, at least in universe) and then punishes him for being perfectly nice to her. The female surgeon who is in charge of Turk constantly insults everyone around her and then prevents him from operating indefinitely because she overheard him defending her in front of the resident MemeticMolester and he told her he doesn't share the prejudices of the other male surgeons. Hint: You're not supposed to be supportive of women, it's demeaning. All instances of female surgeons in the show basically illustrate one point: cocky men are assholes, cocky women are professionals who fight the good fight for women all over the world and it's completely justified if they lash out and misuse their authority from time to time (or all the time.) Note that this head surgeon abuses her power over Turk when Carla uninvited her to their wedding due to lack of space.

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** Best exemplified in [=JDs=] [=JD's=] {{Anvilicious}} closing narration in My Tormented Mentor: "There will always be a battle for power between the sexes, sometimes a man just has to give in, other times he just has to take a positive step, and once in a while a man just has to be there for her." The subtext being that women can't be wrong because they have it hard on account of being women(!?), while in the same episode the chief complaint a female surgeon has against Turk is that he assumes women in their profession have it hard (which is true, at least in universe) and then punishes him for being perfectly nice to her. The female surgeon who is in charge of Turk constantly insults everyone around her and then prevents him from operating indefinitely because she overheard him defending her in front of the resident MemeticMolester and he told her he doesn't share the prejudices of the other male surgeons. Hint: You're not supposed to be supportive of women, it's demeaning. All instances of female surgeons in the show basically illustrate one point: cocky men are assholes, cocky women are professionals who fight the good fight for women all over the world and it's completely justified if they lash out and misuse their authority from time to time (or all the time.) Note that this head surgeon abuses her power over Turk when Carla uninvited her to their wedding due to lack of space.
12th Oct '16 6:54:37 PM Fireblood
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** In the first segment of the episode "Did You Lie About Being Raped?", a woman admits that she lied to her boyfriend about getting assaulted. She also admits that she filed a false police report. She claims she did this because he kept accusing her of being a cheater and was calling her a whore. Both took a lie detector test to determine if they had cheated. Both passed, which caused to studio audience to cheer for them. Afterwards, Steve calls the girlfriend out for needlessly wasting her local law enforcement's time. He then calls out the boyfriend, saying that that he is just as responsible as she is because of his verbal abuse, even though filing a false report is a ''crime'' and being a distrustful boyfriend is not.

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** In the first segment of the episode "Did You Lie About Being Raped?", a woman admits that she lied to her boyfriend about getting assaulted. She also admits that she filed a false police report. She claims she did this because he kept accusing her of being a cheater and was calling her a whore. Both took a lie detector test to determine if they had cheated. Both passed, which caused to the studio audience to cheer for them. Afterwards, Steve calls the girlfriend out for needlessly wasting her local law enforcement's time. He then calls out the boyfriend, saying that that he is just as responsible as she is because of his verbal abuse, even though filing a false report is a ''crime'' and being a distrustful boyfriend is not.
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