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31st May '16 6:10:26 PM TheBigBopper
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* Some teenage males, upon seeing ''{{Flashdance}}'' back in the 80s, were '''astounded''' by the fact that the heroine could take off her bra while still wearing a baggy sleeveless sweatshirt. Yes, guys, it's doable, although it's not recommended as it weakens the shoulder straps' elastic.
** In fact it can be done while wearing a fitted, long sleeved shirt - but that is ''really'' bad for the elastic.

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* Some teenage males, upon seeing ''{{Flashdance}}'' back in the 80s, were '''astounded''' by the fact that the heroine could take off her bra while still wearing a baggy sleeveless sweatshirt. Yes, guys, it's doable, although it's not recommended as it weakens the shoulder straps' elastic.
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elastic. In fact it can even be done while wearing a fitted, long sleeved shirt - but that is ''really'' bad even worse for the elastic.
31st May '16 6:07:55 PM TheBigBopper
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene_Gesserit Bene Gesserit]] in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series are composed of only females, as all the males die in the initiation; their existence is dedicated to producing a male who can do the stuff women can do. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
** And, yes, the Bene Gesserit harbor ''tons'' of mysteries. Some of which are tantamount to secret superpowers.
** There's also the Fish Speakers of ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' which share secret rituals with their GodEmperor that only women (and Duncan Idaho) can participate in. Also repeated again in the Honored Matres of ''[[Literature/HereticsOfDune Heretics]]'' and ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune''
** The point behind the breeding program is that the Kwisatz Haderach can do what the Bene Gesserits ''can't'': access all of his GeneticMemory. Reverend Mothers only have access to the maternal line.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene_Gesserit Bene Gesserit]] in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series are composed of only females, as all the males die in the initiation; their existence initiation, and harbor ''tons'' of mysteries, some of which are tantamount to secret superpowers. Their breeding program is dedicated to producing a male male, the Kwisatz Haderach, who can do all the stuff women can do.do, plus what the Bene Gesserits ''can't'': access all of his GeneticMemory, since Reverend Mothers only have access to the maternal line. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
** And, yes, the Bene Gesserit harbor ''tons'' of mysteries. Some of which are tantamount to secret superpowers.
** There's also the Fish Speakers of ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' which share secret rituals with their GodEmperor that only women (and Duncan Idaho) can participate in. Also repeated again in the Honored Matres of ''[[Literature/HereticsOfDune Heretics]]'' and ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune''
** The point behind the breeding program is that the Kwisatz Haderach can do what the Bene Gesserits ''can't'': access all of his GeneticMemory. Reverend Mothers only have access to the maternal line.
''Literature/ChapterhouseDune''.
16th Mar '16 10:56:48 PM MiriOhki
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* PlayedWith, parodied, played straight and mocked frequently in ''[[Webcomic/MisFile Misfile]]'', where [[GenderBender Ash]] is forced to learn things he never thought he didn't want to know about his new form. [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2016-03-16 Finding out about]] [[VictoriasSecretCompartment 'bra pockets']] after an argument about women's clothing not having enough pockets is one of the mildest examples.
13th Mar '16 6:39:12 PM Eievie
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Very rarely gender reversed - or, rather, male versions (involving [[ManlyMenCanHunt hunting]] and [[ARealManIsAKiller warfare]], [[GroinAttack circumcision]] or any other traditional male RiteOfPassage, etc.) are treated very differently. The most notable difference is that Women's Mysteries almost always remain mysterious to the audience. This DoubleStandard probably results from their being mysterious to the author as well since MostWritersAreMale. Related to the idea (apparently held by many men) that women are [[MysteriousWoman somehow inherently mysterious]]. Also, secret societies with exclusively ''male'' initiates tend to be treated as a BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats, while the female version is much, much less likely to receive this treatment.

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Very rarely gender reversed - or, reversed--or, rather, male versions (involving [[ManlyMenCanHunt hunting]] and [[ARealManIsAKiller warfare]], [[GroinAttack circumcision]] or any other traditional male RiteOfPassage, etc.) are treated very differently. The most notable difference is that Women's Mysteries almost always remain mysterious to the audience. This DoubleStandard probably results from their being mysterious to the author as well since MostWritersAreMale. Related to the idea (apparently held by many men) that women are [[MysteriousWoman somehow inherently mysterious]]. Also, secret societies with exclusively ''male'' initiates tend to be treated as a BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats, while the female version is much, much less likely to receive this treatment.
6th Mar '16 4:26:13 AM captainpat
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* Inverted in ''Film/LiarLiar'' when the main character uses men's mysteries, [[AssPull making up]] a link between delaying urination breaks and prostate issues to get the judge to worry about his own need for a bathroom break and declare a court recess.

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* Inverted in ''Film/LiarLiar'' when the main character uses men's mysteries, [[AssPull making up]] up a link between delaying urination breaks and prostate issues to get the judge to worry about his own need for a bathroom break and declare a court recess.
20th Feb '16 9:37:18 AM JustKnown
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* In contrast to the ''Tom Strong'' example in the Comic Book section above, in Creator/JackChalker's ''Soul Rider'' series a teenage boy is punished for spying on Women's Mysteries with "honorary woman" status ''for life'' by way of ''castration'', followed by an involuntary GenderBender. [[FreudianExcuse Hilarity definitely does ''not'' ensue.]]

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* In contrast to the ''Tom Strong'' example in the Comic Book section above, in Creator/JackChalker's ''Soul Rider'' series a teenage boy is punished for spying on Women's Mysteries with "honorary woman" status ''for life'' by way of ''castration'', through CripplingCastration followed by an involuntary GenderBender. [[FreudianExcuse Hilarity definitely does ''not'' ensue.]]
20th Feb '16 9:26:49 AM JustKnown
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* In contrast to the ''Tom Strong'' example above, in Creator/JackChalker's ''Soul Rider'' series a teenaged boy is punished for spying on Women's Mysteries with "honorary woman" status ''for life'' by way of ''castration'', followed by an involuntary GenderBender. [[FreudianExcuse Hilarity definitely does ''not'' ensue.]]

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* In contrast to the ''Tom Strong'' example in the Comic Book section above, in Creator/JackChalker's ''Soul Rider'' series a teenaged teenage boy is punished for spying on Women's Mysteries with "honorary woman" status ''for life'' by way of ''castration'', followed by an involuntary GenderBender. [[FreudianExcuse Hilarity definitely does ''not'' ensue.]]
26th Jan '16 12:48:23 AM gallium
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* The ''Literature/{{Imperium}}'' series features the rituals of the "Good Goddess" ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea Bona Dea]]), which are female-only, to the extent that Terentia wears a cloak buttoned up to her neck to prevent Cicero from seeing her robe. A great scandal occurs when Clodius sneaks into the ceremony DisguisedInDrag and is caught. See RealLife below.
21st Nov '15 8:44:20 AM nombretomado
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* One ''BloomCounty'' strip features a conversation between Hodgepodge saying, "I tell ya, there's a conspiratorial air about females! Like those suspciously vague commercials that never say just what they're about. What exactly is 'feminine protection' anyway? A chartreuse flamethrower?"

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* One ''BloomCounty'' ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip features a conversation between Hodgepodge saying, "I tell ya, there's a conspiratorial air about females! Like those suspciously suspiciously vague commercials that never say just what they're about. What exactly is 'feminine protection' anyway? A chartreuse flamethrower?"
2nd Nov '15 7:18:16 AM StFan
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* Parodied in ''ComicBook/CartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse''. In a sequence depicting the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution (which women are widely thought to have initiated), an exhausted woman farmer tells a man the women could use some help and asks if he'd like a job. He covers his ears and says, "[[LazyBum Silence!]] These mysteries are not for the ears of men."

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* Parodied in ''ComicBook/CartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse''.''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse''. In a sequence depicting the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution (which women are widely thought to have initiated), an exhausted woman farmer tells a man the women could use some help and asks if he'd like a job. He covers his ears and says, "[[LazyBum Silence!]] These mysteries are not for the ears of men."
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