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->''"No I won't calm down. Women are allowed to get angrier than men about double standards."''
-->-- '''Liz Lemon''', ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]''

Double standards for the genders are very old; separate gender roles have existed for thousands of years. The world has changed since then, of course, but writers (and the tropes they use) can take a long time to catch up. A double standard trope exemplifies this; these are tropes whose persistence reveals our collective assumptions about gender roles, drawing in one fashion or another on enduring, often unspoken assumptions that men should be like ''this'' and women should be like ''that''.

Tropes can reveal these assumptions in odd and unintuitive ways. Inverting accepted gender roles in having our rough, tough [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] [[SamusIsAGirl turn out to be female]] ''in a shocking plot [[TwistEnding twist]] or sight gag'' can still be Double Standard, since the effect relies on the idea that it's ''surprising'' that a woman should be doing these things.

Women are not the only ones confined into gender roles by the assumptions underlying these tropes. Everyone knows that AManIsNotAVirgin or that MenAreTheExpendableGender, after all. Other tropes reveal gender assumptions in a more complicated fashion; DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale reveals assumptions about both men and women -- women are assumed not to have any sexual potency (so they can't hurt men with sex), and men, unlike women, are not considered 'defiled' or 'deflowered' by sexual acts (so men can't be hurt by sex, unless it's done by another man, [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale sometimes not even then]]).

Remember that TropesAreNotBad, and that many of these tropes are only noteworthy because of their prevalence across entire genres or societies; one example in a particular work doesn't automatically mean anything on its own. It is only the fact that these tropes appear time and again that calls attention to them.

Also, merely being AlwaysMale or AlwaysFemale does not a sexist trope make, unless that trope has built-in sexism. In fact, underhanded sexism (of the "frequently sexist in execution or delivery but not sexist in nature" variety; see below) is most prevalent in tropes that are in theory gender-neutral, but whose examples are in overwhelming majority male or female (where one draws the line may be a matter of opinion). Often an issue in works relying on MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. ''Any'' invocation of SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX (gender, race, other) will tend to rely on a Double Standard.

While the TropeCodifier is on gender, this trope can also affect Race, Religion, Nationality, to even things such as fanbases and more.

See also AggressiveCategorism and the SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality.



[[folder: Sexist Against Men]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale, ArmorPiercingSlap: In fictionland, women are weak and ineffectual. Consequently, women can inflict physical violence to men all they want, it [[PlayedForLaughs can't be that serious]]. And if it is, it's "justified" since women are morally superior, hence use violence more wisely than men. As for psychological abuse, it doesn't count since it's [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass Unmanly]] for a man to have feelings aside from fury and [[ARealManIsAKiller urges to kill]].
* AllAbusersAreMale: Companion to DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale, DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale, and DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale. This trope specifically refers to shows that deal with or address abuse (or even try to educate people about it) and either imply or openly state that only men are capable of committing this act. Sometimes this carries the implication that all men are abusers, but other times it simply implies that women are above reproach and men have to work much harder to avoid default monster status.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: The homosexual version of AllMenArePerverts. But while female sexuality in the absence of men is a [[SelectiveSquick beautiful, chaste thing]] and lesbians are portrayed as [[WomenAreWiser loving]] and [[AllLesbiansWantKids maternal]], male sexuality in the absence of women is [[AllMenArePerverts sexually predatory and insatiable]]. Add in some [=AIDS=] and the story becomes a metaphor for how male sexuality in the absence of women is not only dirty and filthy but [[BuryYourGays lethal]]. One disturbing UnfortunateImplication of this trope is that [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale gay men can't be raped by other men]].
* AllMenArePerverts: No man is able to keep it in his pants. Male sexuality is often portrayed as "dirty", "stupid" and "demeaning to women". In contrast, female sexuality is "beautful," "exciting," and she's "exploring her femininity," "taking charge of her fulfillment," "asserting her sexual power against male repression" etc.-- unless it's benefiting a man, in which case it's "exploitative and objectifying of women;" some feminists even go so far as to claim that men only ''want'' sex with women, solely in order to degrade and control them. (And likewise, this isn't considered "hate-speech.")
** Statutory Rape is perhaps the most infamous example of this type of double-standard; when a female teacher or other older woman seduces a student or other under-age male, it's typically trivialized, dismissed or laughed at; but if the genders are reversed, he's typically called a "child-rapist" or "pedophile" even if the girl is old enough to ''marry'' him under state law (which would make it ''hebephilia or ephebophilia'' at worst-- ''not'' pedophilia).
** Male sexuality isn't even considered it to be ''referenced,'' except in context of female sexuality; for example, in ''When Harry Met Sally,'' Meg Ryan can "fake it" in the middle of a crowded restaurant. and get public approval; likewise, Oprah can yammer about female orgasms etc. constantly, but the instant a male doctor utters something about ejaculation then she shuts him down immediately, screaming "this is a ''family'' show!"
** Men are also portrayed as more shallow then women, only interested in physical beauty rather then mental, emotional or spiritual beauty, whereas women, who are [[WomenAreWiser wiser]], have a far more developed and nuanced sense of romantic attraction. (Although in the case of a ''Super Mom'' yoked to a BumblingDad, she seems to have absolutely no standards. Which is played for [[NoAccountingForTaste laughs.]])
* BumblingDad: "My dad's got no brains and I will NOT hesitate to tell him how much he SUCKS! But if I told that to my ''mom'', I'd be skinned alive, and not only by ''her''!" Referenced in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' book where Dogbert teaches etiquette, which features a segment dedicated to this. Dogbert is shown insulting a man's father with no visible reaction, but when he says something like "He's so ugly that the only way your mom would marry him is in the dark", which elicits an angry "What did you say about my mom?!"
* CasanovaWannabe: Unattractive tacky guy wants to get laid, hilarious! (The far rarer female equivalent would be an AbhorrentAdmirer depending on how unattractive and tacky we're talking here.)
* CompensatingForSomething: When was the last time you heard a woman being accused of compensating for a really wide vagina?
* DoesNotLikeMen and HeManWomanHater: Women who dislike men are portrayed more sympathetically than men who dislike women.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Women can't 'really' rape men, it is implied, so he must have wanted it or been so weak he's not worthy of sympathy.
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: A subtrope of BlackComedyRape. Supports that a) Only a man can hurt another man by sex b) The victim is an AcceptableTarget for not having been able to defend himself c) Unless it's BlackComedy, laughing at a female victim of rape is being a [[JerkAss complete asshole]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: for a woman to wear men's clothing is pretty much normal nowadays. For a man to wear ''women's'' clothing? A big, ugly deal.
* TheDulcineaEffect: A man inexplicably decides to risk his life for a random chick, implying his life is less valuable than hers.
* FanGirl vs FanBoy: The former is able to "[[TheUnfairSex get away]]" with actions that would get the latter locked up or looked down upon, in both fiction and RealLife. Girl cosplays? That's [[{{Moe}} childish hence cute]]! Guy cosplays? He's an asocial loser [[BasementDweller who needs to get out of his mom's basement]]. Girl admits to wanting to sleep with a male celebrity, complete with fanart? That's cute, since girls are innocent and childlike, never sinister or dangerous. Guy admits he wants to sleep with a female celebrity, complete with fanart? Creepy stalker who needs to stop fapping to girls he will never have.
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon: Highly offensive to both but much more to men than to women. First, it holds that mercy, refinement and kindness are [[WomenAreWiser "female" virtues]] as opposed to crudeness, violence and cruelty which are seen as [[ARealManIsAKiller "male" attributes]]. Second, should genders be reversed, the female will always be a HornyDevil, no other flaw needing be mentioned, because MyGirlIsNotASlut; and the male will be portrayed as a pansy for his gracious nature is [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass Unmanly]]. Finally, EvilIsSexy for both genders, plus it's {{Badass}} for men but Good is only desirable for women because, in fictionland, [[UnfortunateImplications kindness equals weakness]] and [[RealWomenDontWearDresses weakness is the very definition of femininity for many]]. Thus, men ''MUST NOT'' [[GoodIsNotNice be gentle in their "goodness"]], lest they'll be branded as [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass sissies]].
* {{Gendercide}}: Almost always applied to men and the world will often be shown as a {{Utopia}} without them. And if women are wiped out, men's only concern will be to simply finish the job and massacre themselves until there's no a single human being left. (With maybe some anal rape thrown in.)
* GroinAttack: Women will never be attacked here - other than RapeAsDrama - but it's played for laughs with men. (And even then, in RealLife, kicking a woman down there will ''still'' hurt them)
* HenpeckedHusband: No one will take them seriously. But if they were women, everyone would SCREAM in outrage.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Women have to do twice the evil to get the same recognition as evil. Women disproportionately score more convenient redemptions then men. Related to BeautyEqualsGoodness. May be partially explained by [[MostWritersAreMale most writers being male]] and viewing women as more beautiful then men. But it does not entirely explain it, since there have been [[AncientGreece times]] [[AncientRome and places]] where MostWritersAreMale did not coincide with viewing women as more beautiful and redeemable then men. DracoInLeatherPants is a related fandom phenomenon in which fangirl sympathy for male characters is directly proportionate to fangirls' desire to... er... [[RedemptionEqualsSex show them the error of their ways]].
* MachoDisasterExpedition: Men are inherently idiotic once they take off to the country.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: A man has no right to not want sex.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Or if he is, he's inappropriate and pathetic. Similarly, men aren't allowed to fear rejection in approaching women-- and likewise, such non-concern makes him an insensitive creep. Likewise, woman are allowed to humiliate a man who ''does'' approach her, and it's played for laughs.
* MenActWomenAre: Men are defined by what they do. Women are defined by what they are.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Unlike female characters, male characters don't start with audience sympathy, they have to earn it; male deaths aren't portrayed as being as significant or emotionally impactful as female deaths. While the trope is doubtlessly demeaning to men, it has UnfortunateImplications for women as well. Think of the commonly associated dramatic phrase, "women and children" (as in "women and children first," or "the monster attacked ''women and children!''"), which equates the self-sufficiency of women with that of young children. In general, this trope comes with the implication that the reason male deaths are more acceptable is that men are expected to be able to take care of themselves and others and forfeit sympathy if they don't, while women aren't expected to take care of themselves or others and don't forfeit sympathy when they don't.
* MenAreUncultured: Beethoven, Picasso and Shakespeare notwithstanding, men wouldn't know cultural refinement if it bit them on the ass, because being cultured is un-{{Badass}} thus Unmanly.
* MenCantKeepHouse: A man's more likely to live slovenly, because housecleaning is considered unmanly.
* MenDontCry: Men's tears are more likely to be viewed as weakness, while a woman's TenderTears are more likely to appear as proof of a tender heart. ManlyTears, if acknowledged to exist, must be used ''very'' sparingly.
* MommasBoy: A woman dominated by her father is a poor victim. A DaddysGirl might be annoying, but not necessarily. A man dominated by his mother is an instant ButtMonkey and an [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]].
* NoBisexuals: ''Much'' more applicable to men, especially in the past few years. In general if a woman does something sexually risque or out of the norm it's kinky; if a man does it, its gross, perverted, creepy, and, in this case, makes him less of a man.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Male sexuality isn't something worthy of pursuit. If a woman thinks a man is worthy of pursuit, there's something wrong with her and something wrong with him for submitting to it.
* ParentingTheHusband: because men (boys?) never grow up.
* PedoHunt: Male pedophiles are '''eviscerated''' and burnt at the stake by society. Female pedophiles? Unless they're also [[BuryYourGays lesbians]], they're hardly ever mentioned and given a "free pass" despite being guilty of the same depravity. In addition, guys seen talking to children who are not family members are automatically thought of as pedophiles due to this and AllMenArePerverts.
** Also, male victims of pedophilia perpetrated by women are actually ''lauded'', and any trauma he may experience is completely ignored, especially if the perpetrator is attractive and young (ex., "hey, he nailed his hot Social Studies teacher, lucky bastard"). Conversely, female victims are always looked upon as victims and handled with much more compassion, and this time even if the perpetrator is a woman.
** In fact, that very perspective (the first part, about male victims being lauded) was pointedly mocked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** The only exception to the rule are the parents--and even then, sometimes only because of the chance of her male accomplices being the real pedophiles and the chance of human trafficking.
* RaisedByDudes : Men cannot nurture babies nor can they raise children correctly without the help of women, especially if the child is a girl.
* ARealManIsAKiller, ManlyMenCanHunt: Justified in History dramas and in tribal societies but elsewhere it implies that reveling in boorish and gratuitous violence towards weaker beings is the quintessence of virility. [[NiceGuy Non-aggressive]], [[TechnicalPacifist peaceful]] guys are just pansies. Also justified if hunting is a ritual of a fantastic culture, or in other words if ManlyMenCanHunt is an in-verse prejudice.
* RunawayBride: If a man leaves a bride at the altar, he's an asshole. If a woman leaves a groom, she just values her independence against men or has found her true love elsewhere.
* SexForProduct: Not only are men [[YouSuck stupid]] enough to [[SchmuckBait fall for it]], it also strongly suggests men aren't sexy enough on their own to attract women, they have to have something extra. The implication that all women are [[UnfortunateImplications essentially prostitutes]] is also rather vile.
* SissyVillain: Masculine women are often heroes with suitably heroic deaths; feminine men? Evil incarnate.
* StalkerWithACrush: Women who obsessively chase men, no matter how far they go, are just funny and eccentric. Men who do the same to women are portrayed as evil monsters who need to be jailed away.
* StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale: Male stalkers? Creepy. Female stalkers? Cute.
* StrawFeminist page compared with the StrawMisogynist page.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Somehow, [[OverlordJr sons]] always take evil traits after their father. [[DaddysLittleVillain Some daughters do as well]]. But any good they may have in them always comes from [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas their saintly mother]]. Note, however, that [[EvilMatriarch not all mothers are saintly]].
* TheUnfairSex: To some writers, whenever a relationship goes wrong, it's always the man's fault, no matter if it's the case or not.
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Male characters who employ this trope against female characters are evil; female characters who employ this trope against male characters are just really frustrated and upset.
* WouldHurtAChild: The perpetrator of this is almost AlwaysMale. Female child abusers seem to only limit themselves to psychological abuse but, [[SarcasmMode as anybody knows]], women are just too weak to physically hurt anyone, not even children. Alternatively women are seen as inherently [[WomenAreWiser good]] in comparison to [[ARealManIsAKiller beastly men]].
* WouldntHitAGirl: Women can hit men but men can't hit women. Women are too weak to be hit; MenAreTheExpendableGender. DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale while a Woman hitting a Man is rarely ever seen this way.


[[folder: Sexist against women]]
* AbductionIsLove: An AlwaysFemale kidnapping is love scenario.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules, BestHerToBedHer, NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Strong women can only find their fulfillment with stronger men.
* AllLesbiansWantKids: A so-called TruthInTelevision that is, in many or even most cases, just not true at all. But enforced many times and often focusing mainly on the difficulty of finding a semen donor, who invariably turns out to be a straight man. Usually stems from the fact that [[MostWritersAreMale Most Writers Are Straight Males]] and have only a limited understanding (sometimes coloured by [[FetishFuel unrealistic]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot fantasy]]) of how [[UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest relationships]] between homosexual women work, and / or a desire to reassure themselves (and the male audience) that men still form a vital part in women's lives, even if the women in question are gay.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Should normally be the DistaffCounterpart to AllMenArePerverts but is currently a ForgottenTrope that is almost never used, almost never played straight and almost never treated as negatively as the male version. Since women have no sexual potency, today's female wantonness is either seen as good service for males, or as a positive emancipation.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Replaces AllWomenAreLustful in all modern fiction. Women have absolutely no sex drive and do not want, desire, or even ''enjoy'' sex whatsoever. They only have sex with men to get men to marry them, do/buy stuff for them, or to [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter get pregnant]]. Having no sex drive also means pulling off a LysistrataGambit is cakewalk to them.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Women should be offended not being raped because sexual assault is a compliment and a blessing, like any good rape victim will tell you!
* AsianAirhead: An Asian woman? She ''must'' be a stupid bimbo, easy to manipulate and [[AsianHookerStereotype good service in bed]] for the MightyWhitey!
* BehindEveryGreatMan: No matter what a woman accomplishes, it won't be as worthy of attention as the same accomplishment made by a man.
* CareerVersusMan, FamilyVersusCareer: Women have to choose between career and family.
* ChickFlick: According to media and [[MeddlingExecutive those in power]], women ought to enjoy romantic films and nothing else. Also, men who have watched such a film are AcceptableTargets or [[CampGay pansies]]. Women who don't dig such a genre are abnormal.
* {{Chickification}}: An extremely common trope that strips strong female characters from their independence, assertiveness and self-confidence as soon as they show [[RealWomenDontWearDresses a glimpse of femininity]]. Or simply because there is no other female on the main cast and someone has to be saved at one point.
* ClarkesLawForGirlsToys: Toy adverts often contend that little girls are inherently mentally retarded while little boys are the epitome of intelligence.
* CatFight: When men fight each other, it's serious. When women fight each other, no matter how brutal and gory the battle gets, it is considered cute and arousing, thus dismissed as a CatFight.
* DefiledForever: The idea that extramarital sex, including sexual assault, morally corrupts and/or defiles a woman forever, to the point of barring them from marriage and/or TrueLove.
* DesignatedGirlFight: When two teams with female members face off, the female members always fight each other to uphold WouldntHitAGirl.
* DisposableWoman, CartwrightCurse: Women serve as plot devices in service of male character development or backstory, and are killed off, most times in [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the most gruesome]] [[StuffedIntoTheFridge way possible]], or PutOnABus as soon as their usefulness in this regard has ended. ''Usually'' the result of ExecutiveMeddling, though plain old bad writing is sometimes to blame.
* DisposableSexWorker: Prostitutes [[AcceptableTargets deserve no compassion]] and must be killed off. Can be {{Gender Flip}}ped but it's rare.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: An extremely insulting one -- a) Women are so weak they just '''''can't''''' harm anyone seriously, NOT EVEN OTHER WOMEN b) Lesbian sex is [[GirlOnGirlIsHot sexy]] but doesn't count as "true" sex because [[AnatomicallyImpossibleSex all sex is penetrative]] else [[UnfortunateImplications it's just foreplay thus nothing to complain about]]. c) Dismissing this trope as unappealing passes off as SelectiveSquick.
* DumbBlonde: Although subversions are fairly common.
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: A man carrying someone is considered omnipresent, since men are expected to excel in the physical department.
* FagHag: Women who associate closely with Gay men often suffer the same bias as {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s and, as the title suggests, are more often than not portrayed as unattractive, overweight spinsters that are just desperate for male company but too ugly to get laid. Attractive portrayals DO exist but are less common. However, Heaven forbids they actually ''enjoy'' watching Gay men getting it on!
* FatGirl: Seldom seen and almost always the show's AcceptableTarget. Positive portrayals are extremely rare, especially is she's White. Compare to BigFun and FatBastard who are almost exclusively male.
* FauxActionGirl: She supposedly kicks ass but we never get to see her doing it. Similar ''in theory'' to MilesGloriosus, but in practice the latter boasts of his own prowess and his shortcomings are entirely due to his ego and cowardice, while the former is shilled by her compatriots and her inadequacy in combat carries the implicit message that a woman is too weak and too emotional to fight.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Home cooking is the quintessence of femininity. In the real world, however, professional cooking had only very recently began to open its doors to women. That women are by and large considered to be too weak, both mentally and physically, to handle the professional kitchen is still shockingly prevalent despite the recent emergence of female celebrity chefs. Nevertheless, especially in anime, a feminine woman who can't cook is regularly treated as though there is something seriously wrong with her (although in [[LethalChef some cases]] this can be probably true) and often ''entire episodes'' are dedicated to her learning to do so, usually so she can make something nice for her LoveInterest.
* {{GIRL}}: How many males get this much scrutiny over their gender?
* GirlOfTheWeek: An AlwaysFemale SatelliteLoveInterest that often ends up StuffedInTheFridge.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Many depicted lean toward those that girls don't exactly need. And guys ''don't'' need any role models because they're not expected to challenge the gender role given to them by society.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Funny how only ''male'' geeks end up with the babes. This may be largely due to the cultural perception [[MostGamersAreMale that there are]] [[OtakuSurrogate no female geeks]] [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet in the first place.]] It also furthers the idea that men can expect women ''way'' beyond their league and be really shallow about it, whereas a woman can't even have reasonable standards without being called a bitch.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Women in positions of power are usually portrayed as shrill, PMS-ing, [[ManipulativeBitch Manipulative Bitches]] or all-along incompetent rulers.
* HeirClubForMen: Justified by historical accuracy in period dramas, but still completely TruthInTelevision in many places.
* HollywoodHomely: In Hollywood, women - especially White women - have to fit in a very strict standard of beauty. Merely ordinary looks, never mind actual ugliness, are the ultimate no-no and women who don't fit these patterns '''that almost always need plastic surgery to exist''' will have a limited career and elicit a less than positive reaction from the (male) audience. Hence, most actresses in Hollywood look strangely the same. Unattractive men, on the other hand, have virtually no limitations in these regards and can have a successful career, no matter what they look like. Honestly, how many female equivalents of Woody Allen, Mike Myers, Jack Black, Edward James Olmos, Joe Pesci or Danny De Vito can you think of? (On the other hand, most of the above male actors are pigeonholed into comedic roles. Basically, ugly men are funny and ugly women don't exist.) All of which constitutes an UnfortunateImplication that there is nothing more important to a woman than physical appearance and that men are allowed to be much shallower about their standards than women.
* HollywoodPudgy: For the same reasons as HollywoodHomely.
* HystericalWoman: Holds that women must be more temperamental and neurotic than men, and therefore less capable, simply because they are women.
* KavorkaMan: The female equivalent doesn't exist in the media. In RealLife, ugly or plain-looking women who manage to score are viewed with suspicion at best, with disgust most times.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Only men carry nobility and honourable legacy in their bloodlines. Women are just unimportant vessels for the next generation who have nothing to contribute otherwise. Related to HeirClubForMen.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Men always want to have sex, no matter what, even if they've never had it before, and it's [[AllMenArePerverts all they think about]]. Also, women see sex as a chore and are never completely "ready" for it, and sometimes, they never recover from their traumatic first time.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Goes hand in hand with MonsterMisogyny. See below.
* MonsterMisogyny: Women, being weak and easily frightened, make better victims than men. Carries even more UnfortunateImplications if the killing is intended to titillate.
* MostCommonSuperPower: Male superheroes get muscular figures. Female superheroines get big boobs.
* MostWritersAreMale: The source of many double standards.
* MoustacheDePlume: The price to pay for female writers if they want to be taken seriously.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Since women's foremost preoccupation is to be mothers and [[MandatoryMotherhood not having kids is unthinkable]], those who are still childless at age 40 will automatically freak out and let go of everything in order to fulfil their primary function in society. Those who don't are selfish bitches or {{Straw Feminist}}s.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: The boy, on the other hand, can be easy like Sunday morning and not get any flack from it.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: According to media and due to MostWritersAreMale, a woman just '''''can't''''' achieve major success/strength/power/[[BadAss badassery]], in short anything important, without the help of an AlwaysMale mentor/family member/friend/lover who is automatically stronger and cooler than she is. She will always be a superior man's daughter/ward/sister/lover/student before anything else.
* NeutralFemale: Not interfering in the fight between TheHero and the BigBad, TheChick stays on the sidelines, waiting for the strongest male to come and pick her up as prize.
* NippleAndDimed: Males can have as many shirtless scenes as they want, and still be rated "G". Women meanwhile, if you even so much as show them without a bra on, expect to have the rating bumped up to "R" (or "PG-13" if you're lucky) merely ''because'' of that. Thus, with any nude scenes, females must either cover their naked breasts with their arms or some kind of object, whereas males are able to show off ''much'' more of their bodies...including nipples.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Misogyny by a sympathetic character, often played for laughs.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: So a man can take the position.
* ReallyGetsAround: As usual with sexual activity, if it's a man, he's expected to be promiscuous and admired if he is. If it's a woman, she's just a slut.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: To many fans, it's '''''impossible''''' to be strong/{{badass}} if you're feminine! You must be a macho man in the body of an ActionGirl, throw out your miniskirts, piss on men and insult any woman less "badass" than yourself, if you want some respect and be seen as a "strong female", else you're useless.
** Note that the trope deals with women displaying femininity always being negative characters, not with the fact of ''wearing a dress/skirt to fight'' which is another matter.
* {{Ryona}}: Fan-made videos that fetishize violence dealt to women in fighting and survival games. The phenomenon carries many UnfortunateImplications and marks a particularly sadistic brand of [[HeManWomanHater misogyny]]. Related to StuffedIntoTheFridge and MonsterMisogyny.
* ScreamingWoman: A woman stands screaming and helpless as the monster advances on her. Cue her square-jawed male rescuer, [[BigDamnHeroes arriving in the nick of time]] with his trusty [[{{BFS}} sword]]/[[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]/[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything other phallic symbol]] to pull her out of danger. Goes hand in hand with MonsterMisogyny, and, as such, was far more prevalent in the black-and-white era.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Count the male and female speaking parts in the cast of the top ten grossing movies in ''any'' year. Or in Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Or the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Or the classical Greek dramas.
* StandardHeroReward: Doesn't take into account the princess's desire to marry or not to marry the hero. "Giving" her to the hero as a reward also implies that she is property, although genderflipped examples aren't that uncommon either. [[ButThouMust No one asks the hero]] if he wants her as a reward, either. Maybe all those heroes were gritting their teeth and secretly thinking, 'Don't insult the king. Don't insult the king. Don't insult the king.'
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Female {{Badass}}es are often subdued far more peacefully -- and improbably -- than their male counterparts. Apparently it's enough to stop an ActionGirl from doing something "silly"...
* StayInTheKitchen: Can be played off as noble, if misguided, chivalry. But when it comes from male fans judging female characters, it's nearly always flat out [[HeManWomanHater misogyny]].
* StrawFeminist: Because it distorts the real-world ideology of feminism into misandry/female supremacy. There ''are'' self-proclaimed feminists who fit the trope, but they are relatively few and far between. In the media, however, ''all'' feminists tend to be portrayed in such a fashion.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: And its sub-tropes, such as BreastPlate and ThongOfShielding - scant, usually impractical armor designed to show as much skin as possible. Common in {{RPG}}s, but notably less so in other genres and media; averted in some cases and with both genders fitting the bill in others. FrankFrazetta, who might be considered the grandfather of this trope, was about as fond of the LoinCloth as he was the FurBikini, although he generally adhered to the standard convention that man in loincloth = {{Badass}}, woman in fur bikini = {{Fanservice}}.
* TerritorialSmurfette: Women are automatically catty with each other at first sight.
* ThreeWaySex: A man has sex with 2 girls at the same time: One manly {{Badass}}!! A woman has sex with 2 guys at the same time: [[ThisIsUnforgivable Eww!! What a whore!!]] The men in a MMF Threeway don't come off much better, the insult being that they are somehow [[YouFailLogicForever gay for even being there]].
* TokenMinority: Women are often treated and included in media as if they were a minority that needed to be "included" on much the same basis as ethnic minorities. In reality, females make up a small ''majority'' in most developed industrial nations, and their low-and-only-slowly-increasing participation in media is an artifact of long-term social exclusion. On the other hand, this slowly changing phenomenon may be due to such reasons as a lower percentage of female actors, or a subconscious expectation by both sexes to see a certain distribution of sexes in media which naturally takes time to change.
* TwoferTokenMinority: A non-white woman is treated as ticking ''two'' "minority" boxes. See TokenMinority above.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Tough, [[BadAss badass]] women are more likely to die before the end of the story because NoGuyWantsAnAmazon, especially not one that [[BestHerToBedHer isn't after]] [[AllAmazonsWantHercules Hercules]]. Also contains an underhanded [[AnAesop aesop]] to female viewers that refusing to appeal to males means death. Could also be due to the WorfEffect, wherein the most badass and capable are taken out first in order to ramp up the tension.
* VirginPower, VirginTension: And all virginity tropes. Virginity equals purity and a virgin woman can do whatever questionable act she wants, it doesn't count: she's a virgin thus pure. However, women who have lost their virginity, never mind how and when, are DefiledForever and repulsive pieces of trash that no sane man would ever bother with.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet, HollywoodOld: Getting older is forbidden for actresses. Male actors are just given different roles when they get old, and allowed go on playing romantic leads even when it gets a bit creepy. (Creator/RogerMoore in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' was older than co-star Tanya Roberts' ''mother''.) This is slowly being worn at, with such actresses like Dame Creator/JudiDench, Creator/JulieAndrews, Creator/MerylStreep, and Creator/MaggieSmith. Still in force, in that they have ''extensive'' work history and acclaim.
* WomenDrivers: Any woman behind the wheel is portrayed as a threat to everyone due to her lack of driving skills.
* YokoOhNo: MusicTrope concerning love interests of band members. If the love interest is a woman, she will have derision and scorn heaped upon her more likely than a male one.


[[folder: Sexist against either ]]

* AbhorrentAdmirer, compare to StalkerWithACrush: Basically a female CasanovaWannabe equally PlayedForLaughs but with even more UnfortunateImplications for both sides: a) Women who aren't physically perfect should remain unnoticeable else they're posing a serious threat to men b) Men are so [[TheUnfairSex stupid and shallow]] they can't stand the presence of a woman who isn't physically perfect and sexually passive c) A woman depicted as being that picky about men's physique is just a bitch.
* AcceptableTargets
* ActionGirl / NonActionGuy: While these two character archetypes may be well-executed, and often are, the simple fact that action and non-action, respectively, are the assumed default position for men and women (enough to merit tropes that ''point out'' when a woman is capable of fighting or a man is unwilling or unable to fill the shoes of an action hero) certainly constitutes a double standard.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Compassionate, caring and intelligent men don't score girls--rugged bastards do. Likewise, women ''must'' only think with their vaginas and fall for said rugged bastards - often with the implication that said women either subconsciously desire to be treated like dirt, or are simply too naive to know what they really want.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Cheerleaders are dumb, cruel and shallow by default, and if you like one of them, you'll never appreciate real good women. Implies that men think only with their [[AllMenArePerverts penises]] and therefore would choose an attractive, but abusive woman over a less attractive but sweet one. .
* AmusingInjuries: Women are free to inflict comedic violence with impunity, especially against men, but injuries inflicted by men are rarely comedic, ''especially'' if they're inflicted on women. This is sexist against men in that it limits the roles male characters are allowed to take, but it's also sexist against women in that it carries a subtext that women are weak, and incapable of inflicting serious injuries.
* BastardBoyfriend: And related tropes. Women are depicted being abused by their boyfriends to titillate the audience. Even more disturbing, this trope shows up mostly in media made ''by'' women ''for'' women and is very popular in the BoysLove. Not only does it carry the UnfortunateImplication that women, and by extension homosexual men, are inherently masochistic and if they're not they should be, but it also raises other questions such as: why do women think so poorly of men? or Is {{Love Martyr}}dom the sole way to greatness for women and gay men?
* Be it this trope, or Bitch Girlfriend, there is also the danger of [[MisaimedFandom unwittingly encouraging]] people to blow slight relationship problems way out of proportion and treat them as cases of the significant other displaying consciously hurtful, controlling or neglectful behavior.
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: Modest, decent women never get the guy unless they start dressing and acting like wanton skanks. Because AllMenArePerverts.
* BeastAndBeauty: ...and many other subtropes thereof, having a woman that must be hot and a man hat must be fugly.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Plain looking or truly ugly people are unlikely to be seen as good/redeemable persons. More often applied to women but men are also concerned. And if you're [[DracoInLeatherPants evil and hot]], you ''must'' be redeemable somehow...
* CuteMonsterGirl: The females are less monstrous than the males in ''any'' species, but sex appeal is ''only'' important for said females, not the males.
* DeathByWomanScorned: Killing a cheater (can be male or female depending on the work) is seen as [[DisproportionateRetribution absolutely justified]].
* DepravedHomosexual, DepravedBisexual, PsychoLesbian: Three character types that fall outside society's established sexual roles and portrayed as mentally unstable sexual predators whose evil tendencies stem from their unusual sex drives, especially if the first two are male and if the last one is ''not'' bisexual. Which "proves" that men and women who have interest in same-sex relationships are dangerous and threatening, if not downright insane. Don't even get started on the even ''bigger'' can of worms opened up [[InternetBackdraft when someone asks if it's possible to have one of these characters]] ''without'' UnfortunateImplications.
* DifferentForGirls
* DismissedGender
* TheFourLoves [=/=]IJustWantToBeBadass: WishFulfillment tropes that downplay what women and men are supposed to want out of life. Since a woman is NeverASelfMadeWoman, being a mother and wife is all that ''should'' matter. For men, there's no other valid way to exist than being violent, [[{{Jerkass}} assholish]] and [[AllMenArePerverts sexually hyperactive]]. Only then can you claim the crowning titles of "manly" and "respectable".
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: But boy on boy is {{squick}} (though HoYay can occasionally] [[GuyOnGuyIsHot result]]) and an actual lesbian relationship is likely to be viewed with contempt, as a woman is only supposed to be happy with a man in her life.
* GirlShowGhetto: Implies that shows made for girls are inferior and should only be watched by girls. This also has a little homophobia in the implication that any men who watch said shows are gay, and that is bad.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Due to the WomenAreWiser rule, evil women are usually portrayed as more redeemable than evil men. Or as just too na´ve, indecisive and emotional to choose their path by themselves and thus need to follow a man. And this possibility of redemption is almost always [[BeautyEqualsGoodness proportional to the woman's attractiveness]]; ie if she's unattractive she's MUCH LESS likely to be redeemed.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: One of the worst offenders of this section. Upon entering adolescence, nevermind the typical uneasiness that most teenagers experience with their changing bodies, girls will automatically turn into shallow skanks, whose major goal is to look like sluts and be with a boy so they can be complete. Boys automatically turn into lecherous perverts whose main purpose will be to prove their masculinity by losing their virginity and acting boorish. And if they don't fit in these two categories, something is wrong with them.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Since AllMenArePerverts, having their way sexually is the only important thing to men in a relationship. And women have to deal with it, like it or not, else men are entitled to dump them or cheat on them.
* LadyLand: If it's portrayed as a [[MarySuetopia Utopia]] because there are no men this is StrawFeminist times OVER NINE THOUSAND. On the other hand portraying it as a {{Dystopia}} because women should [[StayInTheKitchen NEVER be in-charge of ANYTHING not related to household]] is extremely chauvinistic.
* LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek: The sexism against men by portraying them as perpetually greedy, perverted, selfish and cruel is a given. But it's sexist against women too, by portraying them as perpetual victims, both weak and virtuous, and telling them to expect this as their lot in life.
* LysistrataGambit: Where AllWomenAreLustful and ImAManICantHelpIt intersect. Played equally it's almost not sexist, showing both genders as slaves to their loins. More typically, it uses one of those two tropes more than the other.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: The mainstream movies version of MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus which insultingly describes men and women as absurdly stereotyped and totally unable to communicate and interact with each other unless one accepts being symbolically "vanquished" by the other. Can be pulled off well but the UnfortunateImplications potential is always very high.
* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial: Simply being female is a "distinct characteristic", while maleness is the "default".
* MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus: A common assertion that exacerbates gender stereotypes to the point of absurdity in adverts.
* MostGamersAreMale: Commonly held, much like ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet, as a truism, when it isn't - now less than ever. On one hand, there is the assumption that women are rarely, if ever, interested in video games, a "male" form of entertainment. On the other, men are assumed to be interested in nothing but violence, titillation and explosions - when many, ''many'' story-heavy games have proven quite successful.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: A specific subtrope of HarmonyVersusDiscipline where the [[WomenAreWiser kind and nurturing]] but squeamish and emotional woman plays along the logical, more analytical but assholish and conceited man who scorns anything not related to science.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Mismatched couples almost ALWAYS make the man the less conventionally appealing one, as in UglyGuyHotWife. This seems to incorporate a) it's much funnier to laugh at pathetic men and b) no one would EVER marry a woman who wasn't conventionally appealing no matter what. Sucks for both sides.
* OtakuSurrogate: A woman interested in comics, gaming or science fiction? She ''must'' have been invented by a man.
* PrisonRape: The "real" punishment of daring to break the law. Usually applied to men as men make up a larger amount of the prison population, but is also applied to women.
* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Can happen for either gender - though for women, it reinforces traditional gender ideals by having her be 'mastered' by a man and therefore made into a good person; for men it is intended to destroy macho, usually chauvanistic pretensions. Essentially, a TakeThat to uppity men who fail to respect women as they should.
* RightThroughHisPants: Female nudity in media is far more prevalent than male nudity, particularly during sex scenes. This trope is very slowly becoming discredited as the perceived audience for current media expands.
* SamusIsAGirl / UnsettlingGenderReveal: Women that turn out to be men are seen as {{Squick}} inducing, while men that turn out to be women are seen as a turn-on. [[http://generationotaku.net/plugins/content/content.php?content.266 This pretty much sums it up.]]
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: On one hand, the {{Jerkass}} whose motto is this is almost always male. On the other hand, it justifies the sexual abuse of women who are DefiledForever or no longer virgins since such women are whores by definition.
* SkinshipGrope: If someone of the opposite sex "touches" the intimate parts of the opposite sex, it is usually seen as a KickTheDog moment and leads to many consequences. However if someone of the same gender does it, it is usually seen as [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale okay]], [[GirlOnGirlIsHot hot]], or [[BlackComedyRape comedic]]. Any groping seen is media is almost always female on female. Male on female is possible, but unless it's in a hentai, it has to be an [[AccidentalPervert accidental moment]] and it usually follows with a MegatonPunch from the female. [[CaptainObvious Of course the one on the receiving end, regardless of the gender of the inflicter, is never amused]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: It is acceptable for an authoritative adult, be male or female, to desire sex with minors; the minors should thank their luck instead of even thinking they were taken advantage of, as long as said authoritative adult is attractive. This applies more to female teacher/male student than vice versa.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Heavy UnfortunateImplications. For women: It's sexist right out of the gate because women can't be unattractive in the media, but men can be. Women are expected to [[WomenAreWiser overlook appearances and love men for who they are]], regardless their sex-appeal, and the opposite isn't true. The inversion of the trope (Ugly woman with hot man) is only useful for comedy purposes, because ''of course'' those women don't deserve those men. For men: Women MUST be attractive before anything else since men [[TheUnfairSex are too shallow]] and [[AllMenArePerverts too sex-crazed]] to look past this. The overall message: Ugly men can [[KavorkaMan still score more women than they would points in a shmup]] but ugly women shouldn't even exist.

[[folder: Frequently sexist in execution or delivery, but not sexist in nature ]]

* AffirmativeActionGirl, PositiveDiscrimination: The effort is admirable, sort of, but it still leaves a sour taste.
* AngstWhatAngst: Seen as a strength in both genders, but it's more considered a strength in men than it is for a woman. Women who fit this trope are often cold as ice.
* AnythingThatMoves: In theory applicable to both but much more often applied to women - especially in porn - since a male sex-crazed omnisexual is often '''''much too''''' threatening for the heterosexual male audience.
* AllTheGoodMenAreGay: Gay men have the characteristics that women (apparently) desire and straight men don't.
* TheBabyTrap: Goes along with the baby-obsessed nature of many women in popular media. Although male "baby traps" are [[http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-01/uoc--rco012010.php common in real life]], media representations are almost of the female variety.
* BasementDweller: Virtually always male.
* UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest: Not in itself but it highlights the fact that, in full-length films, women are a) rare, and b) mainly concerned with romance or the male lead. You will be shocked by the sheer number of films that fail at it. There is also the implication that women who talk about men are [[RealWomenDontWearDresses weak or dependent]], and there are an astonishing number of sexist cases that pass this test.
* {{Bishoujo}}: There's nothing bad per se about characters who happen to be Bishoujo; however, they are frequently MsFanservice and show up in shows otherwise littered with other reminders that MostWritersAreMale.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Alien women are created almost the exact way as beautiful women but Alien men are created as monsters.
* BondageIsBad: Kinky women are liberated when they are dominant, and oppressed and abused if they are submissive. Kinky men are {{Straw Misogynist}}s when they are dominant, and weak and literally pussy-whipped when they are submissive. Oh yeah, and [[FalseDichotomy switches don't exist]].
* BookDumb: BookDumb male heroes are a dime a dozen, but you rarely hear of a BookDumb female hero unless it's a DumbBlonde. In fact if a female hero ''does'' seem to be BookDumb the chances are very good she is actually really book-smart but [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending otherwise]] to [[PopularIsDumb fit in]] (this very rarely (remember Columbo) happens with a BookDumb male). While being BookDumb isn't bad, looked at this way it reinforces the notion that boys are inherently bad (or willfully irresponsible) in school... unless they're yucky {{nerd}}s. Point being, female characters can be book-smart and {{Badass}} or even desirable, but it's almost as though male characters need to choose between one or the other. On the other hand, the lack of female BookDumb characters may be a result of GirlsNeedRoleModels.
* ButNotTooBlack[=/=]ButNotTooWhite: It is far more acceptable for black men (or men of non-Caucasian descent) to be dark-skinned than black women who don't fit in the standard mold. Likewise, Caucasian men who are pale-skinned are derided more than fair-skinned Caucasian women due to pale skin being associated with not getting sun/staying outside or geekiness.
* ChainedToARock, ChainedToARailway: Ancient (but not [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]]) versions which almost always combine this with ScreamingWoman and/or StuffedInTheFridge if the rescue fails. Of course, the victim is 95% of the time a woman, that needs to be rescued by mostly male BigDamnHeroes.
* ClothingDamage: At first only girls got their clothes ripped off, but the male examples are increasing. However, sometimes for men this is a drama or atmosphere thing, while for women it is nearly always a FanService thing.
* CoitusUninterruptus: Applicable to both but almost always played in favour of the man not bothering to stop having sex while being given crucial info. Women will stop altogether or at least act embarrassed.
* CommonKnowledge: One fact in particular, actually; the one about 1 in 4 women being raped. Not only is it scientifically dicey (see trope entry), but the same study found that 1 in 6 ''men'' are raped. [[SarcasmMode Strangely]], you never hear about that second statistic.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Label is sometimes more readily assigned to men, can also exhibit a double standard if a man is more shamed by crossdressing than a woman.
* DamselInDistress: If they exist ''only'' to be rescued, it's sexist. While it's more likely to happen to a woman, when it happens to a man it's to showcase how ''badass'' the ActionGirl who goes to the rescue is.
* DeadlyBath: It's most often a woman who is the victim.
* DeathByChildbirth: A mother's often a DisposableWoman otherwise unimportant. Could actually be said to look like a women-only version of [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on (Her)]], depending on how much relevance the trope and character have in the plot.
* DeathBySex: Either of them will die, but most likely a woman.
* DeathByWomanScorned: Examples of both men and women being killed in retaliation because they had it coming either through years of abuse or they were killed in self defense. However, if the trope name isn't enough, it's more often a ''man'' who had it coming, partly due to other existing Double Standard tropes.
* DeliverUsFromEvil: If not set up right, makes for a HighHeelFaceTurn (with all implications in place) of CharacterDerailment proportions. That, and a man is much less likely to make a HeelFaceTurn simply for being a father.
* DesignatedVictim: Often accompanies {{Chickification}}.
* DieForOurShip: Female characters are ''way'' more often subject to this than male characters. Often coincides with HetIsEw and [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls most fanfic writers are]] either YaoiFangirls or ship the hero with their preferred character or a self-insert RelationshipSue.
* DomesticAbuse: Male on female violence is ''always'' bad. Female on male violence is sometimes presented as acceptable, if not encouraged. In anime, it's further justified if she's a {{Tsundere}}: Remember kids, she's actually flirting if she's verbally or physically abusive!
* EvilMatriarch: Because you almost never hear of a good matriarch, this is another trope full of underhanded sexism against powerful women.
* EvilIsSexy: There's nothing abnormal about finding a sexy person sexy, even if they're a total douchebag. However, if a girl finds an evil guy really hot, it's often pegged as DracoInLeatherPants. If a guy finds an evil woman really hot, he's just being smart. Women have PerverseSexualLust? [[AllWomenArePrudes Since when]]?
* The fact that more evil women than men are likely to look good- which plays into the idea that [[BeautyEqualsGoodness even women who are evil]] ''must'' have some measure of sex appeal, which men don't need at all.
* FanService: There's nothing inherently wrong with fanservice, be it a WalkingShirtlessScene or a woman sporting AbsoluteCleavage - but if there's more of one than the other, you can bet the opposite gender will be annoyed.
* There is also an unusual Double Standard in the ''perception'' of FanService. A scantily clad man is less likely to be seen as such - even when he is - while a scantily clad woman is almost always assumed to be there for no other purpose - even when she isn't.
* FragileFlower and ShrinkingViolet: Women get depicted as painfully shy and weak much more often; however, [[CharacterDevelopment they have a greater chance to grow out of it]], and attacking them openly is seen as ''[[KickTheDog unforgivable]]'' in-story. When a man is depicted as such, though, he's an AcceptableTarget and PlayedForLaughs, and ''no one'' will sympathize with him or be good to him, even if they ''are'' genuinely scarred by such an abuse.
* {{Gonk}}: Female gonks rarely show up with major roles in works of fiction, are less likely to portrayed with sympathy and way more susceptible to FailPolish.
* HouseHusband: A woman who chooses to stay at home and raise the kids is making a noble choice to be there for her family. A man who ''chooses'' to do this is merely a loser who can't find work.
* TheIngenue and ManChild: Both describe adults with a childlike demeanor, but the former (female) has been considered a wholesome archetype for much of literature; and the latter (male) usually has negative connotations and is probably on its own less famous than [[PsychopathicManchild its villainous subtrope]] (and although the PsychopathicManchild trope is in practice gender-neutral, said characters are most likely to be male as can be seen from its mere ''name...''). Because it's okay or even desirable for women to be [[{{Moe}} naive, childish, and in need of protection]], but men are fully expected to be mature and take care of themselves or there's something seriously wrong with them!
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Examples of women being unable to achieve physical arousal (rare as they are) are invariably PlayedForDrama, or the woman's male sexual partner is blamed for being unable to arouse her. Male examples are infinitely more common, and are almost invariably PlayedForLaughs (as the trope description itself acknowledges): the man suffering from erectile dysfunction is a kind of AcceptableTarget.
* LoveMartyr: Almost AlwaysFemale and insidiously related to AllGirlsWantBadBoys and SexySadist. Carries the UnfortunateImplication that women's only acceptable way to greatness and character depth is to remain faithful to an [[JerkAss assholish]] and violent boyfriend and endure the abuse quietly, no matter how horrible it may be, so as to become the ultimate {{Woobie}}. And the rare men who apply to {{Love Martyr}}dom are almost always seen as deluded, weak-willed and pathetic [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass pansies]].
* MaleGaze: Focusing the camera on a woman's body, sometimes to the literal exclusion of her face, to define her by her physical appeal first and foremost. Comparable shots for men are likely to cause [[SelectiveSquick much whining]] from male viewers. However, note that MaleGaze is only sexist if it's meant to be the audience's view. If it is a POV shot, it's characterization.
* MarySue: The threshold for labeling a female character a Mary Sue is often lower than that for a [[MartyStu male]], and therefore a female will be more likely to have fans hissing "Sue, Sue, Sue!".This is pretty much due to the fact that MostFanficWritersAreGirls - ''teenagers'' mostly - and thus not always aware of the blatant MarySue-ness of their characters due to inexperience and immaturity.
* MeasuringTheMarigolds: Not in itself but most examples of soulless scientists who wish to deconstruct beautiful things so as to suck the beauty out of them are male. Why? Because WomenAreWiser thus [[MotherNatureFatherScience only they can properly appreciate the simple joys of life and the spirit of nature]], whereas men are much too assholish to see beauty in anything.
* MillionairePlayboy and RichBitch: Both are filthy rich and fear not to display it. But the latter has much more negative connotations associated with it than the former and, obviously, is much more likely to be female, whereas the former is always male. (Unless the guy is also a JerkJock. Then he'll be the type to flaunt his cash and be completely stupid, but his dad will buy off the authorities whenever he does anything horrible.)
* {{Moe}}: Characters described as this are frequently portrayed as stupid, clumsy or naive when female.
* MsFanservice: If the character is well-developed in other ways, it's not a serious problem; but often she'll be objectified and used for fanservice and very little else. And the male equivalent MrFanservice is nearly always a functional character as well as providing fanservice.
* ThePollyanna: More often a female character, if it's a male character who fits that trope and isn't either a Child or KnightInSourArmor, then it's likely that he'll be seen as "Gay" or "Prissy".
* RapeAsDrama: Usually featuring a male rapist and a female victim, but sometimes inverted. Sometimes TruthInTelevision, but depending on portrayal, it can be sexist against men by making them all seem abusive, or sexist against women by making them all seem like victims.
* SamusIsAGirl: As explained in the introduction, having a [[BadAss badass]], violent [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] that turns out to be a woman all along is a TwistEnding because it relies on the general assumption that women are not supposed to take action in the first place, let alone be {{Badass}}, and even less be successful.
* SelectiveSquick: The practice of many heterosexuals of dismissing as {{Squick}} any type of {{Fanservice}} that [[PeripheryHatedom isn't supposed to appeal to them]]. In other words, lesbian scenes and naked women to straight women, gay scenes and naked men to straight men.
* Likewise, any gay or lesbian character will inevitably be seen by the same sex as shallow fanservice for the opposite sex, regardless of their depth of character.
* ShockValueRelationship: Applicable to either but almost always applied to women since this trope comes from the belief that women only seek romance out of convenience and self-validation.
* TheSlacker: A nearly always male character that is not by itself sexist, but can easily be against either men or women because he is usually paired with a decidedly non-slackerish girlfriend - either he comes across as a lovable goof lumbered with a joyless, career driven IceQueen ''or'' she comes across as an intelligent, responsible adult dating [[NoAccountingForTaste a moronic, willfully immature loser]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Unwanted male stalkers are dangerous, cruel and irredeemable psychos (except in romantic comedies where they're seen as Dogged Nice Guys); unwanted female stalkers are [[AbhorrentAdmirer inconvenient, pathetic]] or warmed up to in the end.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The practice of killing off a character in a particularly gruesome manner for the sole purpose of goading a more important character into action is not, in itself, sexist. In many cases, however, the implications are unfortunate. It tends to happen to women more often than men (see Gail Simone's archived web page WomenInRefrigerators, the former TropeNamer, for specific examples), and female deaths that fit the trope often involve some manner of humiliation, sexual or otherwise. This sometimes carries an implicit message that male superheroes and sidekicks die because they're in a dangerous profession, while female superheroes (and the wives or girlfriends of male superheroes) die because they're women.
* SuperBowlSpecial: Advertisements in general tends to fall into broad and sexist stereotypes, but advertisements at the Super Bowl tend to ramp this UpToEleven since the game itself is held up as the pinnacle of Male Culture. [[note]]Women actually make up 40% of the Super Bowl audience - a minority, but a substantial enough one that it doesn't really make sense to gear all the commercials toward sexist men.[[/note]]
* TeacherStudentRomance: A teacher/student love affair is more likely to be portrayed as romantic if it's a female teacher/male student combo rather than the {{gender flip}}ped version. In recent years, news media have been condemning female teacher/male student scandals in response, but the general feeling is that female teacher/male students affairs are nothing harmful, and it addes another Double Standard if the female teacher in question is hot...
* TemporaryLoveInterest: Almost always female, almost always StuffedIntoTheFridge. The few male exceptions are backlashes or subversions.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl and SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: If either character type is presented as being better than the other, it's sexist.
* {{Tsundere}}: Goes both ways. On one hand, a {{Tsundere}} will be hailed and fetishized as a "strong female character" whether she truly is or not and used by the FanDumb to bash other female character types [[RealWomenDontWearDresses seen as "girlier, thus weaker"]]. At the same time, said {{Tsundere}} will almost always be [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized into]] being AxCrazy or [[DoesNotLikeMen misandrist]] towards [[TheUnfairSex her love interest and/or other men]], bringing up how [[DomesticAbuse violence against men coming from women]] is either "justified", "cute", or "for laughs."
* UglyCute: '''MUCH''' more likely a reaction is said ugly person is male. Because ugliness in a woman is just unacceptable.
* {{Unrequited Love| Tropes}}: Not in itself but more often are female characters tarred with unrequited romance than male characters, for it is [[RatedMForManly "manly"]] and normal for men to have [[CelibateHero no romantic]] [[ChasteHero desires]] whatsoever but all women should have feelings for at least one of the male characters.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: A man going there is likely to be clobbered, whereas a woman who goes down the TrouserSpace is at most frowned or yelled at.
* {{Wangst}}: The trope itself is gender neutral, however, you may notice that both in fiction and real life, people are more likely to call "Wangst" on ''men'' than they are for ''women'', although women aren't immune from wangst either.
* WomenAreWiser: In modern domestic comedies and often in other shows, the woman is the more sensible, rational and spiritually inclined character to the oafish, impulsive, shallow man. In general, women are seen to possess automatic moral superiority to men. HighHeelFaceTurn is a related trope in which female antagonists come to their senses and join the good guys and gals more often then male.
* YamatoNadeshiko: If the story makes a point of treating this as the ''only'' ideal behavior for a woman, it's sexist.
* {{Yandere}}: Relates to StalkerWithACrush above, and goes two ways: female Yandere are more common than male ones, but the female ones are less likely to be taken completely seriously, and are more often found in works with a semi-comedic tone, whereas male Yandere are nearly always found in serious drama. It is perhaps interesting to note that according to theory, the {{Yandere}} (or Yanderekko) may have started as a [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] of some of the more stereotypical and impractical aspects of the YamatoNadeshiko archetype (i.e., that women must always put their love first, etc.)
* YaoiFangirl: Media and viewers often depict them as [[{{Squee}} shrill, brainless teenagers]] [[DracoInLeatherPants drooling over the villains]] [[HoYay and seeing subtext where there probably isn't any]]. If said "girls" are actually adult women enjoying man-on-man action, they are seen as utterly abnormal. Guys who think GirlOnGirlIsHot are considered much more "normal," [[AllMenArePerverts though that in itself says something about perceived social norms]].


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* AccentuateTheNegative: Cynicism is seen as "intelligent" or "mature", whereas being positive all the time is seen as "stupid", "immature", or "gay". Negativity is also funny to watch.
* AcceptableTargets: Those that are considered to be an "Acceptable Target" are more vilified if they do something wrong than those that aren't if they do something wrong...even if those that aren't Acceptable Targets [[NotSoDifferent were/are just as bad...if not worse]]. While this definitely applies to Gender roles, it also apply to all sorts of other issues as well such as Race, Religion, Nationality, to even things such as fanbases and more. One could go on forever, but it's best to just check that article and/or this article for examples and explanations.
* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Black people making jokes about white people is acceptable, while white people making jokes about black people is MUCH less acceptable.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: Just about any given die hard fandom of anything are often stereotyped as anti-social losers... unless it involves sports. Creator/TerryPratchett notes that the differences seems to be that (in his example) Trekkies, unlike Manchester United fans, have never trashed a train carriage. He remains puzzled as to why this means that ''they'' are the ones who are deemed to be social outcasts.
* There are some exceptions though, such as those who play fantasy sports, fans of "[[AmericansHateSoccer That Other Football]]" (ex. an American Football fan in Britain or a Soccer fan in America), and teams that have a really long championship drought; such as Chicago Cubs fans, but even they aren't as lambasted as other [[AcceptableHobbyTargets fandoms]].
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Teenagers and Adults who admit to watching animation tend to be looked down upon in society from those that don't. While there are exceptions, animation titles are usually "supposed to be" avoided like the plague.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: It doesn't matter what you do unless it involves established named characters regardless of whether if it actually should or not.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter / GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion and MandatoryMotherhood / ChildHater: You don't like babies and don't want to be a parent? '''[[ThisIsUnforgivable HOW DARE YOU!!]]''' No matter the reasons, [[ButThouMust you are commanded to like children and babies]], ''especially'' if you're a woman and you shall freak out once [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking you approach menopause]] if you're still childless. Else, you're a bad person. [[IncrediblyLamePun Period]].
* ButNotTooGay / GetBackInTheCloset: Gay couples are far less often shown openly displaying their affection than straight couples, and what they ''are'' permitted is immediately judged as inappropriate. In a nutshell: the straight couple can make out all they like and even have sex so long as you don't see ''too'' much onscreen without risking an R rating, while the gay couple, be it male or female, cannot so much as kiss without the film being automatically slapped with a higher rating.
* DubText: While not in nature but there are certain types of Censorship that seem kind of questionable in more ways than one. While this can apply to gender roles such as the infamous censorship regarding [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune's relationship]] it can also apply to non-gender examples as well.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: It's okay to be horrible at math. But if you fail, say, English or history, you'll be labeled as an idiot.
* GreenAesop: This is ''always'' perceived as {{Anvilicious}}. Viewers are also more likely to interpret something as a heavy-handed GreenAesop when it's really an aesop about something entirely different.
* HypocriticalFandom: Fans of certain works or even ''entire genres'' will hate on their opposing work for certain things, whilst ignoring that their ''own'' work of choice has the same stuff. This goes double for Genres and Authors, triple when it overlaps with ItsPopularNowItSucks.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: If half of the examples on that page weren't popular, they would have heaps of praise piled on them.
* JerkassGods: It's widely accepted that classical mythology is ''full'' of gods behaving reprehensibly toward their mortal creations. Just don't call out the gods people ''currently'' believe in for similar (or, in some cases, identical) actions.
* NoTrueScotsman: A fallacy often used by anyone that advocates any Double Standards. When one (or an entire group) hears about a person committing a crime or something wrong, the person will chastise the offender (which is justifiable depending on the situation) and possibly even the offender's entire race, gender, etc. ([[CaptainObvious which is not justified no matter what the situation]]). However if another offender that is in the same race, gender, etc. commits a crime or does something wrong (especially if it's the exact same thing); rather than admit that they are wrong, the person or group will discredit them that "Not a True Scotsman (or whatever race, gender, etc. they are)."
* MegaCorp: Related to HypocriticalFandom above, corporations are perceived differently largely due to how long we've been using their products and what we're ''told'' to think of them by others. In the UsefulNotes/ComputerWars and the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars for example, {{Microsoft}} is the evil empire, and Bill Gates is {{Satan}} incarnate, while other corporations -- Creator/{{Sony}}, Creator/{{Nintendo}}, {{Apple}}, {{Google}} etc. -- can be just as shifty and underhanded in their quest for your money without being subjected to such vehement opposition and criticism.
* On a different note; but still related to MegaCorp, political views of Mega Corporations. Since a lot of people (Primarily right-winged libertarians) seem to think that only governments can screw you over; ignoring of course that {{Mega Corp}}s can screw you over ''just as much'' for yours and other peoples' money if given the shot.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow and WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Interracial relationships are ALWAYS a touchy subject. These ones are no different. The former focuses on White man/Asian Woman, the latter on Black man/White woman. While the former seldom ever raises controversy, it's not the case AT ALL for the latter for reasons we shall not dwell on. And works that focus on the inverted gender versions (ie Asian man/White woman and White man/Black woman) are ''astonishingly'' rare and far between. This tends to be quite prevalent in cultures with a lot of mixed ethnicity, but it can still be prevalent in cultures where only one ethnicity is more dominant, as that minority is seen as "different".
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: Obviously.
* NewMediaAreEvil: If someone does something stupid/rash, blame is often placed on the "New Media" they enjoyed or the new communication method, whereas any mention of how they used any old media (like the telephone) to plot a murder or cyberbully someone into suicide is given a nice HandWave.
* NostalgiaFilter: Any film/song/videogame/etc. made after a certain year is bad. Anything made beforehand is good. Regardless of actual quality.
* OnlyInAmerica[=/=]{{Eagleland}}[=/=]UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism: Nations are often perceived differently based on their cultural and political influence as well as stereotypes often used when it comes to describing that country in the media and by others.
* ScapegoatCreator: Some people are free to be scapegoated for literally ''everything'', however, trying to scapegoat another creator often gets you called out on it.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Richer folk tend to have things easier considering that they have more money to get themselves out of a jam easier than the poor. Of course, there are always exceptions...
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Bad guy {{mooks}} who desert during the fight are usually portrayed in a neutral-to-positive manner, while allies of the protagonist who do the same tend to be portrayed negatively.
* SubbingVersusDubbing: Where to begin? If a change was done from the Manga to the anime, it inevitably gets blamed on the Dub...even if it was there in the original version. If a character is a BrattyHalfPint in the dub, it's clearly the dub's fault (If not, then the voice actor), even they were written that way and were faithfully translated over in the dub. References to western culture or the like is clearly the dub's fault; even if it was in the sub too...
* VocalMinority: The more vocal one side of an issue is the more {{Demonization}} it gets regardless of whether if the [[NotSoDifferent other side can be just as guilty]] if not even more so of things like FanDumb. While this definitely can apply to Gender roles, it can apply to all sorts of other issues as well such as Race, Religion, to even things such as fanbases and more.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: If a show has averted BloodlessCarnage upon Humans it would be deemed FAR too graphically violent to be seen by children. But you can mutilate, smash and slice apart other types of creatures ESPECIALLY robots and that would be just fine though. To be fair creatures that are actual RealLife animals might be exempt but thats not always the case.