20 Things Society Looks Down On But Really Should Be Accepted

Why are some things seen as completely acceptable by society while other actions are scrutinized? A recent online survey asked, “What should be normal but demonized by society?” Here are the most popular 20 responses.

Men raising their daughters

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“Men have daughters and should not be scrutinized for taking their daughter out, to medical appointments, taking a toddler to the potty. I understand being cautious, but I am a solo dad, and their mom is not there for my daughters mentally or physically. I get tired of the glares sometimes.”

“I’m a single dad with two daughters aged six and eight. I don’t care what people think when I’m taking my daughters to their swimming or dance class. My girls are my world.”

Work-life balance

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“You don’t wanna put in a ton of overtime each week and barely see friends and family?”

“Has this really been demonized in the past few years? People all over have seemed to rethink this, from what I see anyway.”

Not being busy all the time

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“I like naps and reading.”

“I feel like I’m the only person I know that doesn’t feel guilty just laying around all day and having a nap.”

Not having social media

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“Dude, right? What’s their obsession with Facebook? Why am I the weirdo for not having it? Sorry, I don’t have the desire to plaster my personal business all over the internet so my husband’s great aunt Kathy can gossip about me.”

“I think it’s weird how people put their kid’s entire lives on there. I think it’s weird that adults do it too, but at least they can consent to it. These kids have no say in what’s going to be publicly available for their entire lives. It’s like the Truman Show.”

Letting the natural ecosystem in your yard grow

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“Letting the natural ecosystem in your yard grow instead of forcing a monoculture of perpetually juvenile grasses…”

“I tried to grow a clover lawn for my parents so they wouldn’t need to mow and would have more pollinator activity. Their homeowner’s association got mad at them for the ‘excessive weeds,’ and I ended up having to mulch it all over. Apparently, a dark brown yard is more aesthetically pleasing.”

Being quiet or private in the workplace

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“I had a boss get mad at me because I didn’t strike up personal conversations with him every day.”

“Yeah, it’s a tough thing. I wish it didn’t seem offensive to keep to yourself.”

Not monetizing every aspect of your life

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“The ones that every time you do anything enjoyable, they say ‘you should market this’ or ‘we should make this into a business,’ those people bother me.”

“I pride myself on being bad at my hobbies and good at my job. I don’t have to be Chopin to want to write music or Van Gogh to try painting.”

STD testing

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“I don’t think people demonize std testing itself, but modern hookup culture, which causes you to regularly take tests.”

Sobriety

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“Or even just not drinking by preference. There are too many people who think that not drinking is abnormal.”

“I just tell people I have an allergy to alcohol.”

Workers rights

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“The right to meet collectively with the owners/board and work to improve working conditions and pay rates.”

“My boss can change our (FTE) schedules whenever with little notice. We work 7-3, and numerous times my boss would say that tomorrow we’ll do 8-4 instead. Some states have a required notice time (up to two weeks even), but mine doesn’t have any. I feel like my state has 0 rights for workers.”

Just being friends

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“We’re social animals, but we’re currently plagued with loneliness. Everyone is suspicious, fatigued, or hustling so much they can’t be friends. Just be calm. Give a hug, wave at others, and share a laugh. It’s cool.”

“So much this. Why can’t we just make friends with people anymore?”

Wanting less

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“Not being driven to earn more, have more, buy more, or move up the corporate ladder is tantamount to saying you hate your country.”

“The big thing I learned during quarantine was being content. No cosmetic or shoe stores to constantly haunt? I learned to appreciate what I had more.”

Choosing when you die when you’re old

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“Yes! Thank you! Or in chronic pain, a lifetime of depression, or debilitating illness that leaves you helpless and loss of all dignity…”

“Choosing when you die when you have an incurable, terminal illness and poor quality of life.”

Being chilled about your views

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“Seriously. The most obnoxious thing is someone who disagrees with some dumb opinion of theirs, so they attack you personally, insulting your lifestyle or looks. I’ve had this happen before and have been baffled.”

“James Baldwin said, “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”

Stopping being friends with someone

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“Stop being friends with someone because you outgrew them mentally.”

“This. This. This.”

Disliking children

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“I’m not in any way being unpleasant to them, just preferring child-free restaurants, etc., without being hated on.”

“I love kids and want to have kids on my own, but can people please not bring your baby or toddler to movie theaters? I understand most people can’t afford babysitters or can’t find one on the fly, but it’s extremely difficult to watch Avatar when you’re kid is on their iPad or screaming and crying their lungs out.”

Living off the grid

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“I’ve been heavily debating if I should break away from society sooner rather than later. It’s just getting to be too much.”

“Agree with this one. There are a lot of places in the US where it is illegal to NOT be connected to utilities.”

Not having kids

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“I have absolutely zero interest in that, but at my high school reunion, when people asked me if I had kids, I said nope, and I don’t plan to have any. Everyone got real quiet and stopped talking to me.”

“After having kids, I can totally understand why some people don’t have kids. My sister never wants kids, and I totally support her decision.”

Discussing salary with coworkers.

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“Just discussing salary in general. Even my parents are a little hesitant to tell me when I ask them what a good salary is just because I’m a teenager and I need to start thinking about careers.”

“When I was a General Manager, I made a point of talking about wages freely. Many were shocked.”

Guys dressing femininely

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“I love dressing in frilly clothes and skirts, but my family gives me weird looks from time to time. I don’t get why the fabric is gendered.”

“This This This. I love dressing in a feminine manner, but I never do so around my family or outside of my select circle of people because the social stigma around it makes it a very uncomfortable experience for me in any other context.”

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