10 Common Personal Questions Directed at Women, Often Overlooked for Men

Krystal Smith

Women frequently encounter exasperating personal inquiries that are seldom posed to men. These 10 questions perpetuate stereotypes, whether addressing new mothers, women participating in TV interviews, or dating.

When Are You Having Children?

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Whether women are married or not, they are constantly asked when they will have children. In breaking news, not all women want to have children, and often, those who do struggle to get pregnant. Not only is this a rude question, but it is also an insensitive one that would never be pointed in the direction of men. If women choose to have children, the quizzing does not end there; the question then turns, “When are you having more children?”

Do You Regret Having A Career and No Children?

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Once a woman is past child-bearing age, the question changes from “When are you having children ?” to “Do you regret not having children?”. Once again, it may come as a shock, but some women, like men, want a strong career, and children are not a factor in their lives. Proposing that someone has regrets is very presumptuous and, quite frankly, none of your business.

Are All of Your Children From The Same Father?

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We are open-mouthed just at the thought of someone asking this offensive question. Think about a man being asked this question, and the chances are the image would not cross your mind, as it just wouldn’t happen.

Is Your Husband Babysitting?

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Moms do not ‘babysit’ their children; they take care of them all day, every day. If a man is left alone with his children, then he too is not ‘babysitting’. Just as asking if they are babysitting their children would offend a woman, so would asking if their husband is babysitting.

Are you on Your Period?

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We know that not everyone has periods. Still, we are annoyed that any sign of a woman becoming emotional or standing up for herself in a more assertive tone is asked if she is menstruating. If a woman is facing some emotional difficulties during her period, she is perfectly entitled to do so without her actions being questioned.

Do You Live Alone?

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We cannot think of another reason why a person would ask a woman this question other than wanting to hit on her or scare the wits out of her. All this question does is raise a red flag and give women a reason to suspect that you may not be who you say you are.

Have you Put on Weight?

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More people should remember the phrase, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” It seems some people got the memo about men but feel it is still okay to say this about women who may appear to look a little different than they did five years ago!

Why Don’t You Smile More

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If one phrase infuriates women more than any other, it is “just smile.” Women do not owe it to men to smile at them, and we doubt a man would receive this question very well. Usually, if a man asks you this question, it will be because he or people like him have made her feel this way.

Did You Ask Your Husband for Permission?

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Excuse me, did you say that? Newsflash: This is 2024, and women do not need permission from their husbands or any other man to do something they want. Say, “Did you ask your wife for permission?” out loud and see how that feels to you.

Is Your Husband Home?

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“Is your husband home?” This question is usually asked when a workman knocks at the door asking if you want odd jobs done or if there is essential ‘man business’ to discuss. We hate to break it to you, men, but women can also purchase plumbing services and say yes to investing in new DIY tools. If you are reading this list, our advice would be to take note of what questions not to ask a woman next time she is in your company.

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