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☮ As always with the AVCAD, don’t feel compelled to share beyond your comfort level.
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Today’s suggested discussion topic: Stereotypes.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding women that we know straight up are bunk. That we’re weak and helpless (menstrual cramps can be as painful as a heart attack) that we’re bad at math (we’re harder on ourselves for failing), that we’re bad drivers (statistics say otherwise). But we’re all human beings, and like all humans we’re a mix and no one stereotype describes us all. So how do you fit in to typical female stereotypes? Which ones do you totally shatter? Are there any stereotypes you push back on with friends and family? Any new ones you wish would form?