It said behind great men there is a woman, but saying it reverse is sexist?

So saying behind the success of men there is always a woman is ok but saying behind the success of women is men is offensive?

It's also not true that behind every great men there is a woman. Issac Newton's mother left him when he was a kid, he never married and yet he was one of the greatest Scientists that ever lived, the inventor of Calculus, Newtonian mechanics which are the foundations of simple effects of gravity holding us down to the start of the journey to the space race by overcoming Earth"s gravitational pull. And those were just a few of his countless contributions to physics. Nearly every scientists after him had their works based on his contribution, but he had no women in his life. But people says great men need women in their life, but if the opposite is uttered that great women need men in their lives it's considered sexist. Isn't this double standards?

Note I do support women's rights and they are behind their own success, but saying women are needed for men's success is just as offensive but gets a free pass at this.

Side note IINs 75 character limit is dumb, I love the site no offence, but it just way too short. Any way I know there are too much denialists of such double standards, but it won't change the truth.

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  • Because women were basically men's property throughout most of history and still are in some parts of the world. the saying is just a way of showing appreciation to those who are more often overlooked. to flip the genders would just be redundant and petty

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    • Never blame present generation men for actions of the past generation, and this won't change the fact that men contributed much more to society than women ever did, from papers to the very devices you type on to spaceships.Some women did contribute, like say Ada Augusta, Florence Nightingale, etc, but most discoveries, inventions, etc were men's contribution. It wasn't until WW2 than majority women started entering workforce while men were busy fighting overseas. It is true women lacked the same opportunity as men before the 1940s but that doesn't change the fact that most of what happened before 1940s were the contribution of men, it is a myth that behind every successful man there is a woman, many never had women in their lives like Issac Newton (already mentioned in my original post), the Wright brothers ,(inventors of aeroplanes) and so on whose work were revolutionary and changed the course of history. And never blame present generation men for how women were oppressed in the past. With that said I do strongly support gender equality, may modern women have equal rights and opportunities as men. But never say that either of them were behind each others work, men's individual success is his own achievement and women's individual achievement is her own work. Saying behind every men's success there is a woman is plain double standard myth that should stop. That's all...

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  • In my opinion, the saying itself is wrong. No one should take credit away from anyone, no gender should take credit away from another. While it is true that many men have progressed with the help of women, many women have also progressed with the help of men. If the saying is not sexist in its original form, it is not sexist the other way around. If it is sexist in its original form, then it is sexist both ways. It is as clear as day, there is no need to look for references to the past or anything like that. We are in the present and we struggle to live in the present, so why justify immature and sexist actions by events that happened in the last century?

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  • The only people that call that kind of stuff sexist are low testosterone men or overly emotional females

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    • >men
      >females

      you. you used both in the same sentence…

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      • Ok?

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        • i think it’s strange that you refer to men as men, yet women as females in the same sentence

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          • Isnt it the same thing? Women and females?

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            • women are human females
              female can be used to describe any creature of that sex

              i get that within the context, it’s easy to infer that you mean human females, but i wonder why you say female when referring to women, yet refer to men as men?

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  • Great women do not even exist.

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  • Behind every great man there is a MOTHER.....

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  • It is not sexist in fact behind every successful woman that is in an female lead relationship is a man

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  • I do not like that saying and Ive never heard anybody saying the reverse.

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