As far as feminism has come in the last few decades, we've got a long way to go, and examples of behaviors rooted in sexism are still all around us — even within our own relationships. Whether we realize it or not, there are so many ways that antiquated gender norms continue to influence our expectations and behavior in heterosexual relationships. The tricky part? Not all sexism is overt and intentional, and it can be difficult to recognize and then call out sexism that is subtle (and perhaps unintentional), especially when it's coming from someone you care about.
"Even the most well-meaning partner can engage in sexist behaviors in a relationship, regardless of their gender," Demetrius Figueroa, Dating/Relationship Expert and founder of Tao of Indifference, tells Bustle. "What might seem innocent and harmless behavior can be rooted in sexism. I find that subtle sexism can become part of relationships due to either expectations rooted in gender roles, or expectations that come from a place of inequality."
First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge that it's not just women who are the victims of subtle sexism in relationships: there are plenty of ways that gender norms affect how men are treated by their female partners, too. Take, for example, the expectation that men should always pay the tab, or that they shouldn't be as open with their feelings as women are. That being said, there are also a ton of subtle sexist behaviors that women might encounter in a relationship — here are seven examples to watch out for in your own relationship.