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17 Things Toronto Women Need To Stop Feeling Guilty About

If guilt-shaming doesn't already exist, it does now. POOF! As a Toronto woman, you should be ashamed of feeling guilty, especially about the following things...

This list is here to act as a free pass to NOT feel guilty, because you’re not alone. And last time I checked we do what we want anyway, amirite ladies?

1. Having a small dog at Woodbine Beach

Dogs (like people) come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t listen to anyone who calls yours a gerbil. He’s cuter than them anyway.

2. Spending all your (parents') money at Loblaws on Carleton Street

Groceries are a necessity. And so are flowers … and raspberry macarons. They have a cheese wall, okay Mom?

3. Skipping the gym to go to Mildred’s for brunch ... and getting dessert too

Today your workout may consist of lifting your glass up and putting it back down. Everyone knows their eggs benny makes it worth it.

4. Sneering at City Place gym-goers who take the elevator from the gym up or down 2-3 floors

These people just did an “intense” workout, and can’t finish strong with a few flights of stairs? I’m sorry but let’s be consistent people. If you are one of these people, you are being watched.

5. Taking a pole dancing class at Brass Vixens

Um, there should be absolutely no shame in working on your fitness and sexuality in a FUN and safe atmosphere. K?

6. Taking an Uber SUV to go out on King West

First impressions count, and when the driver opens the door for you, who cares if you spent a base of at least $22 to get there. If you can somehow afford it, own it girl! Plus you can fit more friends. Consider it a gift to you and your squad.

7. Accepting a rose/balloon from a guy at a King Street bar who you have no intention in actually talking to

No, this isn't The Bachelor. Yes, you may accept this endearing gift anyway.

8. Being 'Paid To Party'

If you don't know what this means, then move along. If you do, and you do it, don't even think about feeling guilty. You go out to party anyway, so why would you not want to get paid for it? You'll be the one buying bottles someday.

9. Ignoring/yelling at the guy who attempts to hit on you on your walk home from King West

You’re minding your own business walking home with your friends, when out of the blue (with no eye contact made) some guy is like “hey baby, where you going?”

Sorry, sir, are you a burrito? Smokes Poutine? No? Then GTFO of here and leave us alone.

Not sure what they expect us to do anyway. #BYEEE

10. Not holding the door for someone you don't recognize entering your building at 2AM

We have all watched too many Criminal Minds episodes to think this is actually a good idea. Especially when you live in the Jazz on Church and Shuter. Stranger danger.

11. Jumping on the Blue Jays/Raptors/Leafs “bandwagon”

Because does anyone really care? (Hint: the answer is no.) 

It’s called love for your city. Haters need to try it.

12. Stopping to take an Instagram photo of the CN Tower

Please refer to above (#11), referencing love for your city. If someone bumps into you, they should have been paying attention.

13. Crossing the street at Yonge and Dundas (or anywhere) when the hand sign is flashing

Police are cracking down on this one now, but everyone knows that the Yonge/Dundas intersection has that cool diagonal crosswalk thingy that saves you from getting run over every time!

14. Going HAM at Sephora or Mac on Bloor St.

There’s something about Bloor St. that makes you spend all your money. Just make sure it doesn’t really show when it’s all on your face. Less is more. Unless it’s Marc Jacobs. Then more is more.

15. Getting the Hong Kong Waffle at Bang Bang Ice Cream

My god is this thing good, and they pour and press the waffle right in front of you. Everyone is living vicariously through you right now. Own it.

16. Having a mild crush on Norm Kelly

Toronto City Counsellor Norm Kelly is SO hot right now.

Older men are great. Especially with a sense of humour. Especially when they love Drake. Especially when they tweet about PSL. Is Norm married?

17. Needing to get out of the city sometimes

It's okay to need to get out of this wonderful, loud, bright, and smoggy city sometimes. Sometimes you will crave nature far, far away, even though you know you have a stunning cottage-like island just across the water.

Go, be free ... you'll be back

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