In case you’re a brutally honest lady, then you’ll likely find yourself in slippery waters at some point in your life. Women are usually expected to pander, say sorry or make excuses for their blunt behavior. Women are encouraged to make light of their anger and aggression, and basically play nicey-nice.

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If you’re candid, and never keep your opinions to yourself, this one’s for you.

Check out 16 things brutally honest women know all too well:

The utter relief that comes with telling someone what you really think. It simply cannot be compared with anything else.

What a compliment is actually worth. Not everything is great, and that’s absolutely OK.

Having an extremely narrow set of contexts under which telling a white lie is acceptable. If the lie
gets you out of trouble for something you are totally guilty of, you don’t tell it — even when it would save you a whole lot of trouble.

When you’re so forthright about negative opinions that people assume you’re joking. Hint: You’re not.

Occasionally your comebacks strike a little too deep. Oops.

You certainly cannot stand by quietly while a friend makes a horrible decision.You believe being a good friend is voicing your honest concerns about their choice in a respectful and open way.

Never being able to lick someone’s boots. Ass-kissing makes you queasy.

You are absolutely comfortable showing your displeasure. This is particularly true when you’re talking to Verizon customer service on the phone. (I still want my unlimited data back, Verizon.)

The efficacy of a well-placed “excuse me” instead of “sorry.” Since women apologize far too frequently.

Friends want to hear the cold, hard truth from your mouth when other people are merely telling them what they want to hear. And for the same reason, they sometimes avoid you.

People know your opinions. Whether they asked for them or not.

Your face will spill everything no matter how hard you try to hide something that you want to say. Every. Single. Time.

Letting someone down quietly and softly is an exercise in torture. Particularly in a romantic setting. Is there a clearer way to tell a person you don’t have any chemistry that’s not, “we don’t have any chemistry?” Perhaps not. Blunt is best.

Being vilified using terms like bitch / cold / crazy / mean on a frequent basis.Sigh. Next.

That shattering feeling you get when you find you’ve gone too far. Living a life where you say exactly what you think, will perhaps cause you to hurt someone at some point — and that’s never easy.

You know it that the reason people respect your opinion is, you don’t say things you don’t mean. And that feeling is the best of all.