If I Could Be A Man For A Day

Would I look something like this?
Would I look something like this?

This request intrigued me.  It was something different; something that really made me think.  If I could be a man for a day, what would I do? I had to give this a lot of thought. Do I get to choose who I am, or am I just a random guy, who kind of looks like me, just manly? So many questions and thoughts ran through my head. I had to take a break before I wrote this, to gather my thoughts together.

The woman inside staring at the reflection of the man.
The woman inside staring at the reflection of the man.
I would stand in front of that mirror for a while.  I am sure of this!
I would stand in front of that mirror for a while. I am sure of this!

After Much Thought

Allright, I am back. I have given this a lot of thought. There, of course, would be a long session of examining, and hopefully admiring, my temporary new body in the mirror. I imagine I would look a little like myself. My eye color would be the same, maybe my hair is darker. I think I would look a little like my brother. I have no idea what he looks like naked, so this is all just a guess. I am in decent shape now, so I don't see how that would change much.  I can't imagine going from the fit, curves-in-the-right-places woman that I am now, to an over-weight, out of shape man, but who knows... Breasts have slimmed down to nice pectorals, hips have slimmed a little, as well. Overall, I am happy with the way I look. Now I had better get dressed! I am generally a casual girl, so as a guy, I would probably dress maybe in a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, whatever.  Casual and comfortable.

Now that I have given myself a thorough once-over, and have managed to dress myself. What exactly would I do?  Hmmm....

Set myself down on a park bench and people watch.
Set myself down on a park bench and people watch.
What would I see??
What would I see??

A Woman's Mind in a Man's Body

 I have often wondered what life is like on the other side of the gender gap.  I have often been told by many of my male friends that I think more like a guy than any woman they have met.  I don't know if this is a good thing or not.  Coming from a guy, I would assume that it is a compliment.  I think this mindset would make me uniquely suited to being in the body of a man, just for one day, of course.  I love being a woman, and would never change it for anything in the world. 

I think, for starters, I would venture out into the world, and just wander around.  I love to simply walk about and people watch.  Sometimes I will head to a park, sit on a bench with my book, and pretend to read.  Instead of absorbing myself in the book, I observe the world around me.  It's so much easier to watch people when they think that you aren't watching them.  It's nothing creepy, I just feel I can better understand the world around me by watching and observing the people who surround me every day.

I want to see the sort of reactions I get in this alien body.  How do people perceive me?  Am I noticed, or am I just a face in the crowd?  I would carry about my normal activities as someone else.  The ultimate disguise.  How does the lady at the grocery store react to this man before her?  How different is it from the way she reacts to the real me? 

I am fascinated by human behavior and social interactions.  I know how I see things when I am a woman, and I see how I am looked at.  I am rarely taken seriously, I am often confronted with rudeness, disgust and all manners of attitudes.  How would life be different if I had been born a man?  These things intrigue me.  I thirst for knowledge, I hunger for it.  What better way to understand men, than to be one, just for a day?

Maybe I could rob a bank
Maybe I could rob a bank

Thank You, Cris A, for letting me know about this!

A Little Deception?

I know that if I were given this ability to be a man for a day, I could certainly use it to my advantage. But, there is a certain point where it can be taken too far. I could easily imagine myself using this manly form to gain certain information, and who knows what else, that would otherwise be off limits for me.

I could gain the confidence of my own boyfriend, and find out what secrets lie there. That may take longer than a day, but I can imagine the information that could be gathered, even in that short amount of time. I could even make specific problems in my life go away, permanently. Money issues gone, my brother-in-law, taken care of. How can the police find a bank robber, if by the next day, he doesn't even exist anymore? I would never do these things, but when you let your mind wander, the possibilities are endless, and all sorts of nefarious behavior and ideas have a tendency to creep in.


What is sex like for the man?
What is sex like for the man?
What is he thinking right now?
What is he thinking right now?
How does that feel?
How does that feel?

The Matter of Sex

Admit it, men and women alike have all wondered, at some point, what sex is like for the other person involved. If you are gay or lesbian, of course, this is an easier thing to figure out. If you are straight, however, it's a much more difficult puzzle to solve. What does sex feel like for a man? I have no idea, and when I ask my male friends, or my lovers, I get a generalized answer. "It feels really good!" Well, OK. It feels really good for me, too. But what does it feel like? What goes through your head? What does your body feel?

I won't go into a great deal of detail, here. Adult content, and all. I just wonder what that is like from the other side of things. I think, if I had the chance to be a guy for a day, that is one thing I would definitely explore. And, after reading Pest's hub on Self-love (which sadly, is no more), I may just have to explore that, as well. Thank you in advance, Pest, for the useful tips!

After that rather full, and exciting day as a man, I am sure I will be more than ready to crawl into bed, and wake up, refreshed, in the morning, once again the woman I love being. Men, I love you!!! All of you, but you can't beat being a woman!!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This is an interesting read - well, after all it has a very interesting premise to begin with. I guess we are not meant to know how it is on the other side of the fence, otherwise, what mystery is left? It's the secondguessing that makes it exciting. thanks for sharing. Btw, this reminds me of the Beyonce song - If I were a boy :D


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

Cris, Thank you. I suppose that you are right, but it was a lot of fun imagining what it might be like. I am not familiar with that Beyonce song. I should go check it out...maybe I can add it to the page???


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

Thank you so much!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Interesting I certainly would not want to be a man at any cost as I love being a woman however you wrote a great article and transitioned yourself into another character which was very impressive. It takes a strong woman to write about being a man for a day. :)

CrisA: I love that song and my husband is a big R.KELLY fan have you heard him sing that part?


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

For real? No I haven't heard it. I like R Kelly you should def share Julianna! Or where can I find it at least. Thanks! :D


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

AEvans, thank you! It was a little difficult at first. I had to stop writing, turn off the computer and really think about it. I don't think I could even be a man for longer than a day, I agree. I love being a woman! That song is great!!

Thank you again, Cris!!!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hello Shady Lady! Interesting premise, and interesting take on it! I'm of a mind to answer the same request, after having read your article :-) It's just, the "one day" limit makes me go hmmm ahhhh... you did great on that front :-)


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

Elena, have fun with it!!! I look forward to reading your take on the subject!!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Nice Shady Lady. :) People watching is entertaining and enlightening. I've spent a great deal of time doing that as well. I like all of your ideas about what you would do if you were a man for a day, but there's one extra one I would have to do...pee in the snow and write my name. :)


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

Very nice. Especially the reference Pest's Hub. :D I am flattered. This is taking people watching to new heights. ....hmmmm what would I do if I were a woma....be back in a few hours! ;)


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Great Hub. very thoughtful and good philosophy too. You got the people watching bit right but men love to look at beautiful women but prhaps you would need to be a man for longer than a day for that.


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trish1048 7 years ago

If I were a man, the first thing I'd do when I got home from work is walk in the door, say hi honey, I'm home, ask what's for dinner, grab a beer, suck it down, let out a loud belch then head to my recliner, grab the remote, and sit back in my recliner and watch sports :)


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

Interesting hub! The thing I enjoy about being a man is the abillity to compartmentalize things. I can pour myself fully into the tasks that sit before me without a bunch of other things floating around in my mind. I've heard that women are always thinking about stressful things all day long. That would drive me crazy :)


jjrubio 7 years ago

Very interesting hub! and I think everyone woman wonders how a man feels doing certain things....and they do just give the same lame answer "it feels good"!! =)

Anyhow- I understand exactly what you mean. being a woman is the best!!!


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Uriel 7 years ago from Lebanon

This is really interesting :P i really enjoyed the section in which you said you'd probably take a simple walk or sit on a bench trying to absorb yourself thoughts and other things, i would do that... It was a great deal to go through your hub.

thanks for your thoughts :D Uriel


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ParadigmShift... 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

Genious!! Very intriguing! I was wondering when someone might answer this request. I was actually very surprised (and dissapointed) that no one had up until this point, so thank you!

I love that you took the time to think about and probably visualize everything before you wrote this hub. It shows in the writing. I almost wish I had given you a week! But alas, you would not survive! The female mind could not last a week in the male body! (Think spontaneous combustion) Great hub!


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

Pam, Thank you! I had thought about the writing my name in the snow thing. Decided against it, I hate the cold!!

Pest, you inspired me, what can I say? Thank you!

sixtyorso, I don't need to be a man to admire a beautiful woman! ;)

trish, it seems as if you have had some experience dealing with a man like that, and look forward to an opportunity to turn the tables.

Benji, I guess that is one of the things my male friends were talking about. I tend not to over-stress myself, and can take myself out of a situation mentally, and only think about what I need to focus on.

jjrubio, I guess it's one of those things that is difficult to describe in a way the other person would understand.

Uriel, I am glad you found this interesting. Thank you for stopping by!!

Paradigm, Thank you so much!! I was searching for ideas, stumbled on the request section, and browsed through. I saw this, and that little light bulb lit up above my head. I had to do it!! I don't think I could handle being a man for a week, and I don't want to risk spontaneous combustion, so maybe it's a good thing that you only gave me a day!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I've often wondered what it would be like if I could be a man for one day....wait...did I say that out loud????  S**t! 

But seriously folks, excellent and fascinating writing.  And intriguing to contemplate too, for either sex.  And it made me weep too.  When you talked about your breasts turning into pecs and your hips thinning, I cried like a baby.   Love that Beyonce' song, also (except for when she's whining about how mean we are.)  I don't know if anyone has said it yet, but I like you as a woman.  And what if you became a man for one day and got stuck?  That would suck...for all of us!

Really nice work here, Shady.  I love it, I love it, I love it!


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

I am flattered! Thank you so much!! Though, I am sorry that my writing brought you to tears.

I don't know what I would do if I were stuck as a man. I like me as a woman, too.


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THE LIP 7 years ago from PLANET EARTH-SOMEWHERE IN ASIA

Very Very Interesting.But just lemme tell you that if you were actually to be man for a day hope it is not after being a woman else you'll want the day to get over in a jiffy.No matter what men would like to brainwash themselves with the fact of the matter is that they can never really be even a patch on a complete Woman coz they're so full of themselves even before they know the meaning of an ego or false attitude.

Look at a boy grow and a girl grow in the same family and you'll know what I mean.No matter how talented the girl maybe she will be treated as NRI (Not Required Individual) by her own family so why would the world not treat her like dirt? In fact that cud be the reason why women who cannot break out of the cocoon actually feel uncomfortable and uneasy if they are not treated the way they grew up. On the other hand boys no matter how stupid or lousy they maybe are actually treated like royalty..no wonder they require the same pampering for the rest of their life be it from their girlfriends, wives or even daughters and if they don't get it they turn purple with rage.

So until this discrimination is not done away not just in letter but also in spirit I guess Women may be far more superior than Men but they shall be made to believe that they are second class Citizens...!!!


The lip 7 years ago

Hello Dear,

Thanks for being a fan of mine.Hope you'll have the time to go through some of my hubs and leave ur valuable and genuine comments.Shall look forward to that!!


Rainbow Brite 7 years ago

I noticed this request a while back, and I considered answering it, but I thought I had an unfair advantage...I look quite masculine to start with, so when I cut my hair, it's fairly easy to pass myself off as male. I have done it several times, and I have even played men on stage. Maybe I will reconsider writing that hub, since there seems to be so much interest in it...Obviously I don't have the anatomical experience, that part would still be speculation, but in terms of how people respond to you and all, that part's easy....I will think on it.

Meanwhile, your voice is very unique (a bit shy but quite unique, which is excellent), and you appear to be doing remarkably well for being so new around here, so congrats!


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suppee 7 years ago from Cheshire, England

Great! look forward to reading more of your great content!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Hi shady it wasn't so much the admiring as the perving bit LOL


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

The Lip, Thank you for you comments. You had some interesting things to say. I don't know if I entirely agree with you. I was raised with brothers, and I was treated very well. I received praise when I deserved it, and in turn, punishment when I had fallen short. I do agree that there is a standard set out by society where men are placed in higher esteem than women, and it is worse in many areas around the world than it is here in the U.S.

Rainbow Brite, I love you name, first off! I look forward to reading your take when you do get around to writing it. I would imagine that being able to pass yourself off as a guy would make this an interesting thing for you to write about. From your avatar, I could never imagine anyone mistaking you for a guy!

suppee, thank you!

sixtyorso, I understand what you meant.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Very interesting point here as I have wondered the same thing many a time. However no offence guys, but I would never want to be a guy.

I love being a woman. I just love all the feminine beautiful clothes a woman can wear. I think it would be pretty darn hard to pose as a male, the adam's apple gives it away straight away lol.I would love to get in their head though, love to see what goes on in there


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Some are gentle, some are kind, some act like they don't have a mind.

Men are simply people too with all the goodness, badness and flaws that go along with being human. Products of our environment. Nuture or nature being some of the determining factors.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Haha sixtyorso now they are also starting to sound like women now too lol.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

yes there are some meterosexuals out there too!


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

blondepoet, it would be great to know what is going on in men's heads sometimes, wouldn't it?

sixtyorso, great little bit of poetry there, and so true! Men are people too, but most men that I know think so differently. It would be great to understand their thought process.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh yes I would just love to get in there.We need that guy from that movie "Honey Who Shrunk THe Kids" to zap us Shady and we could perhaps enter through the ear cavity lool.Float on our little raft til we get zapped every 2min when they get a brain wave haha


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

I am more of a flat liner...no waves here.  you would die on the plain of ooze that are my thoughts!  Orrrrrr you could by the vodka and eventually I will tell you everything you want to know!


Rainbow Brite 7 years ago

Shady - thanks, I got that name because I used to dye my hair black, red, purple, green, and blue all at the same time. I have one other hub in the works, then I'll start on this one. Yeah, that avatar pic is me, just kinda dolled up there. Passing for a guy is simple for me - no makeup, hair short, no bra, guys clothes, drop the voice an octave or two and *poof* insta-dude! For a performance I once wore false facial hair...I don't recommend it, it's quite itchy!

Pest - I gotta bottle of Skyy...so spill your guts lolz


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

blondepoet, I can just picture that! You and me in a raft, floating around in the empty abyss that is a man's mind. I kid, of course! We would have to navigate carefully, or we might be lost forever.

Pest, somehow, I doubt that! Your Hub on self-love, may it rest in peace, showed that you have a flair for words, and that you are smart, though you try not to be. As for vodka, I think I can take care of that. How's Grey Goose sound?

Rainbow Brite, I love that! I could never dye my hair like that. It's too dark, and I would hate to have to bleach it to get the color to show. A friend of mine used to do crazy fun stuff like that to her hair, and I was jealous! I can imagine that the false facial hair would be itchy. I wore a wig last year for Halloween, and that itched like crazy!! I had forgotten to put the little nylon cap on my head first. I ended up ditching it halfway through the night.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Not so sure that the vodka would help. Keep reading the hubs especially Pest, Christophe Reilly, Goldentoad, Shadesbreath, AG Vulpes, BT evilpants, Chris-a, Constant Walker, Just Rodney amongst others and you may get an inkling of what goes on in the male brain. Oops methinks I have said too much!

"Skulks away meekly - grinning an evil grin behind his hand"


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AmbassadorOfTruth 7 years ago from Portland Oregon

Ok so I don't think you really described your day though. I mean you gave us a great philosphical perspective of what you might think as a man and a few things you might consider doing if you had the power... but I was hoping you would use your imagine and give us a narrative play by play of what an actual day would look like for you. I challenge you and all the ladies who read this: DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MAN WOULD LOOK LIKE.

Example: My pillow feels scratchy, oh wait what the hell?!? I stare at myself in the mirror in shock! What the hell is that on my face, black heads, ewww, no wait that is a 5 o'clock shaddow! I need a serious wax job. What the heck is that?!? My beautiful breasts have been replace by a hairy chest! But hey look I got some muscles! Damn boy look at your abs! Oh hey what is this down there? WOW! I gotta go jump in the shower and shave my legs... I mean face. Maybe my back too while I am at it. Wait how does one shave their own back? What ever at least this should be fun, or so I heard.


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

sixty, thank you for the advice, and the list of great Hubbers to start reading. I have read a few, and am already a big fan!!

AOT, So, you were hoping for a little more detail, a little more play by play? I am sorry that you were disappointed. I think I can beef this up a little more. I will have to give it some thought.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Grins....cool hub! :)


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there Author

Thank you much, Tom! Love to make people smile!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

A very interesting and enjoyable hub!


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lauralolita 6 years ago from Florida

Interesting perspective!


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Shady Lady 6 years ago from here and there Author

Bard, That is a great compliment coming from you! Thank you!

lauralolita, I answered the request because I thought it was a very interesting question. Someone actually put thought into a request.


matt 4 years ago

I think it's funny how much thought was poured into this. I think if the table was turned the man would just play with himself (herself) all day.


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Shady Lady 3 years ago from here and there Author

matt--You are undoubtedly right on that one. Thus the difference between women and men.

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