What do you think is the hardest thing about being a woman?
And what do you think is the best thing about it?
I think the hardest thing for me, as a woman, in my nearly 45 years of professional life and the women's movement has been the endless need to be vigilant and self-protective.
I have trained men who were then promoted over me. I was the first woman on talk radio in my state and the men did not embrace me (especially when my ratings topped theirs.) I was the head of RI Planned Parenthood for a decade, and its top lobbyist in my state legislature: representing the abortion issue is never easy and you are always battling men who will never be pregnant so they can never understand women's choices at a gut level.
So I learned never to totally let my guard down. The fact that after so many years in the women's movement I am still writing about the need for women to be treated with respect and equality is, frankly, exhausting and a bit discouraging. But I do it for my daughter and granddaughter that they may never have to toil in the same vineyards I have.
My answer would be the constant pressure that society places on us to be skinny, fit, and beautiful. I have struggled with this my entire life and will continue to do so for my lifetime. It's frustrating that society as a whole has made no progress whatsoever to remedy this concern.
The best thing about it for me is the ability to stand back and watch women become powerful and respected all over the world. There's nothing quite like saying, "Way to go, sisters!" when something really special is accomplished
For me it is that remaining part of the older generation who still believe women belong in the kitchen, mouth-closed, feet bare. On rare occasion I come across those kinds of people and I literally want to toss 'em.
It enrages me to think those antiquated ideas still exist.
the hardest thing about being a woman, the montly curse....it can be so annoying.....................and if you allowed it to stop for nine month, more problems....
I would say the hardest thing for me is trying to understand men, and why so many of them take us for granted so much. Especially during times when they are needed the most, like during pregnancy.
The best thing would be not being the man that takes women for granted, because then we'd be in the doghouse all the time, not them.
For me the hardest part about being a woman is the pressure to have a career and be more then "just a mom and wife." I have a huge respect for those mothers and wives that are in the work force and I believe a woman can do anything they set there minds to...However I also feel that it is ok to be "just a mom and wife" if that is what you choose to be.
However it feels like society puts pressure on everyone to conform to the "norm" so maybe the hardest thing about being a person is trying to conform to societies ideals.
I think it is claiming a higher position in society, to establish yourself in a male-dominated social order, where women on higher managerial and government positions are considered a taboo. For instance, a woman director or president. It is not that there aren't capable women for these positions, not at all. It is about that men's ego cannot allow women on these positions. And this is still very much the case even in the so called "advanced societies"
i think the hardest thing about being a woman is always proving yourself. most of the time being looked upon as weaker vessel by the self declared superior men. even if we do better than men at work there is always someone giving you a grin and saying oh you used your charms to get things done!
Hardest?...the pressure society places on us to 'remain' young and beautiful.
Best?... giving birth to a life aka our creativity.... our feminity.... and the [potential] power we yield over men
Getting your period and having boob for sure. Men just stare and it gets sooooo annoying!
lables you have to be perfect perfect size perfect look perfect in bed its very diffuclt
I'm not a woman, but you all complain about how your bra is uncomfortable. So.........my guess is wearing a bra.
For the most part I've had a ball being a woman and have never, ever envied men; they have their own problems.
But now I am 62 I am having difficulty accepting getting old. Not because I have to wear comfy shoes and bigger clothing, not because I'm grey haired and have wrinkles but because I know my life is limited.
Even if I live another 20 years it will not be long enough ... and I am aware of it ...
Being of this gender, I'd have to say that emotions are felt more intensely that perhaps our male counterparts may admit to.
However, we have a higher tolerance to pain.
I would agree that it's harder for us to accept aging since modern society places such value on the hot twenty-somethings. Even when you know you are fabulous, it's still hard to look in the mirror sometimes. And regarding FWB, we have a harder time keeping emotions out of it. Generally speaking, of course.
conveying to our own that "thank god I'm a woman not a man" !!!
The hardest part about being a woman is being more vulnerable to crime, and not being strong or fast enough to do certain physical activities. Also, before menopause, I had HORRIBLE cramps. Thank God for menopause - I'm lovin' it!
The best part about being a woman is that I'm less likely to be falsely accused of a crime.
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