We don't get a choice - we are born male or female.
We all have a narrow little view of the world through our own experiences ... experiences that are very much colored by our gender. As I was considering this post, I couldn't help but wonder - if I could choose, would I choose male or female?
When I am faced with a question of "which is better" - like toaster ovens, cars, vacations, computers, etc., I like to revert back to a "Pro vs Con" list. There is nothing on earth that can't be evaluated through the Pro vs Con list.
Growing up female is no exception. So here we go ...
Disclaimer - Disclaimer - Disclaimer
The following list is personal opinion,
not meant to cause friction,
insult a specific gender,
start WW III.
These are causal, off the cuff comments that popped into my brain.
And no comments about my brain either!!
Pros of being female
- Gives birth - to grow a human being inside of you is probably the most wonderous experience in the world. Men can't do that.
- Close female relationships - women usually form female groups - groups that are supportive and personally satisfying. Men usually seek out women for those kinds of groups.
- Women typically develop better coping and time management skills than men - mostly to survive so many conflicting demands of home and work. Men usually let their wives manage that!
- Ok, this one is silly, but .... women can wear men clothes. Men can't wear women's clothes without a lot of raised eyebrows.
Cons of being female
- Giving birth (yes, it is in this list too.) To push that watermellon out of your body hurts like hell! Men won't do that (I can't say I blame them.)
- Women aren't physically as strong. Getting help to open that jar of pickles is more than making the man feel needed. I want the pickles!!!
- Women usually get the lion's share of the work - family, household, professional. Yes, it makes them better time managers, but it also makes them sleep deprived and grumpy. This situation is improving as each generation raises their sons differently, but now ...
- Women are still looking into a "glass ceiling" and experiencing lower pay for the same work as men - at least that continues until the "Great Revolt" takes place.
Seriously, all silly bullet points aside, one is not really better than the other - just different! It is our culture places labels and assigns values.
But I am also glad ... I was born female.