17 Things Women Quietly Can’t Stand About Being a Woman

Women face a perpetual reminder of their gender, subject to scrutiny based on their appearance and behavior. An internet survey recently asked, “Women, what do you hate about being a woman?” Here are the 17 best response:

Periods

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“Periods are when I tell my aunt and sister I hate them. They had hysterectomies, and their response is to high-five each other.”

“Men are such whiners when they’re in pain they’d never be able to handle it.”

Being Overlooked or Ignored in A Professional Environment Because I’m a Woman

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“My previous job was in the construction industry and was very male-dominated. I only worked with men in the field, and they would always go to my male coworkers first, who would then direct them back to me.”

If I’m Making Polite Chit Chat, Then I Must Be Flirting

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“It’s very frustrating, especially as a woman in “prime dating years” trying to make friends.”

“Especially when you work in a customer service job. I am being paid to be friendly right now; please don’t read too much into it.”

Walking Alone at Night

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“I’m just expected to spend half of my waking hours – and all of my hours outside of work – inside because some men can’t be dangerous to society.”

“My work schedule changed recently, and I don’t get off until after dark. You know my mother has taken it upon herself to show up in the parking lot of my workplace every night before I get off work to make sure I walk to my car safely because she’s scared of her 30-year-old daughter getting kidnapped? And the one night she couldn’t, she made my dad do it. That’s the reality of the world we women live in.”

Being Physically Weaker than Men

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“I don’t mind this one because I don’t want to do any more heavy lifting than I already do.”

People Assuming that Marriage Is My Primary Goal in Life

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“People think I’m crazy for not wanting to get married. They think a woman’s purpose is to reproduce and be a housewife, and it’s so gross to me.”

Not Being Listened to By Male Colleagues

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“Say something, get ignored, and then a guy will say the same thing, and suddenly it’s a great idea.”

“And not being believed unless a man has said the same thing!”

Being Told that The only Purpose of Women Is to Bear Children

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“Yeah, for some reason, some people just can’t accept or respect the fact not all of us want babies or are meant to be mothers.”

“My partner has a friend that always asks me why I’m not pregnant. He’s also a huge contrarian and annoys just about everyone.”

My Body Doesn’t Truly Belong to Me

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“Doctors decide if our pain is real. The legislature decides if we’re ready to be mothers. Strangers verbally disclose their opinions of our bodies as relevant to our daily activities. Strangers are also more likely to leave us alone if we wear a ring or exist around a man or a group of at least two other women.”

Being Told at 40 You Are Pretty Much Irrelevant  

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“This one hits hard. It’s a lot harder at 45 than at 18. I remember my mom telling me that when I was a teenager.”

“Young women won’t understand this.”

Being Unreasonably Polite

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“It maybe isn’t exclusively a “woman” thing; I just feel like I, as a woman, don’t have the right to be angry about something even when I’m most definitely in the right.”

Feeling Like I’m in A Constant Competition with Other Women

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“Especially in the workplace when higher-ups are men, and it seems they give better opportunities to their favorite women – like I can love my fellow female coworker as a person, but I still have to follow patriarchal rules in ‘competing’ against them if the goal is to have guys’ recommendations on my side.”

Since I’m Making Eye Contact While Having a Conversation, I Must Be Checking out His Muscles

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“And the opposite is seen as shyness when you’re just avoiding them misinterpreting your behavior.”

Having to Sit Down to Pee

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“Guys are so lucky when it comes to public restrooms.”

“The most annoying part about this is that I can’t just pee wherever I want, like guys.”

Crying when I’m Angry

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“It just makes things worse.”

“I can’t help it, which is annoying because I instantly lose everyone’s respect when I start crying.”

My Uterus

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“I’d sell it if I could.”

Having to Wear a Bra

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“I hate wearing my bra so much. But I’ve found some cute-looking ones that make it worth it, so it’s not too bad anymore.”

“I strongly recommend wearing pretty bras. It doesn’t make it more fun to wear a bra, but at least you can look good in the mirror.”

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