Men and women tend to experience the world differently, and some differences are more obvious than others. So when user WF6i took to the internet and asked Reddit, “What would you say are the biggest advantages of being male?” it got people talking.
Male users got candid with their answers and shared the things they’re grateful to have or have never had to worry about. Some women then joined in the discussion and said that this time, the grass is definitely greener on the other side.
Your Time Of The Month
“Not having periods. I can’t even imagine how much that must suck.” —waaful
“For me it’s the massive hormone shift that makes me feel extremely depressed and lethargic. Also accidentally getting blood on your underwear.” —HedgehogFarts
Bring The Pain
As if bleeding for several days at a time once a month wasn’t bad enough, there’s also the issue of menstrual cramps.
“My friend has crippling cramps that make her cry. It’s meant to feel like a heart attack. Heart attack level pain every month? Yikes. Plus, some girls can pass out n stuff from the pain. Medical professionals refuse to do anything too because it’s a ‘natural pain’ whatever that means.” —Longjumping-Box5365
“Pockets of reasonable size on every piece of clothing. I can carry anything I can think of while keeping my hands free!” —Bull749
Nothing infuriates women quite like tiny, useless pockets on our clothing (and don’t even get me started on faux pockets). One user suggested it’s simply a cash grab to sell women’s purses and this is one conspiracy theory I can actually get behind.
Short Restroom Lineups
You drank one beer too many and are now awkwardly running with a full bladder to the bathroom during a concert, sporting event, or at the amusement park. But nothing fills a woman up with dread quite like seeing the lineup stretch far outside the bathroom.
Male users say the short bathroom lineups are definitely a huge benefit.
Not Wearing Bras
They’re uncomfortable, they’re restricting, and they can be quite expensive. No, I’m not talking about your ex, but women’s bras.
One user joked that he doesn’t have to wear a bra, but he could if he wanted to. (Trust me, dude, you don’t want to.)
Pregnancy And Childbirth
If there’s one thing men are eternally grateful for, it’s that they don’t have the bear the burdens of childbirth. Still, that doesn’t stop them from admiring what women go through.
“Not having to carry a pregnancy and give birth. It really does take a toll on your body. Yes, it’s beautiful and miraculous and whatnot, but it’s exhausting just to watch. And the birth? My goodness, I couldn’t bring myself to stare directly at the sun. Y’all are tough.”—okthenamechecksout
The Joys Of Standing
“We can pee standing up.” —Lancestorm03
Can you whip it out on the side of the road? A random bush or farmers’ field? A plastic bottle? Check, check, and check. But when you’re a woman, this ease of bladder relief is a bit more time-consuming and complicated. That being said, at least we can actually aim for the toilet.
When you’re a woman and a man is overly nice to you, such as showering you in compliments or buying drinks at a bar, you might experience a pang of self-doubt and wonder if his friendliness is truly genuine. But for guys, it’s quite the opposite.
“If someone is friendly, I don’t have to second guess that they might be trying to [screw] me.” —crudminer
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful
Another thing men are grateful for and see as an advantage is they get to rock the face and body nature gave them with ease. Why? There’s no pressure to wear makeup, style one’s hair, or wear the most stylish clothes.
“A lower level of maintenance, on average, required to be considered possibly attractive to the opposite sex.” —bigun68
Another thing men viewed as an advantage was their strength. If there’s a heavy item that needs lifting or a tight lid on a jar that just won’t budge, men like being the go-to person to fix these problems. And most of the time, it’s an ego boost.
“The stress of having a woman give you a test of strength can make miracles happen lol.” —BloodyExile
Constantly On Alert
“I remember shortly after first being married and my wife asking me to come with her to get gas at night. At first I was like, ‘aw, that’s sweet, you want some company while you go put gas in your car?’ And she was like, ‘uhhhh no, I don’t want to feel afraid that someone is going to attack me while I go put gas in the car.’”
“It was really eye-opening for me as a man.” —adamislolz
“Not having to prove my credibility. The [stuff] my wife has [to] deal with at her job makes my blood pressure go through the roof.” —DCstroller
“I noticed women on my team (all of them are objectively smarter than I am) really have to make a strong case for their ideas [to] be accepted at brainstorming/advisory meetings. If I just put my news anchor/confident voice on, people just accept [stuff] that I say.” —Chucknastical
When a man gets older, society views him as full of wisdom or maybe even a silver fox. As a woman, however, it’s the complete opposite. Many men pointed out that women are not allowed to age gracefully like they are, and try as you may, it’s always a losing battle.
“Women aren’t even allowed to age; everything since the minute a girl hits puberty is ‘how to look better.’” —Throwaway7894325103
Going Out Alone At Night
Another advantage for men is going outside alone, especially at night, without the slightest fear.
“I can’t count the number of times some woman I work with has hesitantly asked me to walk her to her car after work at night. The first couple of times I was dumb enough to think they were hitting on me. No, they’re just scared to go out alone at night, something I don’t think twice about doing.” —DanTheTerrible
“Traveling the world is a lot safer as a guy….” —porksymkp
Not only is walking alone outside safer for a guy but traveling the world as a man is much safer too. This is another advantage men noticed, and the disparity of experiences between male and female travelers when abroad is stark.
When it comes to women’s hygiene products, there is an endless bounty to choose from. An aisle full of choices can be quite daunting, but for men, some pointed out that the lack of choices makes the shopping experience much more pleasant.
“You can get the all-in-one shampoo, conditioner, body wash, exfoliant, deodorant, toothpaste, aftershave, floor wax, engine degreaser, dessert topping sunscreen.” —RoboNinjaPirate
Being Taken Seriously
One thing men are grateful for is that whether they’re dealing with a car dealership, a realtor, or a home hardware store, they’re always taken seriously.
“[It] pisses me off when I have to get on the phone when the dealer is trying feed my wife some [crap] when she has to take the car in. I am like ‘No, we are not going to pay $100 to change out the cabin air filter because the car has 30,000 miles. This specific car doesn’t have a cabin air filter you lying sack of [crap].’” —rcuadro
An Empty Social Calendar
For adult women, our schedules can be an endless list of excursions. But guys say they’re grateful to not have this level of social commitment.
“No wedding or baby showers. No bridesmaids’ dresses. Women have a ridiculous amount of social expectations that they have to live up to. One slip up and you may make an enemy for life. To the outside observer, it seems like a never-ending stream of forced uncomfortable events, perceived guilt, and passive-aggressive comments.” —foldingthetesseract
Validated Medical Concerns
“Going to a [doctor] & telling them I am in pain & they listen & don’t blow me off telling me it’s all in my head.” —bigmam666
“THIS. i don’t think a lot of men understand how much different seeing doctors is for women and how often we are told it is just anxiety.” —bisexualpenguin18
Confident And Assertive
Men who are confident are seen as attractive, and in the workforce, it’s seen as an admirable trait. But for women who exhibit this same level of confidence, they’re viewed in a far less flattering light.
“I can tell people what to do and I’m ‘assertive.’ I’ve seen women [do] the same thing and instead of assertive they get called ‘bossy’ or [worse].” —GDmisfits