It’s pretty much ingrained in us from the beginning that the world we live in is a man’s world and in many, many ways, a lot of things are just easier for them. So then, what things are easier for us women to do?
One anonymous user on Reddit decided to turn the tables around and posed this question to the community, and it was a fascinating glimpse at how—both good and bad—some things are just naturally easier for women.
First Things First
Time and time again we’ve heard the trope of how if you’re a man, there’s a long list of things that are just easier for you to do. From being able to pee anywhere, walking around by yourself without fear, not worrying about doing hair or makeup, and skipping the trauma of pregnancy and childbirth—well, you get the picture.
But one anonymous Reddit user decided to pose the question and asked Reddit, “What is easier to do if you’re a woman?”
The top comment involved sexual arousal and how as women, we don’t have to worry about how to hide the fact that we’re turned on (thank you, internal sex organs!).
Ladies never have to worry about their flagpole suddenly being raised out in public, especially at inopportune moments, and that is something we’re definitely thankful for.
The Hips Don’t Lie
If there’s a car full of groceries needing to be unpacked, having to make multiple trips is quitter talk, but it can be difficult to carry everything at once. But as a woman, using your hips and boobs make for great shelving and storage facilities.
“I heft a laundry basket up onto my hip and there’s some immediate connection with my inner 60yo babushka ancestress carrying an 80lb bag of horse feed.” —MaritMonkey / Reddit
Confusingly Labeled Hygienic Products
Ladies, take a trip to your local grocery store and into the hygienic products aisle. From shampoos, body washes, and deodorant, we have ample products to choose from in every scent imaginable. For men’s products, however, these scents are…less obvious.
“Small thing but telling what a lotion/deodorant/body wash/shampoo smells like by the label. Women’s is just labeled like vanilla or lavender but men’s get dumb names like wolf hawk or champion.” —WeavBOS / Reddit
Another example suggested by users involved the simple act of physical touch, and how as a man, there’s a stigma surrounding physical affection being seen as unmanly. From hugs to napping together or stroking one’s hair, women can be platonically affectionate with others.
“Straight facts, [but the] last time I had a hug was a few years ago.” —BobTheCircleGuy / Reddit
Who’s Your Daddy
Even though pregnancy and childbirth are seen as one of the biggest traumas a woman can experience, there’s never any doubt that her children are biologically hers.
For men, however, the issue of paternity can be problematic, and nothing short of a DNA test can conclusively prove who the father is.
Another example is the ability for women to wear the clothing of another gender without judgment, such as button-down shirts, boxers, or ties.
“It’s hard challenging those sorts of norms and the way women had to fight to wear trousers feels similar to the way men now have to fight to wear skirts. I know a few guys who wear skirts sometimes and I think it looks great, hopefully in a few years’ time this will be even less of an issue.” —Total-Willow5165 / Reddit
No Pain, No Gain
“I’m not afraid of getting accidentally hit in my private parts. It can hurt, but not nearly as much as mens I believe.” —Revolutionary_Two_11 / Reddit
One thing women don’t have to worry about is the pain associated with accidentally being hit in the family jewels. But sorry, guys; regarding that age-old question, giving birth is definitely more painful than a kick in the nuts.
Working In A Restaurant
“I’m a male server and I can confirm. The other women who serve at my job make double or sometimes triple my tips. Those ladies get single 100 dollar tips regularly, which I’ve never gotten.” —DerrickDoom / Reddit
While attractive women can make more tips while working at a restaurant, they’re also subjected to more abuse, such as unwanted sexual advances. So in this case, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Being Around Children
It’s no surprise that women are typically seen as a child’s primary caregiver, and often, women assume the roles of a stay-at-home parent, a teacher, or a babysitter. But unfortunately, the case isn’t as simple with men.
“[I work in early childhood education, and] the fact that people see ‘Adult man…interacting with children???’ and assume I’m a violent predator honestly hurts a lot.” —CaucasianDelegation / Reddit
No parent likes to be saddled with diaper duty, but if nature calls and we’re out in public, it’s almost a guarantee that women’s bathrooms will include a changing table for our babies. Dads however aren’t afforded this same luxury.
While some men’s washrooms are beginning to make this transition to being more inclusive, it’s something a lot of users want to see changed.
People either love online dating or they hate it, and when it comes to finding true love, the gods of love are definitely on the woman’s side.
“I made a fake female account in my small town with some friends, that were women. Immediately had dozens of matches. The profile picture was of a dog. The fake account was flooded with messages from dudes. While my actual account as a male never saw a single match.” —ToohotmaGandhi / Reddit
Everyone loves a good compliment, and whether it’s from a friend or a stranger (drunk girls in a nightclub bathroom, am I right, ladies?), it can brighten up a person’s day. While women are accustomed to receiving compliments, it’s something men wish they were on the receiving end of more.
“Yeah, I got complimented once on my necklace by a female employee in a store, made my day and I still remember it. Which is kinda sad tbh, but not getting any compliments for years will do that to ya.” —JesseZSlayers / Reddit
“Most women ARE the primary caregivers and a judge won’t change that status quo unless there’s a reason.” —apollo22519 / Reddit
There are fewer things as ugly as a divorce, and when children are involved, a father often has a difficult time receiving custody, even if he is a willing and supportive parent, and this is something numerous Reddit users learned the hard way.
Gaps In Healthcare
It’s no surprise that when it comes to women’s health, our concerns about pain can be overlooked by medical professionals. While men don’t endure this level of dismissal, they do face another obstacle. Even though destigmatizing mental health is happening, many men are afraid to reach out for help.
“As a man, you basically have no emotional support system. If you express discomfort, depression, sadness, anxiety, or loneliness, every single person in your environment will be weirded out with you.” —zyygh / Reddit
When it comes to mental health, we know that it’s often more difficult for men to reach out, and when it comes to situations where men are victimized, they’re often conditioned to “be a man,” thus perpetuating the cycle of silence.
“There are numerous videos where actors [have] shown women hitting men in public and at best no one helps, some will even laugh. Switch the roles and everyone comes running to help a [woman] being physically abused by a man.” —Takataz / Reddit
Women are often criticized as being “too emotional,” but for many users, that level of self-awareness and being able to freely express themselves is a positive.
“In most instances I’ve personally as a man found women to be more self-aware and have a greater understanding of their emotions and how to identify their feelings.” —braindead83 / Reddit
All We Want Is Pringles
As a man, you’re often the default for when a tight lid on a jar of pickles needs opening. Unfortunately for you, however, those strong hands are a bit of a pitfall when it comes to reaching inside a narrow object to grab something. The most notable example?
“Getting their hand into a Pringle can.” —bigblueberryboobies / Reddit
Why Hello There, Officer
“Getting out of getting a ticket. I’m a cry baby. It doesn’t work well on guys.” —EllieIsDone / Reddit
We women have mastered the old razzle-dazzle and know how to work our feminine charms to get what we want. Sadly, guys aren’t as lucky. Maybe try batting your eyelashes more?
An interesting example suggested by users involves one’s ability to perceive color. In fact, color blindness affects 1 in 200 women, but a staggering 1 in 12 men.
“Women’s eyes allow them to identify much more color than men’s, which I think is why my granma always say my grandpa’s painting is off-color, but he doesn’t realize. It is really fascinating as my grandpa is an art university professor who paints for a living and my grandma doesn’t draw nor paint.” —Spiritual_Prior_8215 / Reddit