International Woman's Day might have come and gone but I'm still celebrating. Yes, I’m sure there are some drawbacks, but I can think of at least six very good reasons to like being a woman.
1. Prettify and preen
If we have a massive pimple, we conceal it. If we have mousy hair, we colour it. Late night? Red lipstick to detract attention from dark circles under your eyes. Small eyes/thin lips/no cheek bones can very easily look more attractive with the right tools, the list is endless. Various bottles and tubes feature in our bathroom cabinets to enhance, "prettify" and hide where necessary. And nobody sees any wrong in that.
2. Cool as a refridgerated cucumber
Many a time I have wondered just how much it must suck to go to a wedding/function/dinner or even work, and be required to wear a full suit and tie even though its 37 degrees outside. I remember that my high school blazer was ridiculously hot, and we only had to wear those in winter. Add a tie, shoes, and socks, and my only conclusion is that some of those monkey suits must come with built-in aircons. Us ladies, on the other hand, can wear flimsy strappy (or even strapless) numbers to events, and the best part is we are always allowed to wear some form of a sandals. And if my feet are cool, I’ll be okay.
3. Pass that box of tissues
Chicks are allowed to cry. Whether it’s because you’re missing your mom, lost your keys, or just had a shitty day. Very few people will think less of you. But don’t tell me a man never gets that hopeless i-can’t-take-it-anymore feeling.
4. Traditional roles be gone!
Most of the stereotypes relating to women being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen seem to has eased up thanks to the hard work of our feminist sisters. If you can’t do needlework there's no shame in that. It’s even become acceptable for a woman to say she doesn’t want darling children of her own.
5. We are allowed to see the beauty in fellow-girls
I have a heterosexual female friend that absolutely loves women’s breasts. She thinks they’re amazing, and she’s not afraid to admit it. If she likes yours she will compliment you, and after a few glasses of wine she will motorboat any pair of boobies that belong to a friend. I have yet to see anybody take offence or question her sexual orientation. In fact, judging by the reactions of innocent bystanders, both men and women find her very likeable.
Women will also comment on each other’s tan, haircut, dress and weight, and nobody bats an eyelid. Now if the roles were reversed, and one guy were to compliment another’s well defined biceps, new haircut or radiant skin, for example, I do not forsee a good possible outcome.
6. Sexual revolution
If a man admits to enjoying a blow job or watching porn, people yawn or make jokes about it. If a woman does the same, people sit up and take note. We are encouraged to speak or minds, visit the Sexpo and choose our own porn and sex toys.
“We get better toys, better sex boutiques, better porn (albeit difficult to come by still) and better underwear — what's not to love about being a woman?" asks sex blogger Dorothy Black. "SA might only just be dipping its little toe into sexual liberation, but all the literature, toys and resources are already in place to support the women (and men) who are starting to question what sex, sexuality and sensuality means for them. “
So ease up a little ladies. Given a choice I wouldn’t want things any other way.