I was talking with a female friend online recently. She was bothered by a migraine, and said that she gets them practically every month, like clockwork.
I felt sorry for her, but it started thinking about men and women, and our respective burdens. And I have come to a rather unpleasant conclusion — women have it much easier.
Every month, her hormones run wild and inflict her with migraines, among other troubles. But that’s only a few days. Us guys, we have to deal with hormones and their consequences every day of the week. And testosterone can be a bitch — it started costing me my hair in my 20’s, and it ain’t coming back.
Then there’s the issue of facial hair. For women, it’s easy — if you got it, you get rid of it. If it comes back, you get rid of it again. If you can afford it and really want to, you can remove it permanently. It’s black and white.
For us guys, though, it’s a never-ending struggle, an overwhelming array of options. Clean-shaven? Mustache? Goatee? Beard? And how long? How styled? I once tried a beard; I have these annoying bald spots at the corners of my mouth where the mustache just refuses to connect, and it looked ridiculous. And no woman can possibly understand the humiliation that entails.
Finally, there’s the issue of spare change. It’s heavy. If women carry too much spare change, the worst they suffer is a painful shoulder. When us guys carry too much, we run the risk of our pants falling down.
So yeah, I’m sympathetic to women for their burdens. But every now and then, it’d be nice to get some of that sympathy back.