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    • Laurie Stone

      Corinne, I think there are times when women must be emotionally stronger, especially if children are involved. Although many men have a toughness and aggressiveness we don’t have, women have endurance which is also strength.

    • Laurie Stone

      So true, Carla. I think being a man would be hard. And I agree, women have wonderful, deep connections with each other.

  1. Carrying a baby: definitely.

    Clothes: I think men got it right with the uniform suits for work. Little to think about, everything matches, and no one notices if you wore the same thing twice in the same week.

    I’d like to be a man for a day for one reason only. No man will answer my question: What happens to all the dangly bits when you run? (Seems to me there’d be a lot of chaffing a pinching going on.)

    • Laurie Stone

      Adela, Laughing out loud. Yes, being a man for a day would definitely be an eye-opener! We could finally solve some ahem, anatomical riddles.

    • Laurie Stone

      I’m past that stage, Brenda, but can’t say I miss it. There are definitely un-fun parts of being a woman. No doubt.

    • Laurie Stone

      I agree, Haralee, although the standing pee thing is a definite plus. Strange, for even though in many ways men are more privileged, I would still stay a female.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carla, I wouldn’t either. I feel its definitely a man’s world, especially as women grow older. But there’s a certain beauty in being female I would never trade.

  2. My husband frequently jokes (sort of) that he’s coming back as a woman. He likes the ease of our friendships, our freedom to wear things that are verboten to straight men, our ability to be emotional without being judged (in most situations anyway), and how we are so much more in touch with our emotions. I give him a lot of credit for recognizing (and appreciating) all that!

    • Laurie Stone

      Definitely Roxanne. Your husband sounds like a smart man. For all the perks of being a man, there are definite pluses to being female.

  3. I agree with Haralee….the only time I have ever think it would be nice to have a penis is when I am about to wet my pants during intermission of a play or show. The line for the ladies bathroom is usually so huge that it is trailing down the stairs and women are lined up along the corridor of the venue — I glance over and see no line in the men’s room and that is when I have penis envy. But it only lasts for a short time. I totally love your list! I love being a woman, too. I feel best that I was born into the body I feel comfortable in. I feel if someone doesn’t feel comfortable in the body that they were born in, they should be able to live in the body they want to. Whatever, that means for them.

    • Laurie Stone

      Totally agree, Ellen. I think it takes tremendous courage to change genders. No one does that lightly. I also will admit to penis envy with any public bathroom. Why don’t women get two bathrooms? We need them.

  4. I leapt on this one because this past weekend more than ever I have wondered if my life wouldn’t be just a little easier if I were a man.
    Getting heard getting paid… All of it. But you’re right 🙂 I, too, will remain a woman.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carla, There are definite perks being born in a male body. Still, I like going through life as a female. Go figure.

  5. A great list of reasons, and I agree with all of them, Laurie! And I echo what others have said about feeling grateful to have been born into the body I’m meant to inhabit!

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, I can’t imagine being born in the wrong body. It takes great courage to change. I doubt anyone would willingly choose that route in life. I hope society stays open to these brave people.

  6. Love this…and I agree, I have never wanted to be a man. I loved being a girl and I love being a woman…and I heartily agree with the way you and your girlfriends keep each oath going…I don’t know what I would do without mine…

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, So agree about girlfriends. I think its special to be a woman. We have a tougher time physically (childbirth, etc.), but there’s something beautiful about being in a female body.

  7. Hey Laurie,

    I love your analogies! Given the chance to be a man on a daily basis, I think I would pass. I do enjoy being a woman except for when that monster of a monthly visitor comes along and some of these perimenopause symptoms. There are also some times when I had my own penis to play with. I envy how many can walk around and adjust their junk in public with little to no repercussions. However, let a woman adjust her bra and all hell is breaking out. 🙂

    Great post to make you wonder……. what if?

    B

    • Laurie Stone

      Bren, It is a funny thought to think. What if we happened to be born a man? I’m very happy to be in a female body, even though it comes with its disadvantages.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sue, I hope our society stays tolerant to transgender people. Its a strange climate in the US. I pray for tolerance.

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