“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.” – Whitney Houston
Hello, SOTGC community,
My darling husband recently asked me this question during our nightly check-in: What is the hardest part about being woman?
This query naturally launched my overactive mind into the stratosphere of female thoughts and feelings. I quickly rattled them off: worrying; trying to get everything done; being respected and taken seriously by male lawyers and judges as a legal professional; being respected and taken seriously by anyone as a lawyer-cum-yoga-instructor; worrying; thinking that I should want it all – high-powered career, beautiful home, spouse, multiple children – and execute it all perfectly; knowing that I don’t want it all, but I want a home and a husband; worrying; wishing that being a woman was less emotional and mental.
I paused to breathe. And sigh. And then I asked Husband what he thought that the hardest part about being a woman might be.
His response? “All the grooming. And picking out matching accessories.”
I started laughing, as I am wont to do when I am in his company. The simplicity of his answer reinforced a couple notions that I’ve cultivated in recent years: that good men are often less cluttered and less complicated than good women, and that he is one of the good ones.He showed me in an honest, easy way that the hardest part about being a woman is thinking about being a woman. I think too much. About everything. All the time. As I laughed at my own absurdity, my mind felt free and clear. And, while I rarely admit this, he is right: The grooming is killer.
For you, what is the hardest part about being a woman? Does your answer change when you consider you home life versus work life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.