23 Things Women Secretly Can’t Stand About Being a Woman

While being a woman comes with many joys and rewards, it also has its challenges. A recent internet survey asked, “women, what do you hate about being a woman?”

From societal expectations to physical discomforts, we’ve listed the 23 top answers for you below.

Pressure To Be a Great Home Maker

Pressure To Be a Great Home Maker
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“You’re expected to do 80% of the house chores even if you work full time.”

“And men have the right to say “we’re nagging” when we are only trying to get them to their part of the share.”

Being Told To Smile 

Being Told To Smile 
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“I’m expected to be cheery and social 24/7, especially at work.”

Being Seen as Less Capable as Men

Being Seen as Less Capable as Men
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“My previous job was in the construction industry and very male-dominated. I pretty much only worked with men who were actually out in the field, and they would always go to my male coworkers first, who would then direct back them back me.”

“Being a young woman, I hate how people treat me like a child, especially at work. My managers, customers, and coworkers talk to me much differently than male coworkers of the same age and position as me. ”

The Assumption That if I’m Making Polite Chitchat Then I Must be Flirting

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“Since I’m making eye contact while having a conversation, I must be checking out his muscles.”

“This one!! It’s very frustrating, especially as a woman in “prime dating years” trying to make friends.”

“Yes! And sometimes I muddle up words and nervous laugh with certain intimidating people (hooray for anxiety). I’ve been accused of flirting with inappropriate people.”

Inconsistent Clothing Sizes

Inconsistent Clothing Sizes
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“I could be a size 12 in one store and size 14 in another, or size small and size large.”

Being Physically Weaker Than Men

Being Physically Weaker Than Men
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“I always look at tall men and feel so much envy because they can just tower over everyone. They’ve never had to feel like a chihuahua before.”

Don’t Feel Safe Walking Alone at Night

Don't Feel Safe Walking Alone at Night
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“My mother has taken it upon herself to show up in the parking lot of my workplace every night right before I get off work to make sure I walk to my car safely because she’s scared of her 30-year-old daughter getting kidnapped. And the one night she couldn’t, she made my dad do it. That’s the reality of the world we women live in.”

Periods

Periods
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“Someone, please take these periods away.”

“At times, I just think about getting a hysterectomy.”

And why can’t men have babies? Why do we get all the painful stuff?

Assume We Are Good at Cleaning and Cooking

Assume We Are Good at Cleaning and Cooking
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“My dad cooked for our family my whole life. Cooking isn’t something for women or men. It’s something you need to be independent of, nothing to do with gender.”

Have Little Control About Pregnancy

Have Little Control About Pregnancy
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“It can happen by accident. It can happen even when you try everything to prevent it. And for some people, it doesn’t happen even when you try everything to make it happen! Infuriating!”

Assuming That Marriage and Children are My Primary Goals in Life

Assuming That Marriage and Children are My Primary Goals in Life
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“People think I’m crazy for not wanting kids, not marriage. They think a woman’s purpose is to reproduce and be a housewife and it’s so gross to me.”

Being Initially Judged by My Looks and Appearance as Opposed to My Personality and Skills

Being Initially Judged by My Looks and Appearance as Opposed to My Personality and Skills
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“The way some men choose to interact with us because we are women. The countless rude comments, looks, objectification, and denial of their part of it.”

The Assumption That I Can’t Control My Emotions

The Assumption That I Can't Control My Emotions
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“being considered the illogical/emotional sex means men often dismiss our legitimate concerns as irrational.”

Being Catcalled

Being Catcalled
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“Finally flipped this morning after months of catcalling from builders. Went and spoke to the foreman, who laughed in my face. I am not a dog. Don’t whistle or woof at me.”

“Men catcalling or making gross comments when I’m just trying to go about my business.”

Not Being Listened to by Male Colleagues

Not Being Listened to by Male Colleagues
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“Yup, this a million times! So frustrating! And not being believed unless a man has said the same thing!”

“I utterly LOATHE when I’m not taken seriously or dismissed because I’m a woman.”

Being Less or More Valuable Based on How Much I Weigh

Being Less or More Valuable Based on How Much I Weigh
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“Pressure to look young and attractive.”

My Body Doesn’t Truly Belong to Me

My Body Doesn't Truly Belong to Me
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“Doctors decide if our pain is real. Legislature decides if we’re ready to be mothers. Strangers verbally disclose their opinions of our bodies as if it’s relevant to our daily activities.”

“Strangers are also more likely to leave us alone if we’re wearing a ring or if we exist around a man or a group of at least two other women.”

 Assumption That We’re Nurturing 

 Assumption That We're Nurturing 
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“I don’t like the assumption that we’re nurturing and want to listen to other people’s problems.”

“Some of us just can’t be bothered to be a therapist when we have money to make and stuff to do. Somehow being exhausted translates to being standoffish.”

Always Having to Be Polite

Always Having to Be Polite
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“It maybe isn’t exclusively a “woman” thing, I just feel like I as a woman don’t have the right to be angry about something even when I’m most definitely in the right.”

“anger isn’t an uncontrolled emotion when MEN do it. Only Women are “Too emotional” when they get mad.”

Being Sexualized at an Early Age

Being Sexualized at an Early Age
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“Growing up and viewing myself through the male gaze and having to unlearn that.”

Beauty Standards

Beauty Standards
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“Our beauty rituals are so time-consuming, and society is so unforgiving of us if we don’t conform.”

“The need to feel so perfect and pretty all the time is exhausting.”

“Many, many things, but at the moment, the one that’s irking me is people assuming I’m deathly ill if I take a day off from wearing makeup.”

 Judged for Everything You Do

 Judged for Everything You Do
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“Want to prioritize a career? Then you don’t care about your kids, or you’re not fulfilling your duties as a woman.”

“Want to be a stay-at-home mom? You’re lazy and a gold digger.”

“Don’t want kids? You’re selfish.”

Traveling Alone

Traveling Alone
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“I have a lot of rules that I follow that I think a male traveler wouldn’t think twice about (like one rule is not to arrive in a city in the evening).”

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