I recently read in a magazine an interview of Salma Hayek, gushing about her newborn. She had however those words toward her bundle of joy: “I wanted to have a boy. I’m happy to have a girl, but I have the sense it’s easier for men on this planet than for women”.
Is it really difficult to be a woman?
Well, yes and no, it’s a question of point of view. I often hear women complaining about how difficult it is to be like that because of their looks. “Men don’t have to spend hours in the bathroom to look human. They just shave, wash, and that’s it, they’re ready. When I wake up in the morning, I realise I have a lot of work to do to eliminate any mark of sleep off my face, and if I have a pimple, my day is simply ruined” O., 31, said. “Men don’t have to spend a lot to look good. We do. They don’t need to have handbags, shoes, accessories to match their clothes. They don’t need to go often to the hairdresser, nor the beautician because they can let their hair grow, they won’t look like a monster”P.,35, said. “Men don’t need to put make up and to check it everytime. They can rub their eyes if they want and then not look like a raccoon“ P., 34, said. “They can pee everywhere”,U.,31, said.
Women also complains about their conditions when it comes to work, because this is where disparities are the most obvious. Unfortunately, for the same job, we’re still often paid less than a man, maybe because we don’t have the guts to ask for a pay rise. And also, our family duties often put a strain on our career.
Finally, there are also disparities in the cruising part, but here, I don’t know in which camp it is better to sit. “I prefer to be a woman just because I can get invited in a restaurant without being considered as a boor or stingy“P., 24, said. “I do believe it’s easier for a woman because I am the one who gets asked out, I don’t think I would ask out a man” Y., 35, said. “I don’t know, I have the impression that men get less harassed than women” L., 36, said.
So, do you think it’s difficult to be a woman? And do you think it’s difficult to be a man?