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Being a woman

31 Oct

“Being a woman is expensive” that’s the conclusion my 19-year-old cousin got after my friend’s wedding in late October.

The discussion began because he said that he was ready quick and easy: just took a shower, put on his suit and shoes and brush his hair. There, ready.

Meanwhile I had to began preparing the night before, when I put on a couple of face masks and pluck all the undesired body hair (according to this culture and beauty standards). The next day I woke up early, took a shower, put on a nice dress with matching stilettos, go to a hair salon and get a beautiful updo, pretty makeup and finish everything with fine jewelry.

Obviously dress, shoes, hair and party makeup cost and are seldom used (unless all your friends are marrying, which isn’t my case). Also, stilettos are not the most comfortable shoes to dance at a party, updos most of the time are made of hairpins and the head hurts after some hours.

Being a Man

On the other hand, men doesn’t have it that easy either. On our way to the party, my cousin had an argument with another man in the traffic jam and at the party both photographer and waiter asked him to pay for the services. He was my invitee so I paid everything, but still: society expects men pay for most of these things.

What other things am i missing? About being a woman? And being a man?