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We are in the throes of a cultural awakening. Everyone is becoming keenly aware of the trials and tribulations of our fellow humans. One aspect of life, in particular, that has seen some significant increase in discussion is the plight of the woman. There are just some verifiable truths about how life can be a more arduous journey for the ladies.

Redditor u/WinstonChurchillin wondered what men were willing to admit about life burdens for women by asking... Men of Reddit: What can you acknowledge is harder for women?

The laundry list is long. I for one truly believe no man could ever handle birth. If men had to give birth, there would be none. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Observe...

Around the World...

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Traveling alone. Takes some guts to travel alone as a girl especially in not so developed countries. Women need to be careful and look out for things that we men almost never take even in consideration.

Crazyshark22

Hours of Pain

The risk of dying when having children. Yes I know men can't have children but hear me out. I work in a maternity theatre and see hundreds of births every year. It amazes me the amount of crap and pain and risk that women have to go through to have kids. Seriously, my respect for women has no bounds. I see what they go through during childbirth and I think I could never do that. By the time they get to the emergency theatre they've usually already been struggling to progress for various reasons for HOURS!!.

They arrive tired, scared, upset, worried, bleeding, in extreme pain and feeling a million emotions in between. Add into that that things can take a turn for the worse very quickly and it is quite scary for the theatre staff as well. Ladies of Reddit, just know, if you come into the theatre when I'm on duty, I got your back. I don't think us men appreciate this quite as much as we should do.

OzziesUndies

Creepers

Creepy people following you. My girlfriend walked home from work sometimes. It wasn't far and it was in broad daylight. This guy drove by and asked to give her a ride. She declined said she was almost home. When she got home she told me about it and how he kept driving up and down the street looking at her afterwards.

He followed her into the apartment complex and parked his car to watch her go into the apartment. I was obviously upset. I went out with her so she could point him out but he had left. It was weird. I told her to call me right away if she sees him anywhere near here.

Yanwes

A Deep Cut

My mother told me how my birth went down.

She hadn't dilated enough for me to actually get out all the way, so the doctors suggested breaking my shoulder to allow me through.

Upon hearing that my mother sneered at the doctor who suggested this and said:

"You don't touch my son, cut me open down there if need be but you don't touch my son"

And they sliced her open down there, and you know what the most messed up thing was? She told me she couldn't even feel them cutting her because she was already in so much pain. And this was her 4th time giving birth.

That's when I realized that mothers are just inherently badass in that regard.

MiniTitan1937

After Effects

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UTIs. My wife will occasionally get a UTI after sex and has to suffer the discomfort and the irritation of trying to get a GP appointment (UK) whilst convincing the witch of a GP receptionist that you want an appointment today.

whu1895

All the simple things men take for granted, like just being able to walk down a street. Take note gentlemen reading. If you're not agreeing here then maybe talk to the ladies in your life and read this thread together.

Later in Life

Menopause.

jamtart68

My grandma always jokes that it's 'only' men who go through the stereotypical Mid-life Crisis of randomly changing up their lives, buying cool things, acting differently (etc), because all of the women are too busy over-heating, being hormonal, and having to deal with annoying symptoms at that age to have the time or inclination to have a Crisis.

"Women already have a natural, biological Mid-life Crisis! We don't have time to buy sports cars."

WembleyToast

Big Stuff

Large boobs seem like a curse to me (I wouldn't want to own them if I were a girl but they sure look cool). They can cause back problems and just look unwieldy and the only upside of them making you more attractive to many people is also a major downside when it comes to creeps/unwanted attention.

HearlyHeadlessNick

Now What?

Dealing with unwanted pregnancy.

kenjose

My niece was 29 when she found out she was pregnant. She had been dating her boyfriend for over a year, but they weren't married. They're in a small town in Missouri. She did the good Christian thing and kept the baby. As soon as her boss found out she was pregnant out of wedlock, he fired her.

Of course, her boyfriend didn't get fired for getting a woman pregnant out of wedlock. And when I told my birthed that what her boss did was illegal, he said "Yeah well, we live in Missouri so good luck with that."

Damn_Dog_Inappropes

Just Pain

Periods.

oftenKaku

I try to help men understand what it's like for us, and this is the best I've come up with:

Imagine you have the stomach flu. One of those bad ones with crippling stomach cramps and liquid ass. You're exhausted, you hurt, you generally don't feel good, and your nether regions feel disgustingly in need of a shower.

Now imagine this happens every month. You can't just take 3-7 days off every month at the last second. You have to go to work, pick up the kids, get dinner, etc. The world at large doesn't get that you're miserable, so you just get up and keep going.

Hormones can play a part, but tell me if you'd be a bit freaking cranky having to function on all of the above.

OfficeChairHero

Getting Pretty

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Not for all women, but many take a lot of time to get ready because they feel it's required. Most men brush hair out of the shower and that's it.

MrPurpleHaze

My hat is off to you gals. Life is a minefield for everyone but it's imperative to acknowledge when you have a less dicey route through the debris of it all, while others struggle is far heavy load to bear. Good work here boys. Carry on.

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