The discussion was hosted on online forum Reddit after one user posed the question:
“Women of Reddit: What’s the hardest thing about being a women, that you would like men to know?”
It’s not easy being seen as the lesser sex.
"Being polite to douchebags as a survival tool."
"My ex-boyfriend used to give me shit about trying to find the closest possible parking spot to the bar when we'd go out and I knew I'd be leaving by myself."
"I would say being conditioned to constantly be on the lookout for danger. It doesn't matter if it's one PM or one AM, it becomes second nature to always know who is walking behind you. You're constantly on the lookout for potential rapists and attackers, always watching who handles your drink. It's exhausting and frustrating to grow up being told you can't do certain things at certain times of day because you have a vagina so it just isn't safe."
There are a lot of things we aren't told about motherhood until we're in it. Post continues...
"The expectation that I, as a mother, have a greater parental responsibility."
"Well, I just gave birth this past Tuesday, so I'll say that was pretty hard/painful."
"Breastfeeding sucks. It forces us to be the default parent at all times. Imagine a tiny little leech that scratches and bites your nether regions. Plus we're forced to change our lives to encompass a tiny humans schedule. Just once I'd like to stay up past eight or not have to give up three hours of good sleep because the baby will expect a midnight snack right at 12. I'd also love a nice hard drink or to partake in more than one cup of coffee. Not to mention it kills our sex drive by literally drying up everything. Then there's the itchiness as they fill back up and God forbid mastitis which feels like someone lit a basketball on fire and then threw it at your chest repeatedly."
"Honestly, I would say that it isn't being taken seriously. If I look at males in my field, it appears that they have to work a lot less at managing perceptions."