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10 Things You'll Understand If You're A Woman

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I'm a woman of the desert. 
But above all, I'm a woman.
-Paulo Coelho



10 Things You'll Understand If You're A Woman



1. That awkward, somehow painful stage of physical transformation from a girl to a grown woman.

Not to mention dealing with people taunting you for your "change".



2. Vulnerability

No matter how brave your heart is as a woman, your physical strength is no match to that of men's. You seem to be an easy target for assault and crimes. A woman is like a walking sexual object that could get attacked anytime. Just going out the door makes you feel vulnerable.



3. Dealing with the annoying and scary catcalling.

Sometimes catcalling can be easily ignored and seems harmless. But it can also get abusive, offensive and scary.

Catcalling is not really about how you look or how skimpy your dress is. It's simply because you're a woman. 

You could be all wrapped up and still be called names or get hit on.



4. The pain of menstrual cramps, pain and discomfort of pregnancy, labor pain or actual birth-giving.

The excruciating pain is simply incomparable and inexplicable.

And let's not forget that giving birth is life-threatening. There's a 50/50 chance that a mother will not survive.



5. The difficult, crazy, irritating, and depressing hormonal change. 

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is a bitch.
And from what I've heard, so is menopausal.

Heard how serious postpartum depression could get?

Even women don't fully comprehend it. They just feel the swing of emotions.

There's also this weird craving for something so badly, often during the middle of the night but not knowing what that something is. You just know your hormones are telling you you need to get it or else...



6. The uncanny intuition of a woman

It's been planted in every woman's DNA to sense danger fast for her to protect her child. It comes in handy for other instances too. *wink*




7. Stereotyping and labels.

If a man dates around, he's cool, he's suave. He's being a man.
If a woman dates random guys, she's a slut.

If a man stays single, he becomes an eligible bachelor and everybody's after him. Everyone's interested to know if he'll stay single or settle down. Everybody's excited to know who he'll choose in the end.

If a woman is still single in her 30's, she's doomed to become a lonely, desperate spinster for the rest of her life. People pity her or mock her.

Where a man is called driven and assertive, a woman is too ambitious and bossy. Tweet
Where a man is applauded for speaking his mind, a woman is called a bitch and a know-it-all.



8. Gender discrimination.

Even in our progressive society, some women are still being paid less than their male counterparts.



9. The joy, beauty and wonder of carrying and bringing out into the world a miracle that is a child.

From conception to child birth, a woman's body does not stop creating another human in her womb. The baby grows inside every single day!

According to studies, residual fetal cells stay in the mother's body after giving birth. So her children will always be a part of her. Literally.



10. The unique qualities only a real woman is privileged to possess.

Like these 20 Things Women Do More And Better Than Men.




All these beautiful and not so pleasing things a woman goes through and possess are exactly what makes her what she is.

Being a woman is more than what meets the eye. It's more than physical.

To become a woman, you need something more than a make over or a transplant.
It's never enough to wear make up and dress up.

You'll never know or understand what being a woman really is, unless you were born as one.


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  1. I kept myself from commenting about the whole Bruce/Caitlyn thing for these months because I try to do what the most the world should do and ignore anyone associated with the Kardashian clan. But I am more sympathetic to the transgender community. Though Jenner will obviously be left in some social limbo of gender status because this happened at age 65, not in early childhood or teenage years.

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    1. Spot on! Totally spot on! Im a guy but this speaks so much about women. This will definitely help us understand what makes women special.

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    2. wow .<3
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  2. Love the way you write!! Interesting post :)

    Keep in touch
    Ritcha
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  3. The facts that you have mentioned about a woman that goes through is highly appreciable! It's definitely not easy to be a women!
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  4. You are soooooo right! Couldn't say it better - you need to be born a woman in order to be one... I hate that double-standard society we live in! A man can do any stupid thing and he is cool, but if woman does anything like that, depending on a aituation - she's either a slut, a bad mother or an irresponsible creature...


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  5. Great job with this, and I agree, Lux. I understand the new show is a flop and he/she is depressed about it. I understand the concept of the transformation, but really....lots more things to be concerned about in life.

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  6. Could not agree more, well-written!

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  7. I don't care about Bruce or Caitlyn. Not one bit. None of my business and being called a hero is over the top. Not a hero.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  8. I do respect Caitlyn Jenner, but check mark on every item that you've raised :)

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  9. I do not care one whit about Caitlyn Jenner. However I feel that you are being unfair about some of your points. 1) Boys growing up to be men go through physical changes that they are taunted for too. Not to mention that crackling voice that some experience. 2) It is deemed perfectly acceptable for women to treat men as sex objects. Even men think it's funny. 3) Studies show that a female's lower body strength is greater than a male's. Also men often feel they have to show emotional strength even as they want to crumple. 4) There are certain biological functions men will not experience. I give you that one. 5) Men have those hormonal swings too. Everyone does. Just as it is with women they experience varying degrees. 6) Many men know when their children need help. It is called being a parent. Women's intuition is in many cases simply paying attention. 7) The examples you give to prove your point are nothing but stereotypes of both men and women. 8) Gender discrimination works both ways. I have often been paid less than my male counterpoints and I object to that. At the same time I have seen men passed by for opportunities that were given to women simply to fill quotas. 9) Again I give you this one. But if a man is a caring father he can feel love for his child too. 10) I do not understand what number 10 means so I will not speak to this one. As the mother of three sons I felt it necessary to show that men are people too. If a man feels he is a woman in a male body who am I to choose for him?

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  10. I really like how you approached this topic and I fully support everything you've written.

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  11. I truly understand you, i guess, this also be said to all gays in general, like, yeah, we respect them and accept them as they are, but our genders are unique and no way possible that any science can make us feel the natural emotions of who we are as individuals.

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  12. I do respect Bruce/Caitlyn for who he is, i don't really have issues about him, but what you point out here are true.

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  13. From what I've heard from males transgendered to female, it's mainly the estradiol suppliments that affect disposition and take getting used to. Females have roughly four times the emotional range of men, which means we only know what women are feeling 25% of the time. I imagine it's quite a revelation and anyone who undertakes the transition must be highly motivated. I have to admire that kind of bravery.

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  14. Summed up beautifully! Thank you.

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  15. Excellent points ... I don't judge her that's not for me to do but I agree as a woman she can never biologically go through certain experiences that we do. ..great post!

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  16. nice post!!!
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  17. Honestly, I would have a LOT more respect for Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner if she'd never been associated with that Kardashian mess. Anything connected to that group of attention hounds automatically loses respect in my mind.

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  18. Thought-provoking post.
    Hugs Lux

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  19. Great post, Luxe. I didn't know about #9 ... that explains a lot.

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    1. As you say, she is still a man. She never endures the long process to be a woman.

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  20. Nobody can measure the level of indifference I have for Caitlyn. But transgender women, and the rest of us to be quite honest, have to be content with what we are. Transgender women won't experience a lot of the things women go through. But that shouldn't keep them from knowing who they really are and what makes them happy.

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  21. I agree completely. No matter how much she/he may try and no matter how many surgeries and hormone shots -- Caitlyn won't be a real woman -- for all the reasons you posted above and probably many more. I have a friend going through this and not matter how much that person ends up looking female -- not really. There are just things they can never experience or understand.

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  22. Great blog!
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  23. Well said, Lux! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you my friend :)

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  24. An eye opening post. You provided ideas I had not considered previously. I'm still more focused on gaining universal rights and liberties with a particular bias toward an unfettered future for my daughters.

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  25. I haven't heard about all of this social buzz, but I guess there are certain things about being a woman - about being us - that one can't experience from the change happening later down in life or even at all. I liked seeing this post as a collection of all things that make us womanly - the struggles, the good things. I am sure men have theirs too, but they are different!

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  26. This was so interesting! Thanks for this post :)

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  27. Great writing and on point.

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  28. I agree with you 100 percent. He can't really know the challenges women face. He is caught up in a fairytale. I agree it is brave to stand up for what you believe in. I feel he really cares about transgender issues of which I can't relate. I pray for him that he finds Jesus if he has not already given his life to Him. Thanks for sharing this thought provoking article.

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  29. Completely agree with your reasons!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
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  30. Good statements, Lux. Only one thing I didn't agree with and that was respecting him as a man. I feel he has brought the role of both men and women into disrespect and has not acted as a man should.

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  31. I couldn't agree more, but I respect him as a person and all the transgender.

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  32. I'm not anti-gay or anti-LGBT but aside to your list, people like Caitlyn Jenner will never be a woman because simply he was born naturally with a penis and a scrotum. It's hard to understand LGBT with a single viewpoint. One must be open minded and, of course, a lot of understanding why they shift their gender.

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  33. I love being a woman and am sad that he didn't love being the super star Olympian that he was.

    thanks for this
    Marie
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  34. "You'll never know or understand what being a woman really is, unless you were born as one." Word, Sister! Some people think just bec they feel they are women they completely understand what it really is like.

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  35. Yes, she may never be a real woman according to your list. But who are we to judge? As long as she is happy with her decision and she doesn't hurt anyone, then I'm all for welcoming her in the sisterhood. :)

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  36. So who's Caitlyn Jenner? I don't watch tv at all. He's a he right, so I don't think I'll refer to him as a she or her.

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  37. And this is why i'm in a love hate relationship sometimes. LOL

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  38. I like you, have never watched one show of this infamous family and all their affairs. I have ZERO interest in any of them. I love how you approached this, Lux. You are so right! Although he seems to have his own 'woman issues'- he will clearly not have the ones you mention here-

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  39. Spot on. I totally agree with you. I don't care about his own thing, it's none of my business but I will never consider him as a woman. Never!

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  40. Be sure you are eating a balanced good diet, and getting exercise. . . this will help the mood swings and PMS etc. You know cola and soda drinks are bad for you, and they hurt your emotions too. Lastly, be sure to read your Bible every day at least one chapter. Taking a time out to pray and be in God's presence will also help your body, soul and spirit. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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