If I could trade places for one week, one day even, with anyone, I would trade places with a man.
Except maybe a black man, because, well, you know, times are a bit tough for the black man today. And yesterday. And tomorrow. Especially tomorrow, with the mostest mediocre white-ish orangeman of all deciding what’s what, and which lives matter.
But if I could be a man for just one week, any mediocre, middle-aged white man, man-oh-man, the fruits of our testosterone laden society would rain down upon me and I would dance in the streets.
The benefits of being a mediocre white man
I would get my shirts drycleaned for $1.49, because, despite my insistence the shirt is really a man’s, the clerk mansplains to me again and again: “As I told you before lady, not my decision. The form isn’t made for a blouse. This is a blouse. A lady’s blouse. This is $4.99.”
I would apply for jobs and – gasp – get paid for services rendered. All the monies for all the services. Not all the services for some of the money.
I would apply for jobs not qualified for and get pissed I wasn’t considered, blaming it on the hiring manager instead of my own inequities.
I would submit writing to publications far outside my reach and follow-up relentlessly for a publication date, and if rejected, mansplain the editor on why she’s made a yuge mistake. Bigly.
I would attend parent-teacher conferences under a barrage of praise and gratitude from teachers and administrators, thanking me profusely for taking time from my very busy schedule to come all the way to school. Sure, I would look at my wife with apologetic eyes, but I would love every minute of the undeserved accolades, after said wife reminded me which kid was in which class, and who these people were sitting in tiny desks and tiny chairs.
Household chores magically appear done
Groceries would magically appear in the fridge, pantry, and toilet paper on the roll, soap in the shower, Bounce sheets on the dryer – without the pesky middleman – yes, man – of Costco, the grocery store, Duane Read, CVS, or Walgreens.
If I were a man, my receding hairline and thickening middle and saggy breasts would be splattered on small screens, big screens, and multiplexes nationwide, instead of being shelved for a younger, firmer version of who I used to be.
If I could be a man for one week, I could stink-eye a coach at a kid’s sports game over a bad play and get the reassuring male-head-nod about a call gone wrong, instead of the creepy – ew, did he just do that? – wink like I’m a swinger and was eyeballing his obvious above-average athletic prowess.
Acceptable bodily functions: boys only
If I were a man, I could burp loudly, fart proudly, scratch my nuts, and snore and drool with no ridicule, no laugh track necessary. It wouldn’t be funny. It would just be.
If I were a man, I could believe in Santa. Magically gifts would appear as if by elves – male no less – on Christmas Eve, and as the man of the house, I would magically place them under the tree and admire a job well done.
“Well, that was easy! Let’s go to bed.”
I want to say that.
If I were a man, tampons would stay forever in suitcases of vacations long forgotten, ne’er to be touched because, well ew. I would abhor all things vaginal, except for, of course, vaginas.
Feminine care would be “not my job.” Unless of course, forced into action, I would don a cape and super hero bravado and come to the rescue, then remind her, over and over again for years, of that one time.
Women’s healthcare, however, would be my job, and only my job, to decide what is right, wrong, legal, illegal for women, because they, of course, cannot make such bigly decisions without me.
If I were a man, maybe the future of media would look like me:
The future of media looks like this.
Proud to be part of this team. @CaseyNeistat @Bourdain @jaketapper @wkamaubell and @CNN chief Zucker pic.twitter.com/B7enhLXqYd
— Josiah Daniel Ryan (@JosiahRyan) March 1, 2017
If I were a man, there would be shorter lines to pee and I could do so without precariously balancing above the public petri dish, my quads screaming in pain, purse looped around neck, swinging, swinging, neck arching upward to keep it just above the piss laden floor.
If I were a man, I could sneeze and laugh without fear.
Work with confidence and security and creativity and be paid for doing so.
Not wonder why my co-star/partner/lover was far younger than my daughter.
Take my kids to the park/show/game/store/pediatrician and be told what an extraordinary man I was for doing so. Taking time outta my very busy day for such mundane task as caring for my very own children. Even though it’s the very same job women do every day, but nobody, anywhere, noticed.
Ahh, if I could only be a mediocre white man. For a day. Just one.
I’ve only found one instance when it is better to be a women – when you need a cystoscopy. Seriously. Both my husband and I have had to have one. It’s totally different for women! I had the last laugh – for about 5 minutes. Then, back to reality.
Good to know, good to know!
I couldn’t decide whether to laugh (at how hilarious this was) or cry (at the sad truth of it) so I might have done a little of both. 🙂 Well said!
Laugh thru the tears! Gotta find the funny, otherwise i’d never get outta bed (she typed from bed).
What Pam said. Well done.
You got me at the Christmas scenario. I’ll never forget the year we sat at Christmas Eve service, me exhausted after doing all the deciding on gifts, buying, wrapping, decorating, cooking and event planning, and Mike turned to me and said, “Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday!” Ugh…
What year/millennium will it be when some women read this and scratch their heads??
This is a bizarre combination of very specific detailed experiences that YOU had with (most likely your ex husband) and a serious case of penis envy. You failed at painting an accurate portrayal of stereotypes. Stereotypes should be much broader. All you did was unload your personal baggage and biases.
I give this 2/10 clits that wish they were dicks
Thanks for sharing. Your mom must be proud.