Whilst men and women each have their own struggles to contend with, there are certain advantages in life for each sex. Recently, one user on r/AskReddit wondered what these were and asked, "What is easier to do if you're a woman?"

There are some surprising answers, including ones where we'd never imagine that the physical difference gives them the upper hand. There are also a few that bring up some interesting points about how men are considered in society compared to the ‘fairer’ sex. Check out the best answers that we've collected below.

#1

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Work with children.

As someone who works in early childhood education I've had the cops called on me three times when I took my kiddos to the park. Thankfully I know the beat cop quite well so it has never caused me any real issues, but the fact that people see "Adult man...interacting with children???" and assume I'm a violent predator honestly hurts a lot.

My team is all big, burly, heavily tattooed men, but we are all insanely qualified to do our jobs, but that all means nothing to some random Karen who sees scary-looking me give piggyback rides or do a girl's braids. I had a bad childhood and just want to care of the little ones, kindly [screw] off.

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Monday
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11 months ago

It's also easier for women to kidnap children for the same reason. Very few people are going to pay attention to a woman walking into a crowded park, picking up a crying child and leaving.

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By no means do women have it easier than men but there are a few unique points that stand out. If we look at the answers more closely though, they also raise some questions about why some situations are like this. 

With “being able to ask for help” or “show emotions” as a couple of the answers given, we need to look at why these are difficult for men. Maybe it’s due to the societal pressure that’s put on them. The prevailing idea of what a man should be is self-sufficient and steely, so the answers mentioned don’t go hand-in-hand with that image. 

#2

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Get support from others.

I tend to feel completely alone in my suffering, most times when I talk to someone they just wanna tell me to "tough it out" and "be a man".

Sorry, I'm in grief from my son dying in my arms and my chronic illness has taken a turn for the worse this year and I'm just [freaking] depressed all the [freaking] time.

Yet everyone wants me to continue my life and my job as if everything is honky dorey.

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Caro Caro
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11 months ago (edited)

This is sad. We women don't have exclusive rights to pain / grievances. And I hate "man-up".

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Men are expected to keep up unrealistic standards which are especially damaging in the long run. What’s worse is that it’s not an idea that comes completely from within — it’s the result of other men perpetuating it too. We know it best as 'toxic masculinity' and it goes on to affect women too.

#3

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Changing babies in public. Many men's rooms do not have baby changing stations.

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SealOfDisapproval
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11 months ago

Toilets with changing stations should be unisex.

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#4

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Seek help for domestic violence

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Ozacoter
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11 months ago

We believe you guys!

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#5

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Physical contact? If I feel like it if I need a hug, I can just cuddle with my girlfriends. I don't think it's that easy for guys...

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Ozacoter
Community Member
11 months ago

This is really sad. We are social primates and we need contact with others. Men deserve to be huged!

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#6

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Wear another gender's clothing.

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Ozacoter
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11 months ago

Only if you are cute. I always dressed like society thinks a man should and I always got a lot of s**t from classmates, friends and family. But if my sister wears some of my clothes suddenly is fine.

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#7

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Small thing but telling what a lotion/deodorant/body wash/shampoo smells like by the label. Women’s is just labeled like vanilla or lavender but men’s get dumb names like wolf hawk or champion.

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Cactus McCoy
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11 months ago

Can I have wolf hawk champion beast slayer shamppoo for outside mountain woods, please? Most of this crap smells horrible. I personally prefer neutral soaps and shampoos.

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#8

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Compliment any complete stranger. As a dude, I have to very careful complimenting strangers. I will actually tell my wife, “check her hair out, it’s super cool. Will you tell her?” And she will, and it made that stranger’s day. Just wish I could do that more often without being seen as creepy.

This especially applies to children. It’s a big no-no for a 41 year old guy to compliment a child saying they look super pretty. Woman - no issue.

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LesAnimaux
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11 months ago

If you sincerely compliment a woman (or anyone, really), by just saying 'hey, cool hair' and move along, I personally am way less likely to be creeped out than if someone stands too close and says something like 'hey, I don't mean to be creepy, but... your hair looks so soft...' the way people sometimes do. People have said to me 'hey, cool tattoos/makeup/whatever' while passing, without slowing down. As soon as someone lingers, I am creeped out.

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#9

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Consoling a lost child in public (more to the perception of male threat, no matter how unfounded)

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Julie C Rose
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11 months ago

And men of colour get treated with particular suspicion. There’s an episode of Black-ish about it.

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#10

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Getting their hand into a Pringle can.

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Jo Johannsen
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11 months ago

Why reach into the can at all, your hand gets greasy and salty. Just lay can on its side and keep shaking them toward the opening.

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#11

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Knowing for certain that the baby is yours

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Shon
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11 months ago (edited)

I'll take "having to do a completely optional dna test because I don't trust my partner" over "having to gestate for 9 months and lactate". So, can we switch?

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#12

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Fun answer - Its easier for women to learn how to rock climb. Men will use their upper body strength as an early crutch and muscle their way up a wall, while women have to develop correct form and technique to do as well when first beginning. This leads to much better climbers from my observation.

Sad answer - physically abuse the opposite sex. Many times if a man is in a physically abusive relationship others will assume he isn't or can't be abused. There are numerous videos where actors has shown women hitting men in public and at best no one helps, some will even laugh. Switch the roles and everyone comes running to help a women being physically abused by aman.

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kasa alex
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11 months ago

Men can also be victims of verbal and psychological domestic abuse from female partners, not just physical, which can be just as damaging

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#13

BEING A SINGLE PARENT: my parents have been divorced since i was 6 (i’m 19F now) and my dad has always been the more stable parent in the situation so my siblings and i always lived with him and travelled with him as kids. TSA would always look at us weird and interview us kids about who we were traveling with, making sure we weren’t being kidnapped? or something? idk. people would look at our family weird in public every time we went anywhere. it’s hard to be a single dad these days for some reason but it makes no sense to me bc men are just as capable of parents as women are. one other example i can think of is the fact that a lot of men’s bathrooms don’t have changing tables for babies… like wtf? it’s honestly astonishing that society basically assumes that men are completely incapable of caring for a child smh.

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Fus
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11 months ago

I was a single dad that raised two girls. Mom was barely in the picture. I could write a book.

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#14

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Sit down on a chair without accidentally sitting on yourself.

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ravina nimje
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11 months ago

Didn't know that is a thing, poor guys.

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#15

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Apparently women fighter pilots handle g-forces better than men, mainly due to being shorter and their heart not having to work so hard to pump blood to their brains (short men also handle g-forces easier for the same reason).

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NsG
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11 months ago

That's why astronauts have a maximum height restriction.

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#16

Tons of martial arts throws. Female center of mass is lower down in the body than male center of mass, even before accounting for height differences, and it's absolutely crucial to certain martial arts throws.

Like, you know that one throw you see all the time in movies where someone grabs a person from behind, and that person just leans forward and rolls them over their shoulder? Yeah that's almost impossible for most men to do unless the stunt person grabbing them is helping with it. But for your typical woman it's literally as easy as leaning forward, it takes basically no strength, it's all leverage.

I'm a man who practices mixed martial arts and four times out of five when I'm sparring a woman and I lose against her, it's because she threw me.

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Kay blue
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11 months ago

I spent 20 years doing martial arts, we were taught that in most throws you use your opponents momentum against them. As a tiny woman I could easily throw men a lot bigger and taller than me.

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#17

Binaural Hearing. Using headphones, play different recordings per ear which each contain mostly gibberish with the occasional intelligible word thrown in.

Women are consistently better at recognising the words, particularly when two intelligible words are played at the same time. Men have more difficulty with this.

The reason this experiment is fascinating and repeated many times is that cis women and trans* women perform just as well as each other, with trans* men and cis men together doing generally worse. We don't know why.

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Julie C Rose
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11 months ago

I’m intrigued about what part of transition causes that.

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#18

I'm not afraid of getting accidentally hit in my private parts. It can hurt, but not nearly as much as men I believe.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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11 months ago

I have no idea what being kicked in the groin feels like but if I see it happen to a guy I cringe and feel sorry for the dude.

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#19

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Here’s a fun one! Women are generally better at conserving air while scuba diving. I teach scuba and 95% of the time my female students could stay down twice as long on their first dive than their male counterparts.

It’s a big pick me up for so many tiny women who think all the heavy gear is going to set them back from the big muscular guys.

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Otter
Community Member
11 months ago

You know what really helps you conserve air when you dive? Voice lessons! No, really! Because my voice teacher showed me how to really use all.my respiratory muscles, I could stay down forever, and I'm fat so I should have been burning through the tanks.

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#20

Find nice pieces of clothes full of colours. It is so hard being a man in many clothes stores. Next time you wonder why men are not interested in shopping clothes, look at the choices we have and the minimal amount of variety and fun in men clothes compared to women !

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
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11 months ago

Why at weddings or parties, do women get to actually express their personality in their dresses, but men have to wear generic tuxes?

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#21

Distinguish between colors.

I can't find the reference now, but I once read an article where some fraudsters were sneaking into a conference with fake badges. The fake badges had a slightly different shade of color. Women could spot the difference, but men couldn't.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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11 months ago

Makes sense since colour blindness is more common in men.

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#22

Shoot a gun. Women are willing to be taught and men think they already know how. Any gun instructor will tell you that women first time shooters are better than men.

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Vorknkx
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11 months ago

"I don't need weapons training, I've been playing Call of Duty for 10 years!"

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#23

In most instances I’ve personally as a man found women to be more self-aware and have a greater understanding of their emotions and how to identify their feelings. Not to say I don’t have male friends and acquaintances who possess these traits.

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kasa alex
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11 months ago

Women are taught this from an early age, whereas men are taught to deny their emotions

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#24

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Carry anything on your hip

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Brendan
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11 months ago

I've actually got wider hips than my wife does, so no issues here lol.

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#25

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Daycare worker. Really any profession to do with kids

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Brendan
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11 months ago

It's kind of a shame that all the workers in my younger kid's nursery and all the teachers in my older kid's primary school are female. They are all perfectly good at their job, and they are great with my kids, but it would be nice to have a few more male role models in their lives.

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#26

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Touch your friends I think

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ravina nimje
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11 months ago

Yha, it is easy for girls to touch both genders without hesitation and no one misunderstands it.

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#27

Gaining sympathy sometimes

"Just man up" doesn't really help

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Skara Brae
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11 months ago

Neither does "Suck it up, buttercup." My old manager, a woman, said this frequently. A thoroughly unpleasant person.

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#28

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Ask for help.

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Candace Alagappan
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11 months ago

Men can have problems with abuse, rape, etc. as much as women. Men, if you need help, this is a sign to go and get it. Everyone needs help, we aren’t perfect and if anyone you love is hurting, don’t worry, you will find a way out. 🙂❤️

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#29

Read people.

I don’t mean auras or anything woo. I mean READ people and read rooms. I’m not saying men don’t do it but every woman I know does this. We’ve always had to I think. Our instincts have to be attuned even if we don’t always heed them

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Bear Hall
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11 months ago

Try this: walk a little behind a man and woman couple on a busy street and keep staring at their backs. In a minute the woman will get fidgety and looks around while the man just keeps walking undisturbed.

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#30

Women have better fine motor control. People who assemble circuit boards that are to small and delicate for a machine to complete are predominantly women. I've also heard they pick up things like flying helicopters faster as well.

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Bear Hall
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11 months ago

Picking up flying helicopters? Attack of the 50 ft woman?

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#31

Thrift shopping. Aint nothing in the mens section but 2007 fun run t shirts in bright neon colors.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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11 months ago

That's coz men wear their clothes til it's worn out lol.

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#32

Survive the NICU -- apparently, girls do much better in the NICU than boys do and tend to have fewer health complications. We heard that time and time again as parents to a 29 weeker girl.

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Jo Johannsen
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11 months ago

I am (eventually gonna be a) woman, hear me roar.

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#33

Floating. It’s a fact because women’s fat is deposited differently in our bodies, mainly in our thighs. My husband tries to float but instantly sinks whereas I can just float all day long. Exception is if your a bigger male with a lot of fat around your thighs

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LesAnimaux
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11 months ago

I am a woman with body fat and I sink like a stone

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#34

35 Takes On 'What Things Are Easier If You're A Woman' Sales. Seriously females salespeople are on average much more successful than their male counterparts. In my industry (industrial sales), it's an open understanding that our typical sales contact (older middle-aged male) is much more interested in talking to females than males. Huge sales buff if you are young AND at least a little attractive.

If you are a hard working, quick witted and social young female looking for a high paying job without education requirements, I would strongly encourage you to look into B2B sales. All of the technical knowledge you can learn on the job.

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pusheen buttercup
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11 months ago

Selling can also be very stressful and emotionally draining. Keep in mind :)

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#35

Get complimented.

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snipergun
Community Member
11 months ago

Yeah but for what. I got complimented for how handy I am because I knew how to hold wrench. I did not get complimented (or appreciated) for being only one in international company willing to test hundreds of servo motors coming back on warranty in terrible conditions trying to find out what really happened before other s**t happened (when motors stopped working mostly they were thrown on side, sprayed with water with open connecting holes and I was supposed to find out if warranty applied and if they were handled correctly, that often meant connecting them to power and having them literally explode). But sure I know how to hold wrench, thanks...

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