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Women Can Openly Own Sex ToysHow many guy's guys do you know that proudly own a Fleshlight?
For various reasons, some biological and some psychological, women sometimes have more difficulty pleasuring themselves sexually than men do, whereas most men are content with using their hands and a certain degree of lubricant (although lubricant may be optional… actually, so are hands).
Thus, women are often encouraged to employ sexual aids that provide steady vibration or even a faux phallus to stimulate themselves to orgasm without a partner should the need and/or desire arise. Straight men, on the other hand, are generally discouraged from owning sex toys for their own personal use. The typical fear is that a potential romantic partner, or even mere friends and associates, would consider a man needing a faux vagina (often modeled after the actual genitalia of a famous porn star) for masturbatory purposes to be either a sexual deviant, pervert or pathetic loser.
Although women don't usually flaunt their sex toys in public, and would be at least a little embarrassed when the said toys make a sudden appearance at an unprepared party, most social circles – and potential romantic partners – are pretty forgiving towards women who own sex toys for their own personal enjoyment.
Seems like a double-standard, doesn’t it?
Yes. It does. And it is one of the worst ones on this list. Because we are lonely.
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Women Can Wear Men's Clothes To WorkFirst of all, men have penises and t*******s. If ANYTHING, they need more space in the bottom half of their wardrobe (i.e. the kind of space skirts or dresses would allow) than women. IT'S BASIC MATH.
Given the horrific impracticalities of women’s fashion (some of which still linger to this very day) it’s easy to understand why women have fought for their rights to wear pants. Maybe they had some hurdles, like the preconception that a woman who wore men’s clothes was a lesbian or a (vaguely-insulting) "tomboy," but over time it's become perfectly acceptable for a woman to wear pants, t-shirts, and even practical shoes.
Now what about the men? Not so much.
If a man wants to wear clothing specifically designed for a woman he’ll have to also wear the label of "transvestite." Of course, while much of the Western World is increasingly comfortable with the idea of transvestitism, actually wearing high heels and a corset in public will nevertheless turn heads, and not in a positive way.
It's not that every man actually WANTS to wear women’s clothing, but there’s no denying it--being ABLE to do so could be liberating. I mean, have you ever worn a dress? Then you know how it compares to a pair of pants on a hot summer day, and I'm not the first to say, that THAT'S freedom.
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Women Can Openly Experiment With HomosexualityOf course, many subcultures in the Western World are still hostile to homosexuality in all of its forms, but over the last few decades in particular, society as a whole has become more accepting of the homosexual way of life. Regardless of whether homosexuality is a choice or an innate facet of one’s being, Kinsey was already telling us over 50 years ago that homosexual experimentation is a fairly normal part of the human experience. But attitudes towards sexual experimentation are not uniform across the sexes.
While there will always be detractors, naysayers and outright intolerant bastards, as a rule a certain degree of homosexual experimentation amongst females is considered socially acceptable, even "completely awesome" (see video), whereas amongst males it is pretty much not.
Many straight women are comfortable admitting to having gone through a "phase," or at least kissing another woman in a social setting; from intoxicated college reverie to innocent games of Spin The Bottle in their youth.
If a woman admits to these things (assuming of course she’s comfortable doing so, and that it’s the truth) she can still be considered heterosexual by pretty much everyone in the room. There’s a certain amount of potential sexism in this observation – if nothing else, men often find the idea of two women experimenting sexually so alluring that they lose any interest in being judgmental – but it’s certainly a preferable situation to men who have had similar experiences.
Sadly, a man cannot amongst most social circles admit to homosexual experimentation – no matter how fleeting, or even if they decided they did not enjoy the experience – without fear of being permanently labeled "gay" by those around them. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with being gay, but some still think so, and if nothing else the frustration inherent to being inaccurately labeled based on healthy experimentation is so palpable that many men live in fear of being "discovered," even to an obsessive extent... not to sound "gay" or anything...
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Women Have Multiple, Viable, Birth Control OptionsIf a man and a woman wish to have sexual intercourse and protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections then of course condoms are the most effective contraceptive. But if a woman simply wishes not to get pregnant – perhaps in addition to condoms or instead of (if they are, for instance, married or in a long-term monogamous committed relationship) – they have many other options.
Birth Control Pills, shots, rings, diaphragms, patches and more allow a woman to dramatically reduce their body’s ability to procreate and what’s more, allow them to change their minds and actually procreate should they make that choice later on.
Men? They have condoms. Or condoms.
Unless they opt for a vasectomy, i.e. surgery. So it's either rubber or surgery.
One option is inconvenient and diminishes sexual pleasure, while the other is somewhat permanent. Men are still waiting on a pill, shot or some other form of reliable contraceptive that can give them control over their ability to procreate.
Frankly, most sexually active, unmarried men have no desire whatsoever to impregnate their partners… certainly not unintentionally. If there was a regular pill, patch or shot that could be taken to prevent unwanted pregnancies – particularly one that would allow men to procreate later in life, should they choose to do so – then most men would take it RELIGIOUSLY.
There are always rumors of a male birth control pill looming on the horizon, but until it actually hits the market, this will be one area men will ALWAYS envy women for.
To make things worse, though a female condom DOES exist, the standard for single heterosexuals across the nation is for him to always carry a MALE condom around. From the looks of the female condom though, that might actually be a good thing for men.
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Women Can Call Each Other AttractiveAlthough women can be competitive amongst their own gender, they are also allowed to be mutually supportive in ways that straight men usually cannot publicly. This is due mostly to, again, the insane amount of homophobia present in our Western culture today.
Women are allowed to compliment each other’s looks free from social awkwardness, often to explicit degrees. Admitting that other women have attractive clothes, personality traits and features – even predominantly sexual features, like bitches and hips – is not exactly taboo.
Heterosexual men, however, are not generally "allowed" to say that other men look "sexy" in any context.
In fact, any compliment regarding a degree of physical attractiveness must usually be qualified out of social insecurity. "I can see why women go for him," for example, is reasonably acceptable. "Nice haircut" is vague enough to generally be fine.
Something like, "Dude, sweet abs" might be allowed in certain contexts, usually in an exercise-centric environment. But, "Oh man, you look totally hot in that tank top?" Not socially acceptable. Not socially acceptable at all.
Here's a scene from Swingers that shows the hoops, metaphors and insane language straight men have to jump/wade through in order to compliment each other in a way that doesn't sound "gay".
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