Women’s season: why I’m glad I’m a woman

Written by May Loonam

On the surface it may seem that women do get the tough end of the deal. From those cramps to being catcalled by charming men in white vans (yes I realise this is a massive, but not necessarily false, stereotype). We get a pretty rough deal from the media when it comes to expectations on just about everything. But we put on our heels and paint our nails and we persevere (again, cue massive stereotype).

Communication champions

One of the reasons we’re just generally fab is our ability to communicate, yes ACTUALLY communicate. Feelings are not a taboo and we’re not afraid to wear our hearts on our sleeves. It does often land us sat alone diving into a tub of ice cream torturing ourselves with endless romcoms, but we troop on anyway. After this cycle begins to fade, ultimately we own our feelings and actually end up coming out on top.

Another reason is fashion. Fashion possibilities are endless for women, and even if we get bored we can even pull off (certain) items of men’s clothing too. From blazers, waistcoats and oversized shirts to killer dresses and heels, we can own it all. 

Even science says that being a woman is just fab. On average, women live 7 years longer than men, and are more likely to survive critical accidents as research from the Survivor’s Club shows that for people 13-64, women were more likely to survive than men in a critical accident. So yeah… science.

Facing obstacles

But for me, it’s the sense of community among women, and how together we stand up against discrimination. From historical examples such as the suffragettes to body positive communities of women sticking up for each other in times of extreme media pressure. What’s so good about being a woman (aside from being able to buy gorgeous lipsticks in numerous shades) is the fact that we face obstacles head on, and there are a hell of a lot of them.  

Some of the most famous in history including the suffragettes fight for votes and the freedom brought about by the sexual revolution in the 1970s. Turning points like these mean that women may still face challenges, but have much more freedom and opportunities, all of which couldn't have been achieved by us coming together as a collective. And we do it in the most fabulous way. #gogirls