As someone who identifies as a woman, I can say with certainty that it sucks. Sure, there are awesome parts about being a girl, like the fact that you can sing along to Kesha’s new song “Woman” and feel empowered AF. But there are also some things that are very unfortunate when it comes to girlhood. It seems silly to think about all of the bad things that us girls have to endure, but hear me out. When we think about all of the awful parts about being a female, it can help us realize how strong we really are. I mean, most girls bleed out of their vaginas once a month. That’s pretty badass, right?
We can all take comfort in the fact that even though a lot of things suck when it comes to our lives, at least we are in it together, right? Luckily for us, the internet is a great place to come together and bond over how much being a female sucks. The best place to do that, in my opinion, is the Ask Women section of Reddit. Last night, I came across this very relatable post about what it’s REALLY like to be a woman, and what the worst parts are. As much as we would like to think we are Instagram models all the time, there are certain things that make being a girl totally suck. If you identify as a girl, you will probably be able to identify with these horrible things that us girls have to endure.
Period ClotsI never knew how to describe this, but user LeucanthemumVulgare sums it up pretty well: "The sensation of blorp when you stand up on your period and a chunk slides out of your vag." Period clots are normal, but they are still pretty alarming and gross every time they appear. Image Source: iStock
Periods In GeneralThis is probably the biggest issue with being a girl: periods. Sure, it's important to mensturate, but it's also annoying af. As missjulia928 says "waking up in a pool of blood" is a very undesirable part about being a lady. Image Source: iStock
Ingrown HairsImpudence said, "Ingrown hairs on your bikini line and labia that turn into giant gross puss filled boils for those of us who are not blessed with nice fine hair despite a wide variety of solutions and perfect hygiene- no some of us are not meant to be hairless." Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can't prevent ingrown hairs, especially down there. Just another wonderful part about having a vagina! Image Source: iStock
HarassmentSugalistare said, "I'd say the potential for harassment every time I leave my house." YEP, harassment and catcalling is so common, and it sucks. Being harassed for your looks or clothing is the most degrading feeling ever, and so many girls have to experience that. Image Source: iStock
Yeast InfectionsThey happen a LOT more often than you might realize, and they are never easy or fun. User mystical_princess said, "Yeast infections, UTI, Bacterial vaginosis... All lovely infections that just make you want to yell in frustration." If you've never had one of these, be very grateful! Image Source: iStock
Forgetting To Take Off Your MakeupWonlywilla said, "The morning after forgetting to take off your makeup." Yep! We've all been there: you wake up the morning after a fun girls night and realize that there are lipstick stains and mascara flakes all over your pillow. It happens, and then you break out and have terrible skin for days. Image Source: iStock
DischargeLadyofnotts7 said, "Probably discharge gloop. You're having a pee.. so tons of discharge comes out in a string, and you're trying to bounce so it comes out. Gotta feel beautiful for that one!" Again, this is very normal, but very annoying. Discharge can happen all the time and tends to ruin your favorite pair of underwear. Image Source: iStock
Bra MishapsHonestly, why do we even need to wear bras anymore! They are the worst. As wonlywilla said, "Boob rash from boob sweat and ill-fitted bras/underwire." It's just not fun. Image Source: iStock
Giving BirthI know a lot of you aren't planning on giving birth any time soon, but we all know how terrifying it can be. PinkleopardPJ said, "Childbirth and postpartum. People talk about the pain and how amazing it is that our bodies can do this, but they rarely talk about how gross it can be. There's amniotic fluid, blood, and goo. There's a lot of sweat and tears. Many women poop while pushing, and many women vomit at some point." Not only is it painful, but there are also a ton of weird things happening to your body at once, not to mention that fact that a human being is coming out of you.
What do you think is the worst part about being a girl? Tell us in the comments!