A story is told of a man who found an old rusty lamp. When he rubbed it, a genie appeared. And, as you may well know, the genie asked the man for his wish. The man wished to be able to understand women. He wanted to know how they felt, how they saw the world, what they want, everything. So the genie turned him into a woman.

I want to know how it feels like to be a girl. I want to walk the talk and talk the walk of the opposite sex, to see how others would react to what I do, to experience the unusual-for-males culture of women. Not that I’m turning gay or disturbed. Isn’t the best way of understanding someone is by putting oneself in another’s shoes?

Women. The subjects of grand art pieces, the muses of poets, the desires of kings, the bearers of life, in a romantic sense, are the ways we (at least males, to the feminists out there) see women today. This in turn gives the implication that they’re soft, delicate, and fragile. Sadly, this view has stigmatized womankind as the “weaker sex” and has given rise to the social problem of gender equality.

This social problem has existed longer than I’ve been born that it has been assimilated into our mindsets as a people.

From a young age, women are taught to be obedient and responsive. When that girl grows up into a lass, she experiences events that discriminate her gender. When she graduates from college and begins to work in a company, she, though more skilled and competent than her male counterparts, experiences a social phenomenon called the “glass ceiling”, wherein an invisible barrier prevents her from assuming greater responsibilities and advancing in position. After some time she gets married, has children, and tends to the home. (Though some women prefer such a lifestyle, others are forced into the life of servitude.) One day, that same woman will be beaten up and threatened with death by her husband. The poor victim of domestic violence clings on to her abusive husband since she has no income to support her children if they were to leave.

Unfortunately, women have silently beared the brunt of abuse for centuries. They were the mute victims of rape, slavery, domestic violence, famine and war. Along with children, they make up almost 70% of the people who suffer from poverty.

It hasn’t always been this way, at least in prehistory. Women then played a greater part in society, doing “manly” jobs such as hunting and gathering food, even becoming leaders of their societies. That was the time when Shakespeare didn’t have the influence to romanticize and put women on the pedestal, when women were culturally assigned to tend to the house, when women were though of as “the weaker sex”.

I want to know how it feels like to be a girl. Not that I’m gay or anything. I just want to understand how it feels.

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