Reflections on Body Theology: 10 Things that Annoy Me about Being a Woman

1)  Getting my period

2) Gynecological visits

3) Birth control

4) Bearing all physical responsibility for having a biological child

5) The prospect of going through menopause one day

6) The way men react when I cry because I’m angry, upset, tired, frustrated, or stressed

7) Being told what I can and can’t do or what I should and shouldn’t do by gender-specific culture and then being judged by both men and women for making my own choices

8) The assumption that I must enjoy fashion, shopping, makeup, and the color pink and that because I don’t, I’m somehow less woman-y than women who do

9) The pressure to break all gender stereotypes, even when they actually do apply to me, not because I’m female but because I’m me

10) Longer lines for public restrooms



About Laura K. Cavanaugh

I'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.

Posted on March 19, 2012, in Physicality and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Laura, you may already have seen this bit, which Michelle and I first saw while enrolled in Dr. Scholer’s “Women, the Bible, and the Church” class many years ago. It seemed worth sharing here.

    Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

    • Laura Cavanaugh

      Hi Mark, Yes, I do remember that list from his class, but thanks for sharing it again here. It’s comical but wise. – Laura

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