We have all been told men and women come from two different worlds, men from Mars and women from Venus. We're told boys like blue and girls like pink, feminism is strictly for females and males must be masculine. These predisposed social expectations place humans in an odd conundrum: are we too different to understand each other?
According to a recent study, 80 percent of women in the United States are dissatisfied with their current appearance and nearly 70 percent of normal weighted women want to be thinner. The social pressure to drop a few pounds and squeeze into a dress two sizes smaller is a catalyst for women to develop low self-esteem, depression and acute social anxiety.
The media and fashion industry have introduced a standard that at times can seem unrealistic and unobtainable. In 2010, the Girl Scouts did an online survey of girls ages 13-17. Of the 1,000 young girls surveyed, 9 out of 10 felt pressured by the media to look and act a certain way.
Although men and women both feel the intense pressure from the media to look and act a certain way, men will never understand the impending social pressure women feel to be thin.
Ever wondered what it's like to wake up and put on makeup everyday? The pressure to get a perfectly straight line with your black eyeliner and no mascara stuck to your eyelids is a serious struggle! Men will never truly understand why women add color and contour to the unique corners of their faces to feel more beautiful.
Men will never understand the painstaking hour of complete distress a women experiences after painting her nails. One bump or scratch can ruin a nail masterpiece you so carefully spent time to perfect.
Unless your man swims or waxes his legs, he will never understand the euphoric feeling that comes from silky smooth hairless legs. He also will not understand the complete disappointment that follows from finding one stripe of hair your razor missed while shaving.