There is science behind some of this, and others, not so much, but every woman will agree she needs it when she sees it. Here are 10 things women need more of than men.
Women are hardwired to need time around friends. We need close relationships to keep our chemicals in balance. Ever notice how a man can hang out alone in his house playing video games for five days and only notice it’s been five days when someone comes banging on his door? Women, however, will become depressed if they don’t have human contact all day. It’s not because they’re needy: it’s just their chemical composition getting out of whack.
Women are so much harder on themselves for doing stupid things than men are. If a woman sleeps with someone she wishes she hadn’t, she goes back to her therapist and avoids men for two months. If a man sleeps with a woman he wishes he wouldn’t have, he shakes his head the whole next day, and then laughs about it for the rest of his life. Women need that person who stops us from doing something we’ll regret! Because we really regret it.
As I just mentioned, women feel regret so much more intensely and for so much longer than men do over stupid decisions, so we’re far more cautious than men. But sometimes that’s a bad thing! Sometimes it’s healthy to make a giant purchase or sleep with someone painfully handsome who you have nothing in common with or travel at the spur of the moment. Sometimes that reminds you you’re alive. We all need that friend who can recognize when we need to take a calculated risk because if we don’t, we’ll be the lady with seven cats soon.
Men get out their aggression in boxing classes or at the football game on TV or in competitive sports. In general, it’s more acceptable for men to be argumentative and confrontational. Women, however, are deemed a b*tch if we speak out at the moment something or someone angers us. So we need that friend we can yell to (not at but to) on the phone at the end of the week, after we’ve been polite in a dozen situations that drove us nuts!
Men can just forget to eat for 18 hours! How do they do that?! Somehow, if they don’t stick to a regular eating schedule, their default setting is to forget to eat. But you know that if women were just given free reign to eat whenever we remembered/felt like it, we would gain a lot of weight. Women need to stick to a regular eating schedule to maintain weight. Damnit.
A guy can go to a party solo and he’s just considered funny, or quirky, or the life of the party. Or, he’s considered a catch! If a woman goes alone, people wonder why she didn’t get a date, or didn’t bring a friend. Not to mention that a woman standing alone at a party is constantly harassed by men.
Girls don’t really get together to shoot hoops, or form weeknight soccer matches. We jog or we go to the gym — maybe a little yoga — and that’s it.
We express ourselves through those! Our clothes tell the world that we’re feeling confident in our body that day, or that we’re feeling depressed, or that we’re feeling relaxed. They tell the world we want to party, or we want to get home as soon as possible. Men wear clothes to…not be naked. Men know it’s true too: they’ll decide whether or not a girl is open to being talked to based on what she’s wearing.
Studies have actually found that women need more sleep than men do. And you know it’s true: somehow your boyfriend stays up until 2 a.m. playing video games, only to get up at 7 a.m. to go to work. And you’re in bed at 11 asking him to turn down the volume. Oh, and night drinking and day drinking the next day? Forget it. We need to sleep off our hangovers! Men, however, can just pop up and go drink off a hangover.
Unfortunately, most women just don’t feel like they’re allowed to act goofy in most areas of their lives. A woman who cracks jokes is a joker, but a man who cracks jokes is…like handsome or smart. The fact that he’d be funny is a given: he’s a guy. (I don’t agree with that logic, but unfortunately most people subconsciously think it). Women need creative outlets like improvisation classes or writing classes where they’re allowed to be goofy. Men can just be goofy in the break room.