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superzack411 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 16, 2010 at 1:39 PM via web

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Masculine Vs Feminine: how would your life be different if you had been born the opposite gender?

For ladies, if you were a boy, for gentlemen, if you were a girl: Would you be different than you are now?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:38 PM (Answer #2)

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It is hard to say how I'd be different now if I was a man instead of a woman, but I think there are a couple things about my life that would definitely have gone differently.  For one thing, if I had the same parents I have now but was born a boy, I probably would have been much better at sports in high school and would have possibly played in college.  I have always been naturally athletic, but I just don't really enjoy sports very much.  I wonder if I had been born a boy if I would have had more of a natural interest and therefore pursued them earlier and with more seriousness.

I have often thought I would also be more successful as a teacher if I was a man.  I think all students naturally respond differently to men, and though my husband and I have very similar teaching styles (and personalities), students have always had a quicker and more positive response to him.  On the other hand, if I was a man, I'm not sure that I would have decided to become a teacher in the first place.  The pressure to provide (financially) for a family is much greater for men and I think I would have decided to seek a career with a higher salary.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM (Answer #3)

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I am in an anomalous position as it is -- I am a man who has been the primary stay-at-home for my family.  I have not worked full time since my older daughter was born at the end of the 01-02 school year.    I cook and clean and take care of the kids.

I think that I would be way more conflicted if I were female.  I would think that I had wasted my education and my potential and that I was giving in to an antiquated view of what a woman should be.

I do not think I could enjoy my life as much as I do if I were a woman because I would feel like I was selling out and reverting to a 1950s vision of the role of a woman.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM (Answer #4)

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If I had been born a boy, my parents probably would have raised me differently in some ways. First of all, I imagine my father would have made more of an effort to teach me how to build things and take care of cars. My mother has always wanted a daughter, and I was her only child. I think she would have loved me as a boy, but I don't think we'd have the close relationship we have now.

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