Submitted Date 08/17/2019

So how did I become 50? I mean it was only last week I was celebrating my 40th, wasn't it. Actually I am quite pleased to be this age. Now, as I am counting down to my retirement; there is some kind of serene peacefulness that comes over me every time I think of it. Of course being a woman at fifty is different to being a man at fifty. In fact there are many differences to men and women whatever our ages.

I am not on about the usual differences, man has a penis, woman has a vagina. Oops I have written the word V.A.G.I.N.A. Do you find it's one of those words that nobody likes to say? Men definitely don't, but women, we're not keen on it either. We have loads of other names for it that we use: Minnie, Noo Noo, Downstairs, Lady Garden and Aunty Mary to name but a few. Very rarely do we use Vagina. Let's face it, we avoid saying the word Vagina more than they avoid saying the name Voldemort in Harry Potter. No the differences I am on about are the expectations that are required of you when you hit middle-age.

Men get to have a mid-life crisis at fifty. Women, we get the menopause. If a man fathers a child at fifty, he gets a pat on the back. If a woman get pregnant at fifty, well, the PC brigade tell you it's disgusting and shouldn't be allowed, that poor child when it 18, it's mothers will be nearly 70. Hello, so will the Father, but no one in the PC brigade is worried about that one.

Another difference between men and women is how you get to spend your day off. As you get older a woman will use her day off to get everything done and up-to-date: housework, washing, cleaning, ironing; she will be productive, have a list and do everything on it. A man, well, his day off is his to do with as he pleases: pub, football, golf, sleep; he will enjoy himself.

That's why a man gets to have a mid-life crisis and a woman gets the menopause. We have to suffer for our middle-age, they don't.



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  • Julie Nunn 1 year, 10 months ago

    Well, I just turned 62 at the end of November. But I have always been acutely aware of the double-standard crap (yes, I said crap because that's all it is) since I was about 20. Men have been the favored sex since time began. Women have spent centuries playing catch up....we are STILL doing it, even in 2020. I have been married for 43 years to the same man and the one thing I can say about my husband is that he has never tried to control me, change me or intimidate me. He was smart enough to know that BS wouldn't fly with me. Do we drive each other nuts? Yeah. Have we made mistakes?? Of course. Trying to fully understand another human being, male or female is completely futile. All you can do is to do your best and have respect for each other. Is life fair and equal for women?? No. But we are better off now than we were in 1900. We just need to keep fighting for the right to be whomever we choose to be in the world without explanations or apologies. All of us are just doing the best we can....