Men and women are different at a physiological level. I'm sure you all know that, but if you can believe it, a lot of people don't know what's what on the body of the opposite sex. That's important, especially if you plan on handling the body parts of a person of the opposite gender. It's important to know what goes where, how things work, and where things are on another person's body, not to mention your own.
Some men might say that they know everything about a woman's body. For example, they might think that they've got women all figured out. However, women are complex and complicated, and the same is true of their bodies. For those men who never got around to learning just how a women's body works, here's a crash course: 16 things that women would like to tell you about their bodies. Even if you think you don't need this, chances are you do, because nobody knows everything.
16 Women's body hair grows faster than men's
15 Not every woman is a contortionist
This one is for the men who like to emulate the stuff they see in p*orn. For one, a lot of that stuff just isn't feasible in real life, and a woman always knows when you're trying to do that. Real women, or at least the women you will come into contact with (and on some occasions, sleep with), don't bend that way. Actually, some of those positions really hurt and are super uncomfortable.
14 Looking good can be a full time job
13 Breasts actually aren't exactly what they seem
12 Breast size isn't all that important, either
11 Ovulation is important
10 Hymens are not important
9 Not every woman is capable of gushing
8 Looseness doesn't mean what you think
I want to shout this one from the rooftops: looseness does not mean what you think. Women don't overstretch, guys. Their bodies are capable of pushing out human beings the size of watermelons and recovering their natural tightness after they're done with that, so there's nothing that having a lot of sex can do to mess with a woman's looseness or tightness. Actually, if you're trying to get down to business with a woman and you find that she's super tight, chances are you did something wrong.
7 That's not how you use that
6 That's not how you find that
There are some grown men who still don't know where a woman's clitoris is. Not only do some men need help finding the thing, they need help using the thing. This is different for every woman, so this is one of those things where communication is the key.
5 A few things women might not want you to know
I asked a few women about some things they'd want men to know about their bodies, and what it's like being a woman in general. They were very forthcoming about that, almost legendarily so. Here are a couple of quotes from my notes.
CM: "I wish men knew how awkward it feels to sneak a fart out in public only to have it hide in your vagina and know that the second you stand up it will do whatever it wants. You have no control over it now, its just hiding. And you're just keeping your sh*t together while you're looking them right in the eye, flirting, and praying that they leave before you have to get up."
SB: "Men knew their girl's horniness when on the period and just brave the mess. Worth it."
LN: "The painful nipples before getting your period, rise in acne, the unintentional mood swings."
ML: "That, much like cars, we need to be warmed up and lubed up to go anywhere."
ND: "I wish men knew that shaving basically our entire bodies is annoying and frankly, a lot of work, so when we don't do it sometimes, leave us the hell alone about it. We aren't hairless naturally, and unless you're shaving your whole body too, shaddap."
4 Yes, cramps really do hurt that much
Speaking as a woman here, cramps are horrible. They can completely ruin a woman's day, to the point where some women can't even function for the entire time. However, don't take my word for it, take the words of the 21 women who talked to Buzzfeed about what it's like when Aunt Flo comes to visit:
"It feels like the worst burrito-gas in your entire life, every waking hour, for three to seven days. Who knows how long it will last? It can be sharp, stabby, dull, achy feeling in your abdomen, or in your back. Then you get rivulets of blood complete with chunks for three to seven days. Tampon? Pad? Cup? Have fun choosing your weapon."
"Pretend someone filled up a large water balloon inside your pelvis, about two inches below your navel, that slowly leaks its fluid with the end still tied over a five-day span. Yes, it gets painful. Yes, you have to use the bathroom a WHOLE lot more — or at least it feels like it and then *false alarm* you actually don’t. Other than that, it feels very wet and uncomfortable in places you’d prefer to keep dry and don’t get me started on the extra time it takes to maintain yourself and clean up…"
3 Hormones really do mess with your mood
Speaking of "that time of the month," it's not just physical pain women have to deal with. During Aunt Flo's visit, women can become completely different people, and that's because her hormones are all over the place. Believe it or not, periods are so awful for most women, that there's an entire website that's dedicated to taking submissions as to how horrible they are, and it's literally called, Why Periods Suck.
2 Women are upfront about what they want
It's a common misconception that women don't know what they want. It's surprising how many people still believe that when women have been upfront about the fact that not only do they know what they want, they have no problem spelling it out for you, too.
1 Every woman is different
Finally, the most important point: every woman is different! This folds right into the previous point: listen to women, because not only do they know what they're talking about, but they're all different, so you can't take the answer of one woman as the end all and be all of her gender. Every woman's experience of being a woman is different for a variety of reasons, so the only way to understand them is to listen to them.
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