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Writing Topic #3
Is it better to be a man or a woman?

Eileen | Choi | Ying Lan

Eileen says:

I think it is better to be a man ... BUT ... If I was a man, I guess I would not say that. Everybody likes to get what they cannot get. At the same time they don't know how to treasure what they have got. Even if that is so, I still wish I WAS a boy.

If I was a boy, my mother would not need to worry about me when I get home late. If I was a boy I would not be shy about talking to other people. If I was a boy, I could travel by myself. If I was a boy, I think I could do a lot of things which I have never done. I wonder if every girl would say if I was a boy it would be better .........

Ok. BUT we cannot change our life so why not do better just as we are? 

Choi says ...

As Eileen Wang mentioned in her writing, I think being a man surely brings much more opportunity than restrictions.

I wish to become a man in my next life (although I do not totally believe in life after death). Being a woman in the 20th century I have come across many unfair things. Women have been discriminated against since history has existed. For example, my colleague, of course a man, is assigned work that needs professional training, while I, a woman, am given simpler work that does not need such professional training. Yet I graduated from a much better university and I am more proficient in English. (Good English is essential in my company.)

While Korea was experiencing economic hardship last year, many companies laid off many of their employees and most of them were women.

Ying Lan says ...

If I were a man, I would do anything I liked to do. Maybe...

But you can do a lot of things now as a woman. No need to pretend to be a man.

Being a woman, I have to confess that we cannot be treated equally as a man in some cultures and circumstances. The worst one is that I feel uncomfortable for a couple of days every month. Sometimes, I would say "If I were a man, I could do a lot of things, like chasing pretty girls, and making more money .. "

I know the truth is that there is no difference. It doesn't matter with gender. We are limited in doing some things, but there is a problem hiding here. Do you think that you are unable to do it, or do you just you not want to do it? Most of the time "we don't want to do it." It is so hard, isn't it? If there is a will, there is a way. Not to challenge God, but to challenge yourself.

Also, in the modern world, boys sometimes might do more dangerous things than girls.

Ying Lan.

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