If you could swap your gender for one year only would you do it or not? If yes, why? If not, why not?

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  1. soos — Are you only your gender? How does religion, society and the law view gender? Equally?
    Robin — Having a penis is like having a magic wand — you can kill or heal with it. The trouble comes with the attached testis because that’s where all the drama is made!

  2. That’s a good question.
    I asked my boyfriend and he said he’d like to try out being a woman but he’s always had a nice feminine side. I mean now all the things he likes wouldn’t seem so weird like bracelets and nail polish.

  3. I’d switch to see what it would be like.
    Would we have a choice of what type of body we’d switch into?
    If that was an option, it would be fun to see what a drop-dead gorgeous female experiences in life. To go through such a change and be average would be a let down.
    The normal average every day man and woman goes through the same challenges. I’d be better to amplify the experience by being super feminine (or for the ladies, being super masculine).
    I don’t know if I’d be able to handle all of the extra attention I bet women get thoughout the normal course of the day. I suspect that I’d be glad to switch back to being a guy after the experience.

  4. Hi Chris!
    Yes, you can choose your body type and hair color and measurements.
    I like your attempt to go for the super-fem line — that would certainly be an interesting approach to take!
    Women — especially the ultra-pretty standard — get a lot of attention and a lot of unwanted lusting. That must be a hard and fine line to traverse without ticking anyone one off — male OR female — while still living an honorable and helpful life. I think women have it doubly harder than men in our current situation in America and women in other countries have an even tougher circumstance by a factor of ten!

  5. Nope, I’d rather not change. Even though I do occasionally gripe about some of the female aspects that are a pain in the ass, I do like being a woman.
    There’s nothing about a man that I’m so curious about that I’d want to become one to know. I think I can learn all I need to know from where I am now. 😀

  6. Switching gender? For one year?? Interesting question David!
    At first my normal reaction was – “Nope…not me! I am not going to lose the “me” of my personality!”
    Then I realized, that was just change resistance! If I get the opportunity – I will do it – just to experience the change!

  7. Kathakali Chatterjee Said:
    May 1st, 2006 at 12:05 pm
    Switching gender? For one year?? Interesting question David!
    At first my normal reaction was – “Nope…not me! I am not going to lose the “me” of my personality!”
    Then I realized, that was just change resistance! If I get the opportunity – I will do it – just to experience the change!
    — Well, If she’s up for it, so am I. Let the swap begin! one year to see what it’s like. I will volenteer for this if she would. It would be very enjoyable. And also a better understanding of women. notify me if your interested! I’m perfectly fine and healthy, How would she find it in a tall (Six foot) dark (with sky blue eyes) and handsome guy’s body for a year?
    To be continued…

  8. Hi Wolfgang, and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    I thank you for your fine comment and I certainly feel for you.
    I appreciate your scientific explanation of what is too often interpreted as an emotional and non-intellectual condition.

  9. Hi Wolfgang, and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    I thank you for your fine comment and I certainly feel for you.
    I appreciate your scientific explanation of what is too often interpreted as an emotional and non-intellectual condition.

  10. I THINK ME BEING A MAN FOR A YEAR WOULD BE AMAZING ESPECIALLY TO FIND OUT WHAT MAKING LOVE IS LIKE FOR A MAN I MEAN HAVING THAT CONTROL OVER A WOMAN WHILE MAKING LOVE WOULD BE COOL.

  11. I THINK ME BEING A MAN FOR A YEAR WOULD BE AMAZING ESPECIALLY TO FIND OUT WHAT MAKING LOVE IS LIKE FOR A MAN I MEAN HAVING THAT CONTROL OVER A WOMAN WHILE MAKING LOVE WOULD BE COOL.

  12. I would definitely be interested in switching bodies and becoming a woman for a year. I think there’s a lot to be learned, and honestly it’s something I’ve been curious about for a long time. I somewhat suspect more men would be interested in becoming women than vice versa … but perhaps that says more about my own subconscious gender stereotypes than it actually reflects reality. And quite honestly, I’d rather spend time as a very average woman — not a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel. I’d be mostly interested in understanding, from a first-person perspective, what the average woman subjectively feels and thinks and lives. I’d happily swap in a second! (any takers?) …