Boobs and sauces aside.. Usehername, that was a really awesome post. Albeit I don't like showing that side of being a female, that is a constant reminder.
From a military standpoint.. I constantly have to dodge and deal with people pretending to be nice to me just because they think they can get into my pants. If I don't "give it up" I'm a prude, if I'm assertive about my opinions I'm a bitch, and there are no other stereotypes for a female armed serviceman unfortunately. You'll always be one of the three to everyone outside of your social circle.. which is a hell of a lot of men.
I will always be incapable of doing the jobs I wanted to do in the service, and went from being highly motivated and dedicated to a more apathic crawling career because my amibitions will never be sought out. I cannot become a ranger, I cannot be special forces, I cannot be field artillery, nor infantry, nor any other job that will "put me on the frontlines." Although I found a loophole being Military Police Combat SUPPORT.. Especially in Iraq they segregated us entirely. Men aren't scolded for being men, but women are constantly told not to whore themselves out and reminded of all the punishments we can come across for interacting too much with males. (Perception is everything in the army.. Talking too much to someone can and does land you legal punishments.) Let's not mention that our entire position as a company required all the females to be pushed into three teams: Logistics, personal security, and working around base in general. I was one of 6 females in our entire company that had a job worth a shit.. and I only got it because I knew and was friends with our squad leader.
Being a woman is some of the most frustrating realities I'll ever know.. and I've spent a great deal of my time struggling with my identity as one and trying to find a balance between life in general and my stance within it. It's gotta be the greatest challenge sent my way.. and I'm just stubborn to begin with.. I don't take kindly to backing down, being happy with what I have and silently accepting the way things are.. for better or worse.
Buuut.. if I weren't a woman, I wouldn't be able to love men as much as I do.