When I first heard this song on radio a few ago, I simply knew that I had to post it.

Beyonce – If I Were A Boy

If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I’d roll outta bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it
Cause they’d stick up for me.

If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man.
I’d listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

If I were a boy
I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone it’s broken
So they’d think that I was sleeping alone
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home (to come home)

It’s a little too late for you to come back
Say its just a mistake
Think I’d forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong

[Male] You know when you act like that
I don’t think you realize how it makes me look
or feel
[Beyonce] Act like what
Why are you so jealous
It’s not like i’m sleeping with the guy
[Male] What
[Beyonce] What
[Male] I said yo
Why are you so jealous
It aint like I’m sleepin with the girl

But you’re just a boy
You don’t understand
Yeah you don’t understand
How it feels to love a girl someday
You wish you were a better man
You don’t listen to her
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you lose the one you wanted
Cause you’ve taken her for granted
And everything you have got destroyed
But you’re just a boy

Ok, I know that the song doesn’t really talk about the girl honestly wanting to be a boy herself. It’s more like lamenting about men, which is *sigh* as usual, hey what’s new, not understanding us women, and saying how she would do much better if she was to be in his shoes. I am not going to discuss this because let’s face it ladies, this is the way it was, still is and will always be!  

But would you want to be one of the opposite sex if you could have the chance? If you could do it without the pain of a sex change, or the possible subsequent ostracization or discrimination by others, would you want it? I have girlfriends who would have preferred to born as boys because they feel that men have easier lives than the fairer sex. Me? I seldom feel this way. Maybe except when I suffer dreadful menstrual cramps. That’s when I will wish that I was a man instead because the chances of a man having the experience and knowing how the painful cramps feel are as high as Bush being elected as the next President of the United States.

The thought of being born with a different set of sex chromosomes as what I currently possess seldom strikes me because firstly, it is a pretty useless thought. Even if you think about it day and night, 24 hours a day, you may grow a moustache but you will never become a man. Even if you do splash all your money on a sex change, let me inform you first from a professional aspect that your newly constructed dick will never ever work in the same way as a natural one will, so please save your money and donate it to my funds for a Kate Spade instead. It will be far more useful. Secondly, I believe that men and women are equal, and if they are, then there is no advantage of any one over the other which explains no need to choose one over the other. This is possibly different from a regular feminist’s point of view where they fight for equal rights for women as I think that we, both sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, if you are religious (well, I ain’t but the phrasing sounds cool), are equal from Day Uno.

Sure, we are as different as we can be from a biological point of view. Socially, we are not any closer than the sky and the earth. Yet I believe that should you minus away all the differences, all beings from Mars and Venus pretty much stand on the same level. It’s just that men and women suffer different forms of injustice in life. For men, there is a lot of stereotyping. Men are supposed to go out and work their asses off to support their families. Men are not supposed to cry. Men are supposed to be strong and tough. Men are not supposed to wear pink and look or behave feminine. Men are supposed to do this and that, and not supposed to do that and this. Women on the other hand face more discrimination. Women cannot do this and that. Even though they may be capable of it, they can be denied of the chance right at the beginning because men do not think that the women can accomplish it.

I am no expert on gender studies, so I am most incapable of explaining further or giving more valid examples. I will admit this, but  that does not mean that my idea is totally absurd. I still believe that I am right in some ways. While many say that it is difficult to be a woman, I do not think that life is any easier for our fellow male Earthlings. Hence I do not desire to be a man. Besides, there can be many advantages to being a girl. Sometimes it is so much easier to get your way out of trouble or get something into your hands just because you are a girl. Furthermore, because some people generally do not expect more from a girl, your outstanding performance will be more likely to shine through and be noticed. It may be neglected on the biased grounds of you carrying tits instead of a dick by some old foggy idiots, but it’s alright because you know that it’s not because you are incapable.

In fact, I wonder whether it is the more difficult circumstances which make women stronger and more powerful, and the comfortable environment of the past traditional patriarchal system in the society is weakening the men on the other hand. I would not doubt this possibility haha. Sounds like Darwinian evolution to me. Although being a man himself, Charles might not have nodded his head in agreement at my proposed hypothesis.

If I could be a man for a day, I wonder what I would do. Visit the Gents? Peep at the men peeing? Listen to what guys really talk about in the loo? Because you know us girls gossip and talk about anything in the washroom. Venture into the men’s changing room at the gym and see what’s going on in there? Party at a local gay bar or club? Or party at the usual straight club and try loads of cheesy pick-up lines at the pretty girls there all night? That last part might actually be really interesting.

Would you want to be a girl or a boy? What would you have done if you could be one of the opposite sex for a day? Have you ever given any thought to this?