Anyone who has been catcalled on their way to work or fended off a Spanish Inquisition of grandparents interested in when, exactly, you're going to start a family knows that list of things that make being a woman frustrating is endless. Welcome to the patriarchy, folks, where every woman has to deal with a mountain range of nonsense that the other half of the population breezes past without a thought.
This isn't exactly breaking news, but as a Reddit thread recently pointed out, 2017 has come with its own set of unique problems for women. As you may have noticed, the political climate has taken a sharp turn for the conservative. In addition to the much-publicized attacks on Planned Parenthood's funding, Congress is on a single-minded mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and many of the proposed replacements would disproportionately impact women's health. Meanwhile, the Oval Office is currently occupied by a man who has demonstrated a complete and utter lack of respect for women.
But these are all broad examples — they don't touch on the subtle, everyday ways it's so frustrating to be a woman today. That's where the recent Reddit post comes in. On Tuesday, a Reddit user posted on r/AskWomen, asking their fellow Redditors to vent about all the things they find "completely frustrating and unbelievable about being a woman in 2017." As it turns out, there is quite a bit to be frustrated about. Within one day, the post received more than 1,000 comments, with women commiserating about everything from catcalling to birth control access (or the lack thereof).
You can check out the post for yourself on r/AskWomen, but the highlights are below.