So women don't get growing pains? Gosh, must have imagined those aches I got until I was about 20.

Oh,mood swings? You know, no, actually I will give him that one. Boys and men are massively moody suckers who never grow out of it, but instead made their aggression socially acceptable. Nothing like talking to a boy, and the next minute he explodes about something you said and tries to break your pencil case with a brick. Or later in life talking to a man that thinks it's okay to put his fist through a door.

[–] shewolfoffrance 34 points (+34|-0)

The leg pains! I had such bad leg pains from about nine to fourteen.

In spite of my hysterical, dramatic female puberty, I still haven't punched a hole in the wall or destroyed someone else's property.

[–] IrishTheFrenchie 18 points (+18|-0)

I grew so tall, so fast one summer, I have stretch marks on my legs. No joke.

[–] Shinyowl 3 points (+3|-0)

I literally grew 6 inches in 1 year, my freshman year of high school... I was leaping out of bed at night in pain as well.

I went from 5'1 to 5'7 in a single year, I only ever grew two more inches after that. I think I reached my full adult height at around 19. Now that I think of it, that was pretty much the worst year of my life, lol.

[–] bumpyjerboa 16 points (+16|-0)

I must be misremembering waking up crying with growing pains in middle school!

[–] bobo 12 points (+12|-0)

Why do men write as if we’re a different species from them? Does this chump seriously think girls don’t have a growth spurt during puberty that they have to fuel with increased calories?

In fact, many girls have to contend with the growth spurt in the setting of calorie restriction because of diet culture expectations for women.

Maybe his only interaction with women is through watching “barely legal teen porn” (aka illegal child porn), so he thinks they women stay the same size as children.

[–] Boudicaea 3 points (+3|-0)

I still get awful leg pains when I have my period. :( Basically feels like I never grew out of growing pains.

[–] Shinyowl 4 points (+4|-0)

I used to get that cramping in my legs, during my period too.. I had endometriosis. They went along with the severe menstrual cramps I was having.

[–] Boudicaea 3 points (+3|-0)

I am pretty sure I have it. It's manageable with Aleve, so I'm not pursuing a diagnosis or surgery yet. But helpful to know that's another sign of it. Thanks.

[–] Ghostfem 3 points (+3|-0)

That's because they're not growing pains. I think they call them "sciatica", these days, or something. They're stress-triggered, like migraines.

[–] Boudicaea 2 points (+2|-0)

I wasn't trying to say they were growing pains. They just feel a lot like growing pains. They aren't sciatica either-- I have that too, lol.

[–] proudcatlady 2 points (+2|-0)

Growing pains at night caused me screaming agony throughout my childhood. And I’ve been told by medical doctors I have a high pain tolerance.

Apparently women don't grow bones. They are born with all the bones already the appropriate length, and it only unfolds through life. So no, no growing pains. Pffft /s

[–] DarthVelma 46 points (+46|-0)

The "eat a full meal every 2 hours" thing pisses me off SO MUCH! Girls are going through the same growth spurts and the same pains and the same hunger...but we don't get to eat like that.

[–] delicate_silicate 28 points (+28|-0)

Ugh, my older brother always was allowed to eat three plates of food without question. Meanwhile, if I came back for seconds I'd get asked something dumb like "whoa you're back for more?! You sure eat a lot!". It made me feel like it wasn't normal for women to have more than one serving of food. Then I'd have my grandmother begging me to eat MORE and gain weight because I was wasting away.

[–] Boudicaea 17 points (+17|-0)

There is nothing that pisses me off more than people commenting on the amount of food I eat. As someone who had disordered eating for a long time.... They can fuck right off with that noise. I no longer give any ducks, so now I ask them why it's their business what I eat and that usually shuts 'em up.

Also I have noticed this ONLY happens to women

[–] Alexiares 0 points (+0|-0)

Yeah. My younger brother used to literally stand with the fridge door open, shovelling food into his mouth, that was okay. But it was a war just to get a cereal I liked – which my younger brother sat down and ate by himself the same day my mother brought it back from the grocery. I went through puberty eating brown bread and butter for two meals out of three. I'm praying my pancreas will forgive me.

[–] Tnetennba 0 points (+0|-0)

I would literally get the food yanked out of my hands. On several occasions it was handed directly to my brother.

[–] Killer_Danish 6 points (+6|-0)

Yeah, what I would have given to have a teenage male's metabolism...

[–] Stealthygal 5 points (+5|-0)

I feel like I should have one even now. Give me that ability to eat the room and be skinny please.

[–] proudcatlady 3 points (+3|-0)

I remember when I had a growth spurt my parents were frustrated with me for “eating too much” and “not leaving enough for everyone else.” Then when my younger brother went through it, suddenly I couldn’t say boo when he would literally gluttonously and mindlessly eat literally ENTIRE CONTAINERS of food to be shared because he’s “a growing boy.”

[–] shewolfoffrance 45 points (+45|-0)

I mean, sure. Puberty is hard and weird. But I bet grown men weren't cornering him after church for weird little chats.

[–] kalina 35 points (+35|-0)

I might be more sympathetic and interested in men's mental health if they could ever complain about something without trying to invalidate women's suffering in the same breath

[–] legopants 24 points (+24|-0) Edited

Lmaoooo except when a boner does happen during male puberty it's all "aw u can't help it don't be embarrassed (:" and if a girl bleeds even a tiny bit through her clothes or someone hears she's on her period she's disgusting and mocked

[–] yougonnabebleedin 22 points (+22|-0)

Is anyone sick of all the men whining and making everything about them like they are these complicated hard to understand creatures who suffer in silence. It used to be something I could ignore but now I'm just at the end of my rope and I want them all to shut the hell up

[–] legopants 16 points (+16|-0)

Men literally only bring up their supposed horrendous oppression when women talk about our actual oppression. They don't care about men at all they just want women to shut up.

[–] Boudicaea 8 points (+8|-0)

Also is natural puberty oppression?? I mean it is what it is, the only thing that is oppressive about it is the way people react. I remember boys being teased about boners only a few times, but men are horrible about it any time menstruation comes up.

[–] Dark_Mercy 21 points (+21|-0)

Yeah, then all the grown women would then start making creepy sexual comments and such at/about them. 🙄

[–] Southpaw 20 points (+20|-0)

Was that a sarcastic comment? How is growing taller, being hungry, and getting a boner comparable, to now you can carry a child in you, bleed once a month, and be weaker than half the population?

[–] Rag3 20 points (+20|-0)

The boners 🥺😫.

Give me a break.

[–] Boudicaea 16 points (+16|-0)

I'm sure it's embarrassing, but is it more embarrassing than having blood in your pants for a week at a time every month? Or no longer being able to run without your boobs bouncing painfully all over the place? I doubt it.

[–] KissMyOvaries 10 points (+10|-0)

I’m laughing because when I went through puberty, guys wore baggier pants. It’s their own damn fault for making skinny jeans the in style for males so that the erections are more obvious. (I’m probably showing my age but I think skinny jeans look ridiculous on men.)

[–] KBash 8 points (+8|-0)

Not really; everyone thinks skinny jeans look ridiculous on men.

[–] Jellyfishes [OP] 18 points (+18|-0)

There were also a few other comments, all of them complaining only about boners.

[–] JaneDoeIsDying 14 points (+14|-0) Edited

I think I would rather take obvious sexual arousal at ridiculous things (that half the class goes through too and the other half is taught to pander to it forever) over monthly menstruation, earlier (and therefore more confusing) puberty, the knowledge that for the rest of my life society is going to want me to cut off most of my natural hair and make myself look completely different in an attempt to appeal to the uncontrollable sexual arousal people and yes, STILL mood swings and bloody growing pains!

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