When it comes to societal expectations, it’s well understood that women get the short end of the stick.
From makeup to body hair removal, all these extra activities that women are expected to do in order to appear “well groomed” don’t just cost us a pretty penny, they also take up a lot of time.
Fortunately, a new video from Glamour.com takes a closer look at the time gap between the sexes.
As you can see in the video, on average, men and women take about the same time to shower, brush their teeth, and wash their face. However, doing hair and make-up adds a significant amount of time to a woman’s daily routine.
Women also spend more time shopping for clothes – an average of two hours, compared to just 45 minutes for men.
Overall, the video calculated that it takes about 24 days, seven hours, and 40 minutes to “be a woman” over the course of one year.
On the flipside, dudes spend nine days, five hours, and 27 minutes preparing to be dudes.
Of course, women don’t have to do all these things, but let’s face it: there is a lot of pressure put on us to look a certain way, especially in the workforce. For example, a young Toronto woman was told in an email that she had to wear a “full face of makeup” to a job interview. Not to mention there are actual studies that tell us that women who wear makeup get paid more than their bare-faced counterparts.
So while mani-pedis and shopping trips might seem gratuitous, you can see why it might be more desirable for a lot of women to buy into these expectations rather than opt out.
But regardless of whether you do all these things regularly or not, it’s still interesting to see just how much time these grooming activities take up.
Some food for thought for all you dudes who complain about your ladyfriends’ taking too long to get ready.