What would it be like if the world were not as it is, and what we are or have is turned over, inside out? If I were a man, would the world be indignant to me if I refuse to spare a seat to a lady? Would I be richer or more ruthlessly ambitious? What parts of the world would open up to me and which ones would eat me alive?
Of all the questions that could be asked, I can think of only two that matters: how would I see the world and how would the world see me.
If I were a man, the world would be a vast mine of opportunity to earn money. Perhaps, after college, I would feel more confident that I can get the job I want because men are still given better opportunities than women. This is true, although women nowadays can dream as much as men could. Willa Carther writes: “The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor” (Acocella 9).
If I were a man, I would think about the right time to settle down and quit fooling around. I would be preoccupied with how much I’m worth already and if it’s enough to keep a family. If I were a man, I would be more aggressive in getting what I want regardless of who I might step on. Anyway, I think whoever that may be would not mind because, if I were a man, I probably wouldn’t. It’s part of the game.
If I were a man it would be harder for me to express my feelings even to my buddies. I would probably try to dodge emotionally-taxing discussions and steer it to something I can handle, like football. I would find ways to divert my heartbreaking emotions to something that would conceal it for what it truly is because as they said, boys don’t cry.
Acocella, Joan. Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska
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