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This might sound like a lot of fatuous nonsense, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between my experience of the world, versus the typical experience that a girl or woman might have. I hadn’t given it much thought until recently, but if I had I probably wouldn’t have thought it was really all that different. But recently it has been brought home to me that this is not necessarily true. Maybe not true in the least.
What happened is this: in conversation with my daughter, she explained how conscious she is, every time she walks down the street (NYC or Washington, usually), of the presence of any men that she will have to go past, and even more so of any who might be following her. This is more true in the evening or night time, but the day time is different only in degree. Depending on the situation, she might also be thinking about escape routes, should that be required.
No doubt I was naive ever to think otherwise, but I was really shocked. Stunned. Gobsmacked. What a revelation, for a guy like me (very tall, about 200 pounds), who walks anywhere with hardly a thought for who else might be on the street, no matter the hour or the neighborhood! I think guys in general walk around the world like they own it — which they do, to a large extent — and not like a potential target.
As for me, I’ve bee dabbling with crossdressing for the last several months, in a very small way — panties, a couple of tank tops, a pair of midi-length culottes. But as I’ve dabbled, I’ve become more conscious that dressing up as a woman is no more than cos-play, if there isn’t something going on inside as well. I might feel “girly” when I put those culottes on over my panties, but I’m very far from being a girl, and I can only think, very far from feeling what a girl would feel.
So what I’m wondering about is: what else am I missing? Lots, I’m sure. So how can I get more clued-in to a girl’s or woman’s headspace? Maybe there are women’s magazines it would be helpful to read? Which ones? Of course, conversations with wife and daughter will occur from time to time, but I don’t want to make it their job to educate me. What else can I do on my own, to get a little more into female “headspace”?
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