Hi, I am new to the forum. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about
a year ago and have had flares off and on, and I am currently in a flare. I have some feelings about
the illness that I am curious if other people share my point of view.
While the physical pain aspects of ulcerative colitis are horrible, I would honestly say that the emotional aspects are just as bad. Now, I do not know how guys feel about the subject, but I find that being a reasonably young woman with this disease is horrible. There seems to be a double standard about woman going to the bathroom vs men going to the bathroom. A while ago I typed into "Do women" into Google, and the second dropdown option was "Do women poop", meaning a large amount of people were curious about this. People are in denial that women do in fact poop.
I think a large reason that society is like this is because women are stereotypically more associated with flowers and candy and that sort. They are graceful and feminine or strong and sexy. The thought of a woman squatting to relieve herself destroys the image many boys picture. Having ulcerative colitis in a world like this is difficult. I want to feel beautiful. I want to feel strong. But it is almost impossible to know that I singlehandedly ruin the image of women that men would rather have.
I would love to hear a man's opinion. I do not mean to say that woman have it harder or anything. There probably are aspects of the male side of ulcerative colitis that I am unaware of.