JEFF PEARLMAN

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Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

Just a few seconds ago, while listening to Pandora Radio in the background, my ears absorbed the 1999 Shania Twain song, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

It’s not a bad tune, really. I mean, it’s upbeat and catchy and you’ll find the music lingering in your skull long after it concludes. But, even since first hearing it back in the day, I’ve been convinced it contains, without much debate, the worst line in recorded music history …

“The best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun.”

I’m not a woman, and I’ve never been a woman. But I’m quite certain the “have a little fun” prerogative isn’t reserved for females. I’d also argue the best thing about being a woman isn’t the prerogative to have a little fun. Nope, it’s the unspoken rule that men have to pay for the first date and most ensuing outings. I mean, that’s pretty amazing. I also think the ability to have kids trumps the prerogative to have a little fun. And a life expectancy that beats men by a solid three years. And some pretty outstanding shoe options.

Alas, none of that rhymes.