This goes for our male readers. If you were born a woman, how would you be different? Many of you may have already thought about the ideal traits and characteristics of the perfect woman, but this question is different—how would YOU be different as a woman?
In the process of shooting Tootsie, a 1982 movie about an unemployed actor with a reputation for being difficult who disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera, Dustin Hoffman asked this question to himself, and took it a step further by transforming himself to look like a woman. This process led him to the touching realization that he had been brainwashed about the concepts of women and beauty.
I think that placing yourself in another persons shoes can help bring out your understanding and compassion for others. When you experience life from another perspective, it melts away your notions and ideas about how someone should be, and you can see reality more clearly.
Watch this amazing interview with Dustin Hoffman about his realization that he had missed the chance of meeting many very interesting women because of his ideas of what interesting women should be like.