We all know the sutra where Buddha explains how rare a human rebirth is, and even harder to be reborn as a man. (Can't find it now)
I've been thinking about this, (needless to say
It raises the question if it is really a "less fortunate" rebirth to be reborn as a privileged, beautiful, rich and intelligent woman, born into favorable surroundings, or an ugly, unintelligent man, born into, let's say, a ghetto. Or the third world.
Or how about the Butler who serves a rich woman?
Or the underprivileged man who goes to the army, goes to war and gets severe wounds which maim and cripple him for the rest of his life?
I can't help it, but I would rather be a woman then. It seems the 'better' incarnation then, where gender is secondary, doesn't it?