Who has it easier? What's the most frustrating part for you?
Most Helpful Guy
By far women have it easier in MOST aspects.
The average woman is better looking than the average man (both sexes tend to agree on this).
Men are traditionally expected to approach women when it comes to dating. Because of this many women feel they shouldn't have to go out of their way to approach as guys are expected to approach them. Nowadays there are some women who go out of their way to approach guys, but all of those guys are relatively handsome (or fall in a fetish category, astonishing as that is to hear). However, guys will often approach even plain girls if something about them raises a spark of interest.
Risk vs Rewards:
Since men are expected to approach they have to look their best in order to receive favor. If you are an average looking guy who cold approaches a lady, she is PROBABLY going to reject you because you LOOK average, and most women are only interested in finding one man in their life and sticking with him (meaning they only care about first class, top-of-the-line guys in terms of starting a romantic partnership with). Only handsome guys can pull off the cold approach without having some sort of history with the girl. Most guys know they will face rejection. Women who do not approach do not have to fear rejection (as such they have none of the risk but can reap all of the rewards of a relationship). They just have to decide whether to press the rejection button. As a result, for the average Joe a history of being an awesome friend is a mandatory prerequisite to starting a relationship.
HOWEVER, there is one field where men do not have to worry as much...
In terms of fashion, there aren't nearly as many powers or responsibilities for men as there are for women. Men's fashion is very limited, so he just has to wear a suit or appropriate clothing that looks good and fix or mess-up his hair (if he's not bald). For women there are so many different ways to dress and wear hair it's astounding and confusing. But honestly, this is about the gist of where men have it easier in terms of dating.1