10 Unnecessarily Gendered Products That Will Make You Laugh (Or Cry)

The other day I was scrolling through Tumblr (as usual) and I came across a post that highlighted ear plugs that were marketed toward women, complete with a flowery design on the package and assurance that the plugs provided the ultimate level of comfort. Because, as we all know, women are soft lil’ pillows of fluff, unlike men who are burly and can withstand even the mightiest earplugs.

Or something like that…

By now I’m sure  you’ve seen products marketed towards boys and girls signified with pink or blue color schemes, but the lengths that companies will go to appeal to their male or female demographic go far and beyond the color wheel. From yogurt (brogurt?) to shampoo, check out these 10 examples of some seriously unnecessarily gendered products. Please join us in the hilarity for some laughs before they subside into tears.

Do any of these make sense to you? What other ridiculous products have you seen that are marketed toward men and women in stupid ways? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Hzle

    “Because, as we all know, women are soft lil’ pillows of fluff, unlike men who are burly and can withstand even the mightiest earplugs”

    Well to be fair you just made that up. Nobody claimed that for a minute.

    I can’t imagine better evidence (if it were needed) that feminism is struggling for issues to get excited about. They have to pick on these tiny unimportant things that affect no one, & change no attitudes whatsoever.

    Then it’s time to watch the sophistry as they try to misrepresent pink earplugs as some terrible injustice! Feminism is truly digging its own grave.

  • Rebecca

    Oh. My. God. Get over it. I get it, you’re a hard core feminist but you are way too sensitive to these types of things! WHO CARES IF THE SCENTED RAZORS ARE AIMED AT GIRL CUSTOMERS?! Who cares if a bacon scented candle is called a “mandle”? No one does. The ones who do are taking this whole gender roles thing too seriously. Honestly, I think all of you are reading too much into things and I don’t think these companies are purposely trying to hurt girl’s (like you) feelings. I just want to bring up the stupidity of your ear-plug point. Would you rather buy hard earplugs that don’t fit because they are too big, or softer, smaller earplugs? It’s not a hard question. I would buy the softer, more comfortable ones and I’m sure you would to. It has nothing to do with us being “fragile”. I could go on and on about this. Your posts are making me visit gurl.com less and less often. It’s a shame too, because I used to love this website. Damn.

  • Brookiecookie

    Some aren’t so bad. Besides, it’s not lke you have to or can’t buy things based on your gender. I have used girly razors, but my favorite that I use? A guys razor.

  • MonsterYuna

    Hey those ear plugs do look comfortable though lol

  • Olivia75

    okay I get what your trying to say but at the same time who gives a damn like the world is what it is and its not going to change just because someone doesn’t agree… I mean that’s obvious i feel like company’s do what they need to sell things and I mean who know’s maybe girls like bacon scented candell’s too… LOL XD

    • Ida

      I agree with everything you are saying. Brands do everything to sell their products so it is no surprise that they do these types off things. Some of these aren’t even that bad. Of course it good to break away from the gender roles, but who is forcing you to wear that Halloween costume and who says that women can’t buy bacon scented candles? The names are funny and the products seem good, it’s all based on what you prefer and you choose the products that appeal to you. 🙂

  • cooldude070

    costume stores are unbeliveble!!!

  • Jillian

    I get what the author’s trying to put out there. The stuff like the Brogurt and the Halloween costumes are ridiculous. My dad loves yogurt. But some of these products, like the doodle books, aren’t that far out there.

  • Emma

    Ok, so the earplugs are ridiculous. But some of the others aren’t that bad. When I was younger, I would have loved that doodle pad for girls – I was always drawing flowers all over things. Yet I can see why the ‘for girls’ and ‘for boys’ label might be better removed. On the other hand, the tropical scented razors are marketed at women because women, in general, like that sort of thing more than men. It doesn’t mean women HAVE to buy it,or HAVE to like it, or even that men CANT buy it. If you don’t want to buy a tropical scented razor, don’t buy a tropical scented razor, and that is fine. However, for most other objects, I completely agree with the author’s view.

  • knowitall

    I can’t believe how ignorant people are….

  • DaynaMarie

    I hate when tools are made in pink to attract women to them. I was at Sears recently and found a whole section full of pink tools, from hammers to power drills. Not only do I find the thought of women needing pink tools ridiculous, they are usually off brands that are of a lower quality than normal tools. If someone else wants a pink drill, I guess that’s their choice, but I’ll stick to my gender neutral, yellow drill.