There are a lot of differences between men and women. That’s just basic biology, you know? Marketing and advertising loves to use gender as a way to get us to buy stuff. It works, but it’s also dumb. Did you know that men’s razors are cheaper than women’s razors? They’re literally the same thing, but women’s razors are usually pink or purple or light blue instead of a MANLY black or royal blue. Razors are more subtle examples of gendered products, but there are some very unnecessary ones.
There’s yogurt for men, earplugs for women and even pens for women. Pens! Because heaven forbid a woman uses a pen made for a man. We might break a nail! We’ve shared some with you before and more have come our way. I’m happy to share with you some more ridiculous and stupid gendered products:
While their tagline boasts, "Yoga mats for dudes. And women too," I just can't with the name. They also use "namaste" incorrectly, which irritates me as I deeply value my yoga practice. Anyway, I would LOVE a burrito yoga bag. I feel like I cannot have this yoga bag because of the name "Brogamats." I get it, they're trying to be ~*cOoL*~, but come on, dude. Anyone can use yoga mats, and they don't need to be gendered.
Glide Skin Protectant
Glide Skin Protectant is basically a stick that you rub on your body to prevent chafing and blisters. It's literally the same exact formula for men and women, but the women's packaging is pink and the men's is blue! I mean, how would we know which one to use if they weren't colored correctly?!
Dr. Pepper Ten
Dr. Pepper Ten was first marketed with the slogan "It's not for women." They had a commercial and everything boasting "only ten manly calories" and stating "You can keep the romantic calories and lady drinks!" SERIOUSLY? It's now being marketed as "bold" but still has "MANLY" commercials featuring a dude in the wilderness. Ugh.
Woman In Charge Headphones
I'm not gonna lie: I love cute headphones. I have some with unicorns on them that are just adorable. But these "Woman In Charge" headphones are absurd.
A company called French Meadow Bakery baked up Men's Bread. Bread exclusively for men! It's been developed for men and man stuff! WTF.
Honda She's Car
HAHAHA! Sorry. Okay. In 2012, Honda released a new model of the Honda FIT called "She's" for women. No, really. They released a car made for women. You can tell because it's pink. According to CNN, the car is "complete with numerous pink features, as well as a windshield and air conditioning that claims to help a woman's sensitive skin." Stop.
Planters NUT-rition For Men
Planters released a line of peanut mixes called NUT-trition that are based on science or something. They have a Men's Health mix for men. Peanuts for men. Because men can't have other peanuts? Or so women don't eat them? IDK help me out here.
Female Parking Spaces
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, announced female parking spaces in May. They're wider, longer, closer to elevators and pink. LOL because women can't park or walk far. The city is also apparently installing squishy sidewalks for women in heels. Really, this is happening.
Mammoth Iced Coffee For MEN
LOL what? The website says "Man. It used to be the best job title in the world." Are, are you serious? Wait, there's more: "Man has lost his place in the world and his place in the fridge. There are scarce few products we can call our own. At Mammoth Supply Company, we've decided to do something about this and offer something for men--no nonsense, fill-you-up iced coffee." It also says men should never share an umbrella with another man, can carry a bag but never a "man bag" and shouldn't spend hours grooming his facial hair. Oh, okay. Yeah, this company is just selling iced coffee, which has never been something that men couldn't drink before so...
Dog Shampoo For Him
As if we didn't have enough dumb gendered products for humans, the stupidity has since expanded to animal products as well. This is dog shampoo for MALE DOGS ONLY. The product describes a "contemporary expression of masculinity." Kay.
What do you think of these products? Do you think they’re ridiculous? Tell us in the comments!