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I love pink and glitter as much as the next person, but I don’t need everything that I own, including razors, power tools and underwear, to be exuding femininity. I just want them to work well and not cost twice as much as the versions designed for men!

Women on Reddit have recently been calling out all of the products and procedures they have to deal with that were clearly designed by men for women. From the discomfort of getting a mammogram or IUD to the frustration of trying to find comfortable clothes that actually fit properly, you’re likely to relate to many of the replies down below if you’re a woman. But regardless of your gender, enjoy scrolling through and be sure to upvote the things you find most infuriating!

#1

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Abortion laws.

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Candace
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2 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Say it louder for those in the back! Women often end up with the responsibility of raising children, and we should get to choose whether we want a child or not!

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#2

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Every single gyno procedure and lack of pain meds given for it.

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Deb M.F.
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

uterine biopsy without any local anesthesia. Its literally cutting a piece of your uterus out

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#3

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Most women's shoes are shaped to be long, thin and pointy.

My feet are not long, thin and pointy, **they are** **foot-shaped**, and shoe shopping is a*s.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My gf has to buy mostly shoes made for men, bc her feet are wider than the typical shoes for women.

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#4

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Someone PLEASE put more belt loops on my work pants!

Oh, and NORMAL pockets, please and thankyou.

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Indosidius
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still maintain that the female pocket is deliberately small to keep the handbag business going. I don't believe the fashion designers that claim it destroys the line of the clothing...

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#7

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Sports bras and their removable pads.

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Candace
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then when they get tangled up in the washing machine and you have to squeeze them back in through that tiny opening...

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#8

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Button down shirts that don't account for breasts and if you CAN button it all the way up you have these huge gaps and stretching between the buttons.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a dress shirt once that had a button on the inside as well, to help prevent the gap right across the boobs. It was great! More of that please

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#9

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Women's Genital Wash. Summers Eve, for example, is a modern brand. The vagina is self-cleaning. The fragrances and chemicals in these washes can cause infections. Do not wash inside your vagina! Water only.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the longest time, I thought it was specially designed to be gentle enough to wash pubic hair, not the actual genitalia.

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#10

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Women's power tools. They are just a pink version of the men's tools, or they are just a less powerful version.

No redesign of the weight, shape, or grip size to make them easier to hold for our body shapes, just a pink tax.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest, I never saw pink tools for women, where can they be bought?

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#11

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Car seat belts. Mine slips up all the time, and I have it on the lowest setting. I am 5'4" tall. So uncomfortable.

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#12

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Maternity leave.

I’m in the US where you’re lucky to have it and even if you do there are often ridiculous stipulations like, leave starting only when you go into labor.

There’s no way a system where the expectation is that 100% of women will be able to work until a baby literally begins to fall out of them was designed by a woman.

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#13

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Birth control - because most women even nowadays still don't know it is perfectly safe not to get a period when you are on it. The 7 day pill gap was invented by men and priests back in the day so the pill would look like it keeps the normal cycle. IT does not and you don't need a period when you are on the pill.

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CK
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YMMV. You can definitely skip a few bleeds, but many women find that staining starts to happen at a certain point, and I'm not absolutely certain, but I think there is some concern of increased risk of uterine cancer eventually.

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#14

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women All obgyn vaginal procedures. BARBARIC.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I 100% agree. I wish they would listen to the person who owns, and can feel said vagina.

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#15

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Ok, this is niche, but I hate it whenever I go to sit at a bar and there are no hooks under the bar. Double points if the stools don't have a back where I can loop my purse/coat over the seat back, and I am stuck piling my purse and/or coat in my lap. Same for public restrooms - pleaseee put a hook on the door so I'm not precariously balancing my purse on my lap or worse on the floor.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

UGH THIS we need hooks on the bathroom doors PLEASE I don't want to put my purse on the floor, which btw is where all the germs go when it flushes 🤮🤮

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#16

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Razors. I just buy the regular man-version if I wanna use a razor.

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#17

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Whoever designed auto-flushing toilets. The damn thing is throwing sewage water on the back of my thighs before I can get my pants up. Wtaf?!?!.

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#18

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Wasn’t there some guys on shark tank or something like it that made gloves for women to use to change their menstrual products? They were single use and pink or something?.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only a man would think of this..... we women are in the habit of washing our hands when use the restroom... most guys don't!

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#19

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women When you get a needle biopsy, you have to lie on a cold formica table with a sharp edged hole w yr breast dangling through it. The first time I had to do this, we (me, women docs and nurses) all commented on the terrible design of the thing.

When I has another needle biopsy a few years later, the table had been redesigned. It was now pink. ❤️.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That always drives me nuts: "let's make something for women: make it pink!". Clothes, camping gear, tools, guns...

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#20

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women The chainsaw. I wish I never knew this fact.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was initially supposed to be used to cut open the pelvic bone to assist with child birth. Barbaric, and I am a man, so I can only think how much worse it must be for women....

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#21

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Every public restroom I've been to that doesn't have a little trash receptacle in the stall. Having to walk your soiled sanitary products to the main trash in the handwashing area is adding insult to injury when periods suck enough. .

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They did it at my work, when building new restrooms. They forgot that women would appreciate a little bin in the toilet-stall for used period products (and not to walk to the general bin close to the sinks). It took them "only" half a year to "fix" that issue. Unfortunately the toilet-stalls are so narrow that you can't really place a bin in them. Now it is a constantly shuffling to open/close the door 🤗

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“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women There is a patent for labia glue that dissolves when you pee on it do use while on your period to hold the blood in. A male chiropractor invented and tried to sell it. So that.

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#23

Scented pads, especially mint "flavoured" ones.

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2 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Scented tampons are even worse, mostly purchased by people who think they're buying regular tampons and don't necessarily know scented tampons even exist. Because they shouldn't exist. Fragrance ingredients don't serve their purpose inside the vagina, and they can be very irritating.

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“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women PPE. Unisex fit my a*s

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Once needed to wear security footwear for my job. The standard issue steel-nosed boots were so wide that one slipped off my foot while climbing some metal stairs and made me fall, causing a security incident. They bought me woman's security shoes after that.

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#25

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women I had a baby and we used bottles to administer formula. The numbers and oz indicator lines were in white.

WHITE.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ What color do they think breast milk is??

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“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Tampons, considering they didn't think to test them with actual blood until last year.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What? No. Tampons were originally plugs used to fill bullet holes in WW1. Nurses saw them, figured out they could have other uses and things went from there.

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#28

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Sports shorts
Search for it on google and add men or women and see the difference.

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#30

“Scented Pads”: 30 Things That Were Clearly Designed By Men For Women Hiking backpacks with a breast strap.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The strap is supposed to go OVER the breasts along the collarbone. It's usually adjustable in height.

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