What do you look for when you’re choosing a product? Let’s say the product is something essential but banal, for example, a toothbrush. Do you want it to work how it’s supposed to and be comfortable to use? Obviously. Do you want it to be a color you like? Sure. Admittedly not relevant to how it works, but you do see it several times a day, after all. Do you want it to make you feel like a real man or a woman?

Probably not what most of us think of while we’re brushing our teeth every morning, but apparently, advertisers say yes. Here are some products that we don’t think anyone asked for gendered versions of, as found by people on Twitter.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

If you want to make pink binoculars for people who like pink, that's fine! But gendering binoculars is so unnecessary and stupid

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

well, the women's one is usually narrower, but has more space in the...breast area. at least the mine one has.

Sarah James
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually because studies have shown that women and men lose body heat in different locations on their body. Women specific sleeping bags have different warmth padding in those locations. And the cut is different.

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Ize86
Community Member
1 year ago

Womens Sleeping bags usually have more insulated legroom because women often are cold at the feet area...

Jyri Hakola
Community Member
1 year ago

The differences might be unnecessary if you use sleeping bags mainly in summer and on local festivals. Below freezing temperatures you start to value the fact that those are cut and tailored different way to minimize heat loss. Especially if you are hiking and you don't want to carry extra weight due just in case insulation But even on summer and on festivals you may value that fact that often zippers are on the women's bags on opposite edges and designed in the way that bags can be combined ;)

Caleya Delta
Community Member
1 year ago

Super interesting! I have only used mine for summer camping trips. Thanks for the info :)

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Nora Ask
Community Member
1 year ago

This is legit. Women's are usually warmer and wider around the hips. It annoyed me when I was shopping for one, but looking into it it actually makes sense.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 year ago

Women tend to be shorter than men, on average, so there may actually be a difference in the length.

Matt Kennedy
Community Member
1 year ago

The men's one looks to be broader in the shoulders and the women's looks to be narrower - in the first photo - this is correctly marketed to different sexes.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

And some things that are pink they sell for more money. Because supposedly women will pay more. it's called the pink tax or is that taxes on tampons that should go away any way I saw an article on it. Pink and blue things side by side exactly the same except for color and the pink one geared toward women would be higher.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

Another legit sizing difference.

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 year ago

i think all of them should be in vivid colors, to be easily spotted...

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
1 year ago

The length may also be a bit different.

Kristen Rahner
Community Member
4 months ago

This one does actually have a difference! The women's accommodates for curves in the hips and chest while being narrower overall

Dóri Víg
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually, it is good to have different types of sleeping bags. Maybe it does not appear to matter at more comfortable temperatures, but when you sleep in extreme cold it is important to have a shorter, narrower sleeping bag, so your body can heat it up.

HOT CHOCOLATE <3
Community Member
5 months ago

theyre the same?

Rosanna Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

https://www.outsideonline.com/2322396/size-womens-specific-sleeping-bags The tiniest bit of research proves this is bs. Incidentally it keeps proving it after lengthy research

Rosanna Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

No offence taken @hawkeye and @fullname. No offence meant when I point out that my comments are based on actual evidence as a person with similar height to men, whereas yours is based on assumptions of body types you cannot possible have empirical evidence for given your "non-outlier" average body. Also, the number one researcher on outdoor gear confirms its about size not gender. https://www.outsideonline.com/2322396/size-womens-specific-sleeping-bags

jevais
Community Member
1 year ago

Not stupide at all. Women are Not shaped like men, That, s why they, re made for différent gendereds.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

Actual reality physical differences for a snug and warm fit? Men and women have somewhat slightly different physiology, live with it...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
1 year ago

Is there a difference here--besides the fact that the 'women's' is more expensive, that is?

Salla Ruotsalo
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't unnecessary. Woman's body usually needs more room for breasts and hips, and gets cold easier. For colder climates those sleeping bags are gold.

Rick Drew
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously? This is like saying jeans should not come in mens and womens. The fit is different on these bags.

Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd want more room in the hip area!

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously? Because guys CANNOT like the color red, and there are NO tall girls, right?? If it has to do with size, then just label them the different sizes! Nonsensical!

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

If one is for women and the other is for men, shouldn't the bag zip up on the opposite side? (Right over left vs left over right.)

Pacifico Fernandez
Community Member
1 year ago

this one makes sense, my sleeping bag is small size, also women and men feel the cold differently and the comport temperature is with different values. This is not repression

Matthew Denis
Community Member
1 year ago

Temperature ratings are different for women too.

Kimberley McMillan
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugh I hate those kinds of sleeping bags. They're claustrophobic.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I just can't see a difference.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 year ago

I find this one hilarious. They're completely the same thing 🤣 I think this is just a marketing tactic. People like to think the things they own are specialized for them.

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Honestly, this one isn't so stupid. I can see that men and women may need different cuts and such to fit their bodies. This one gets a pass. -- so long as they're both the same price.

WillemPenn
Community Member
1 year ago

Red for the woman because she is so angry about all this sexist shit? And blue for the man to match his lifeless face for buying something so sexist?

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Jon S.
Community Member
1 year ago

I get this one, in that it has added value over regular jenga with the talking points on the bricks. It's not a stretch to say girls and boys would probably find different questions more or less interesting. It also transforms it from a strictly competitive game to a social one, which tends to appeal to girls more.

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Nobody is saying that selling things in a variety of designs is bad—people have different likes and dislikes and we would be bored if everything only came in brown. But is it any wonder why so many girls end up resenting pink and floral patterns when that’s the one look that advertisements and toy packaging tell them they should be choosing, while boys are encouraged to play with toys in red, green, black, and pretty much every other color?

For adults, who have had their whole lives to get to know their own preferences, it seems shallow and infantilizing. And when design comes at the expense of functionality, like pink glue or more fragile razors, it goes from uncomfortable to insulting.

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Miłka Chromińska
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally a product for me, I've had enough of using men's shampoo, apricots have delicate hair you know. We need specially formulated shampoos :D

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

well, sometimes it is better to sort is this way. it is because of herbs inside. better than call it "tea-against-menstruation-pain", or "tea-for-those-who-has-prostate-gland-troubles". this is a better version, i think

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Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder if it's a play on words. Hand and Man. Still makes little sense tho unless it actually explodes...

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Then there’s the opposite phenomenon, when marketers think things should be designated “for men” because apparently it’s not manly in the first place to use soap, eat bread, or have a cup of tea (chili in tea... I didn't know there was something effeminate about drinking things that taste good and don’t hurt.)

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Lingon
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1 year ago

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Dogs are loving, cute, dependable and are gladl to make the bed, men are not. It's a cat bowl.

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Lingon
Community Member
1 year ago

Hen eggs and rooster eggs?

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
1 year ago

The wheat is masculine

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To be fair, some products are gendered because of average shape and size measurements or nutritional requirements based on sex. Even in those cases, though, what do we get out of labeling them “for men” or “for women” before said sizing or nutritional benefits? That just confuses and embarrasses people whose needs fall outside of those averages, because our proportions and chemistry vary a lot even within the biological categories of male and female. Further polarizing products by putting nuts and bolts or flowers and glitter on the package adds another uncomfortable layer by conflating our personalities and likes with those physical parameters.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago (edited)

This one doesn’t specifically say any gender. There is nothing wrong with having a choice of pink plane or blue plane. Some people (whether girl or boy like pink and others like blue).

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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

i have a feeling it's less scary than an actual board -_-

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
1 year ago

Lass wipes

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The American Marketing Association has observed that younger consumers are beginning to scoff at advertising that leans on gender, and recommends that brands focus on advertising “what a product is for rather than whom it is for.”

They say that brands could learn more about their consumer base’s habits and do better business by removing gendered marketing that could sway consumers away from products not traditionally associated with their gender, and embracing marketing that presents their products in a positive light for any consumer.

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sunshine_20
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Honestly, this isn't gendered, this is just two different types of products, with different characters/design.

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 year ago

These are just different colors, not gender-oriented. Am I not seeing something?

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Rita Frost
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh I dunno, less smiting is always good, and I could do with that loaves and fishes recipe.

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Johane Moller
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't really gendered it's colored. Only if you assign blue to boys and pink to girls can you say it's really gendered. As it doesn't say 'for boys' or 'for girls' on the packaging. I would've probably liked this as a child.

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Christophe Beunens
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a shaving mirror. So unless you are a bearded lady, this is correctly titled.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

And this is how children are manipulated to think about themselves.

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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm also a shoe

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Axel Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

you do know that they are different products

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Thiago Meira
Community Member
1 year ago

Not gendered. Just seriously pink

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 year ago

Stunning, nonetheless!

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
1 year ago

There are no words....

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
1 year ago

So what’s women size?

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WillemPenn
Community Member
1 year ago

It's Cards Against Humanity. Totally appropriate for it to be unnecessarily gendered. Have you never played?

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Again, I don't really think this is gendered...? Some kids like to play with the rockets and planes while others like to play with the astronauts. I think it's really cool that there's a female astronaut doll and nowhere does it say that it's for girls or that the other one is for boys

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visvalin Vamadevan
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1 year ago

Home Depot?

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Rhea Hambum
Community Member
1 year ago

Fucks sake

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Rita Frost
Community Member
1 year ago

No men in dresses then. Ooops.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is from my country and this is really stupid gendering based on the names, I would've hated a pink toothbrush as a kid

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