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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5 months 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
5 months ago

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

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

The concept is good, but it should still be a family game. No need to make it just for girls.

Mohammad Abbas
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes! As a guy, I would absolutely love to play this version of jenga. It seems like a good icebreaker thing, too

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Katchen
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not “Jenga for Girls”: it’s part of a line of combo board games, like “Clue Guess Who” or “Twister Scrabble” that blend two popular games together. In this case, it blends the game Jenga with the game “Girl Talk.” Of course, the game Girl Talk is gendered, but this is not just pink Jenga.

Icarus Pendragon
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh.

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Jon S.
Community Member
5 months 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.

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
5 months ago

Please explain to me what questions like "what's your favourite website" or "who do you have a crush on" have to do with gender? What's YOUR favourite website? "Oh I cant possibly tell you that, IM A GUY!!"

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Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

Really? There are girls who really don't even like pink. Who thinks up this crap?

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
5 months ago

The original Jenga is good for boys and girls!

Martha Hubbs
Community Member
5 months ago

I have two grown daughters. We would have a blast playing this! Probably because alcohol would factor into the equation.

Colleen Coughlin
Community Member
5 months ago

Maybe smaller pieces for our dainty and delicate fingers

Whiterain25 furry
Community Member
5 months ago

nothing wrong with this one

electricskuller
Community Member
5 months ago

I think that there are questions on the blocks and you have to answer them as a part of the game

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
5 months ago

Again perpetuating the stupidity that boys don't talk to each other about things like "what is your one wish" or "who do you have a crush on"? I AM MAN! MUST NOT TALK! MUST ONLY GRUNT! GRRRRR!

Lex Ellyss
Community Member
5 months ago

And that's all girls have to talk about, too!

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Stephanie Blasyak
Community Member
5 months ago

Where's the locker room talk edition? Maybe nsfw

Jelena Putinja
Community Member
5 months ago

what is wrong with wooden one ? it's family game

JOY JACKSON
Community Member
5 months ago

IM sorry but jenga girl talk was my Sacred space my freinds and I would play this every day!

happyapple89
Community Member
5 months ago

For sleepovers?

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
5 months ago

In my experience, girls don't need any incentive to talk more.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok, this one is a bit much. However , most young girls would love this . I don't think anyone past their tweens would want this , and nobody would force them to buy it.

Deku
Community Member
5 months ago

Pink. Why pink.

Baali Venomax
Community Member
5 months ago

Ugh. Does anyone even btoher with Girltalk anymore? Wasnt this a fad that died off in the 90s?

Mónica Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Gender idiocy to its summit

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
5 months ago

I dont like how girls have pink... i would wasn’t blue

El Dee
Community Member
5 months ago

Of course, as we all know, girls CAN'T use a product unless it is pink, those are the rules..FS!

Kostas
Community Member
5 months ago

so you are telling me that all the girls in the world have same topics to talk about as boys do? wow. why do they hide it from us?

Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

I think they could come up with something better than "girl talk" and then they could market it to a wider audience. Truth or Dare perhaps

Jon Davis
Community Member
5 months ago

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Hermione, so they can't make toys specific ? I think it's called having options, if my daughter had that game I'd play it with her, BOOM family game !

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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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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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Ed Souza
Community Member
5 months ago

I can only imagine the outrage if they made this for women... still funny, I would buy this one as a gag gift.

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Lingon
Community Member
5 months ago

Hen eggs and rooster eggs?

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Wietse Pot
Community Member
5 months ago

Goes great with men spread

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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 😉
Community Member
5 months 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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Niito
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this a real toy? Is it played as the usual one?

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The bible is one of the most misogynistic books on the planet. It states that a women who has a female child is twice as unclean as a woman that has a male child. It says that if a woman is raped and they are found, the rapist must pay the father some shekels and they must be married. I don't know many women that want to marry their rapist. Just a sickening, disgusting anti-woman book. Evil garbage filth.

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Johane Moller
Community Member
5 months 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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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

Some women have beard's too

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

Now this kind of gendering of products is problematic. Just making a blue and pink product isn't gendering, but this is just really icky and not the way boys and girls should be taught to think about themselves.

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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm also a shoe

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Dirk Daring
Community Member
5 months ago

Point made on this one, but at least they didn't add the pink tax.

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Thiago Meira
Community Member
5 months ago

Not gendered. Just seriously pink

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

Stunning, nonetheless!

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

There are no words....

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
5 months ago

So what’s women size?

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
5 months ago

Cards against humanity brought out the “for her” set as a jab at the “pink tax”. Maybe have a read up on it.

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months 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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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

NO FAIR~! I WANT ONE WITH BURGER KING ON THE GIRLS SIDE!!! >:{

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Rhea Hambum
Community Member
5 months ago

Fucks sake

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Craptavaganza
Community Member
5 months ago

The bible already is just for boys/men.

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Dirk Daring
Community Member
5 months ago

Every person who has never found their name printed on a souvenir is really ticked at Eetu right now.

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