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
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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
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5 months ago

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

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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

Carol Emory
Community Member
5 months ago

Getting too detailed can make the product undesirable. Besides the fact that you don't need to advertise your medical issues to everyone that can see the box at the checkout line. It's called being discrete.

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Carol Emory
Community Member
5 months ago

There's actually a purpose behind this. The women's tea promotes estrogen health, bone density and calmness for stress. Them men's promotes healthy testosterone levels, memory wellness and gastrointestinal wellness. You wouldn't want a woman drinking a tea that promotes higher testosterone levels, would you?

Brivid
Community Member
5 months ago

I understand but they should explain. Otherwise I'll just walk right by it not realizing what it is for.

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Jay Loren
Community Member
5 months ago

This actually does make sense and has nothing to do with what someone thinks they are. Different herbs have been used for the different S E X E S for thousands of years because we have different "parts".

Peter Bear
Community Member
5 months ago

This is actually a quite sensible gendering, given that each tea is supposedly formulated to address different gender-related medical issues. Whether they actually work or not, I can't say, but the intent is clear enough. Women don't have prostates, men don't menstruate. So the gendering of the products, in this case, is appropriate.

Ben Harbach
Community Member
5 months ago

Also concerning is why do they come in a pack of 17?

Mark Serbian
Community Member
5 months ago

At least they're the same price ...

JesT
Community Member
5 months ago

no pink tax on tea

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Mo Poppins
Community Member
5 months ago

Well...men and women do differ hormonally, so....

Linda Robinett
Community Member
5 months ago

Some supplements are different such as mulivitamins so this one makes sense.

Cevio
Community Member
5 months ago

same price, i think thats a good thing :D

Cindy Snow
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah this one might be more about hormones

J. Normal
Community Member
5 months ago

How about "spicy" and "calming".

Caitlin Bagnall
Community Member
5 months ago

it seems that they think we cant handel chili

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
5 months ago

Both teas have traditional ingredients that are gender specific. You can see that on the box.

Mo Poppins
Community Member
5 months ago

You know how traditionally, scientific experiments were only performed on male test subjects? We’ve discovered that in certain instances, it DID matter because men and women ARE different. I’m all for freedom and equality, but let’s not overcompensate or fail to recognize when we’re biologically or chemically different.

Eduardo Del Cerro
Community Member
5 months ago

Explanation from the tea company here: https://www.yogitea.com/en/womens-tea-and-mens-tea/

Baali Venomax
Community Member
5 months ago

I think this is something that is specific to the male or female metabolism.

Blueberry Woofle
Community Member
5 months ago

IT'S JUST TEA

Hawkeye
Community Member
5 months ago

Men's tea ad: "Because I like my tea to taste like Old Spice and combat boots"

A Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

Ah yes the spicy man tea. Bruh what’s this BS I would prefer an orange tea over chili tea

Colleen Coughlin
Community Member
5 months ago

This one actually makes sense....I'm sure it's two very different blends

1337
Community Member
5 months ago

Makes sense, it's because of the content. Same with vitamin pills. Men and women require different content.

EeveeCatStudios YT
Community Member
5 months ago

This aint mah cup o tea

Linda Sellers
Community Member
5 months ago

Are you friggin kidding. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
5 months ago

Some herbs are better for the female body and visa versa. Like rosemary leaf tea has benefits for women during menstruation, sure men can drink it too.

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
5 months ago

This doesn't deserve to be in the list. It is perfectly legitimate to put different herbs into a tea aimed at either men or women. For instance, different types of ginseng are better for one sex than the other.

Super Hero Fan Girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Herbs for the ovaries

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, this would be because the herbal properties are aimed at gender specific biological issues

Karen Klinck
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the only valid one so far.

Deku
Community Member
5 months ago

Wtf

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
5 months ago

Notice the "manly" and "feminine" style in the cups, too. Personally I like a nice sturdy mug, I'm clumsy and the dainty ones don't hold up well, lol.

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

this is a thing for a reason. they have teas for period issues, menopause issues and men's issues, like prostate

sneakcollector
Community Member
5 months ago

At least same price. Equally paid....

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF???

Bored Moogle
Community Member
5 months ago

At least they're the same price.

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
5 months ago

Why are they giving tea a gender

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
5 months ago

Chili and ginger? I want to drink tea to calm myself and you put two spicy things in it? Why gender label it are they sure all men and women likes that? Maybe just leave it without that so people can just pick which ever they like.

Rani Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

This is over the top.

Rebekah
Community Member
5 months ago

Totally expected the Women's Tea to be $5 more.

Elizabeth Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

At least they are the same price

Maya Baggins
Community Member
5 months ago

At least the price is the same

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF!

Ben Churchill
Community Member
5 months ago

What, adding chili makes it for men? LOL

tuzdayschild
Community Member
5 months ago

This one makes sense.

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

It's "Organic"

Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

Sorry to all you PC folks, but different herbs/teas actually contain hormones such as estrogen. So, yes, there are medicinal teas that are made specifically for women, or for men. And if you are the other gender you will get sick from drinking the wrong one.

louis porter
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5 months ago

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Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
5 months ago

Dafuq!? This is utter BS.. I know some women that are even more men than some men and vice versa... Get a grip...

Stacie Wyatt
Community Member
5 months ago

maybe menstruation tea would be a better name lol

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
5 months ago

"Get ya hands off my tea, BITCH!"

Ananas
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd buy the men's one on principle

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
5 months ago

What???!!! I'm just hoping they sell blue and pink mugs nearby because otherwise how could we even drink it?

pebs
Community Member
5 months ago

Never seen this sort of things in Europe.

Kostas
Community Member
5 months ago

Now and then we receive the question “why YOGI TEA® has created Women’s and Men’s Tea?”. “It is just a marketing trick!” – This is what many people think. We forwarded the question to SAT HARI SINGH and hope, his explanation can help. The world is based on the principle of polarity, which is reflected in its various aspects by the many wisdom teachings that also include the philosophy of Ayurveda and yoga: Shakti/Shiva – Prakriti/Purusha – Yin/Yang – Moon/Sun – material world/spirit – or simply… woman/man. Life is not conceivable without these polarities. Both aspects of a polarity are contained in every living being to different extents. The creation is only complete when these two polarities complement each other.

Kostas
Community Member
5 months ago

In yoga and Ayurveda, man and woman are definitely seen as equals who wonderfully express their respective special characteristics of beauty through their body, their nature and their being. The polarity of man and woman is one of the essential principles of these philosophies since men and women are ultimately very different in their anatomies. Ayurveda is familiar with many herbs and spices that can delight the female or male nature. YOGI TEA® has composed the corresponding teas for women and men. Based on experience, we know that these teas are also popular with tea lovers of the other gender. So it is obvious that everyone can enjoy them. Another question is also, what does the essence of Women’s Tea really mean. The sentence “Deep compassion” is related to the power of feel compassion for other people. We hope that this background information has helped you.

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Mal
Community Member
5 months ago

The women's tea should be priced less, since we get paid less.

El Dee
Community Member
5 months ago

What UTTER garbage! Tea is just...tea!

Jonathan James
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't see a problem with this one. In the UK tea is actually adapted for parts of the country, depending on taste, type of water etc. I'm sure there's something to back up men and women are preferential to a certain type/strength. If your not British you won't understand!

Hilliary Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

In which case label it with the type and strength, as I would find that more helpful when trying to choose.

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me
Community Member
5 months ago

Women's tea better come with a whole lotta Xanax in it.

Janus Preez
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5 months ago

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Real men don't drink tea

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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
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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
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5 months ago

Stunning, nonetheless!

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Hermione Granger
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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 😉
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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
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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
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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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