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

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Falcon
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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.

AlphaPuck
Community Member
5 months ago

Not gonna lie... I would use this...

Alex Call
Community Member
5 months ago

Same!

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Patrick James
Community Member
5 months ago

That's pretty derogatory

Karen Klinck
Community Member
4 months ago

Reminds me of a cartoon of Han Solo with a bowl and spoon, and Chewbacca standing behind him holding a bag labelled 'human chow'. It's a gag gift, showing up (like all the other stuff you don't need) at Christmas.

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Lea Springstead
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is he not smashing his face into the food?

Jo Bebe
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol 😂

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Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is the guy shown using a spoon? Obviously he should be eating out of it just with his mouth.

OhForSmegSake
Community Member
5 months ago

It's for when he's in the doghouse

Linda Gonzales
Community Member
5 months ago

Finally, someone else understood this!!

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A Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

Stand up for men’s rights! Men can’t be discriminated! But actually, how triggered would some people get if this said women?

Celine Nguyen
Community Member
5 months ago

Heel yah, people are so focused on women's rights that they forget about men's rights

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Jay Loren
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh come on! It's a JOKE

Celine Nguyen
Community Member
5 months ago

REALLY!!!!

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The Girl on Fire
Community Member
5 months ago

I think this one is satire/ a gag gift.

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

Could be read as Man the species.

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
5 months ago

I want this

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

one word: Why?

RJ
Community Member
5 months ago

Cause he keeps taking the dog bowl and the dog is upset about that.

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Jacquie Gariano
Community Member
5 months ago

For the many days men are in the Dog House, or that eat like dogs (pigs)

John
Community Member
5 months ago

Perfect for your Bachelor Chow

Rachel Ward
Community Member
5 months ago

Finally! Someone else watches Futurama.

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Amiella Berendt
Community Member
2 months ago

Hey, I'm glad they don't have this for women XD

Karen Klinck
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey, I bought a guy a bowl shaped like a pig, with a spoon shaped like a shovel!

Baali Venomax
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder if the guys find this funny? sexism goes both ways. I think its silly though.

Robert Stinson
Community Member
5 months ago

It's funny unless you're a snowflake

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Bart Mommens
Community Member
5 months ago

It's two letters short of an international crisis.

Clau Razo
Community Member
5 months ago

in fact i want it hahaha

Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

Do women really want to share that????? Or anyone for that matter.

Russell Johns
Community Member
4 months ago

they had one of these for persons who hated men but it was bigger

1337
Community Member
5 months ago

I think this is a joke though..

katboxjanitor
Community Member
5 months ago

There is an old saying "Men are dogs"....only some of them are.

Suzette Duby
Community Member
5 months ago

Great gift for any men in your life who act like animals.

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
5 months ago

With guys being in the doghouse so often, I can't say I'm really surprised...

Avital Pilpel
Community Member
5 months ago

OK, that one's a deliberate joke.

patricia matthews
Community Member
5 months ago

Is it saying Men are dogs? Hhhhuuummm...

Linda Sellers
Community Member
5 months ago

LOL

SpillTheTea
Community Member
5 months ago

😶

Shull GaRett
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I would guess the desired target may be Furry?

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
5 months ago

Perfect for when I am volatile pissed at my man but still decide to cook his dinner :D

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
5 months ago

This is meant to be funny. If you don't find it funny , you don't in fact have to buy one

Pippa Runs
Community Member
5 months ago

What a great white elephant gift

Billy Haake
Community Member
5 months ago

I like this one!

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
5 months ago

This is actually degrading and offensive to men, comparing them to dogs... Seriously? And no, I'm not declaring myself "woke"...

Little Queenie
Community Member
5 months ago

Good man!

Kevin
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a pretty sturdy bowl that will never get knocked over...Could do without the dog connection though...

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
5 months ago

dumb

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
5 months ago

Are we sure it's not a novelty thing you buy for a present at Spencer's Gifts?? That thing would reside in the back of my cupboard where nobody could see, or reach, it!

Jacey Lynn
Community Member
5 months ago

Bwahaha! That’s funny

Martha Hubbs
Community Member
5 months ago

Bahahahahahahaha!!!

berrybobmc
Community Member
5 months ago

Because men are animals

Sinkvenice
Community Member
5 months ago

Christ on a bicycle. IT'S A HUMAN DOG BOWL! I swear these people wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "Now, what do I want to be offended by today? I know! Be an SJW and get offended by a gender specific and I repeat, A HUMAN DOG BOWL!

Kostas
Community Member
5 months ago

man as an opposite to a dog not an opposite to a woman you morons

Jessica
Community Member
5 months ago

Definitely made to be a gag gift

Martin Donovan
Community Member
5 months ago

Well you women say we men are dogs, so we are just fulfilling the role.

Jace
Community Member
5 months ago

Because ... um.... men are dogs...? Is that the message here?

Bart Mommens
Community Member
5 months ago

It's 2 letters short from an international crisis

Shawn
Community Member
5 months ago

It should say Bachelor for his bachelor chow ya know.

Rench
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess if you frequently spill your cereal.....

Daniel da Silva
Community Member
5 months ago

Men are dogs, henny!

ej wey
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh but this one is just funny, right lady's?? Because men are all dogs right

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
5 months ago

Any guy that would buy this would be insulting himself. But there's a lot of dummies out there. lol :)

Steve Barker
Community Member
5 months ago

hehehehehehehehe

Vanities
Community Member
5 months ago

OOOOHHHHH The misandry!!!! Snowflake women would be upset if this went the other way.

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
5 months ago

Cos men are dogs. OOOH clever! Kill me now.

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
5 months ago

You are littteraly calling the man a dog. That is so mean if there was a woman version, you would be calling the woman a female dog, AKA a bit*h

gracefullikeagazelle
Community Member
5 months ago

You're a hard worker and how do I know that? Look how hard you're working at being offended. Go lie down bitch.

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Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
5 months ago

I... support this xD

Karen Dyer
Community Member
5 months ago

That one they can keep all to their selves. it is funny though

Dian Parama Kosala
Community Member
5 months ago

because man are dog and woman are p.........wait, i mean cat!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

Seems like almost an insult to men.

deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

Why would any human be eating out of a dog bowl anyway?

Kjorn
Community Member
5 months ago

i find it funny but it can exist for woman too. so basically a man is a dog? i'm find with the joke, i'd like to have one but can we say woman are bitch too? because if we can't this is not fair

Ljdia
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't find it funny... I find it degrading :/ (both cases)

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Lingon
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5 months 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.

Atlas
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey, cats are cool too.

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Lingon
Community Member
5 months ago

Hen eggs and rooster eggs?

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Wietse Pot
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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 😉
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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5 months ago

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

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Thiago Meira
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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
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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
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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
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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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