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
Community Member
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

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

The problem is that, at least in my country, the pink version is more expensive.

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giovanna
Community Member
1 year ago

So the pink one is "girly girl", while the other one is "North american": another good example of masculine being used as universal, and feminine being used as a difference.

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly! Female is “other” while male is default.

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Stephanie Blasyak
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't want hot pink binoculars with flowers! If I'm going to play spy I'm going to want something a little less conspicuous!

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the binoculars because they are pink. I don't like the fact that they are gendered.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, I totally can't look through binoculars unless they are pink and floral

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

my girl would take the pink one. my boy would take the camouflage one. but i Don't think the mention girl or north american (read here boys) were necessary

Mónica Sacco
Community Member
1 year ago

Idiocy comes in colours?

Patrick James
Community Member
1 year ago

Umm... are girls not American?

Petra Timmers
Community Member
1 year ago

And why all the plastic...

Colleen Coughlin
Community Member
1 year ago

Must have rose colored lenses

MacDudu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the kind of tacky n cheap plastic crap that is piling up in our oceans 😢

Eddie
Community Member
1 year ago

*Made in China

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

And the "girly girl" ones probably suck.

El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

So, are you 'normal' or 'female' is the question posed by the manufacturer. I think even men these days are baulking at this kind of sexism shoe-horned into products and life in general. They are neither North American nor 'Girly Girl' they are 'Binoculars' and that is all..

Miklós Áron-Szilárd
Community Member
2 months ago

if you don't understand these then you have zero idea about business

PastelHope
Community Member
1 year ago

Because North Americans are all boys, apparently.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Rather absurd !!!

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg, please. LOL

Janelle Collard
Community Member
1 year ago

Wanna bet the pink ones cost more?

Stacie Wyatt
Community Member
1 year ago

lol

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

They mostly are just trying to make a sale. A lot of young girls like under 10 will but everything pink. Not all girls. And if these pink binoculars make them interested in bird watching or something like that then good. It's like pink camo. No use for it, but they make it for a sale.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
1 year ago

I have pink camo wrapping paper. (Also blue and green; I bought one of each... When someone annoys me, they get pink!)

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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 year ago

I think these are just choices. Everyone likes to have things that match their style . Boys can like girly ones and girls can like boyish ones. Some people like camo and some like flowers . Girly girl is a popular expression, not necessarily a gender tag. Besides , the age of children these are intended for don't care about the name on the packaging . It's the first thing they discard

Kostas
Community Member
1 year ago

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they are themed not gendered. don't pretend that there are no girly girls. other one is animal themed not boys themed

Peggy Faulkner
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1 year ago (edited)

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So they are "girly girl" ....meaning very feminine. If they were just labeled ' girl' binoculars then I would assume that they arnt giving me a choice here. To me, in this case girly girl is just a descriptive. I am ever tired of living in a society that takes offense at every trivial thing. Some of these comments are ridiculous.......they are just plastic kids binoculars for crying out loud. Some girls ARE girly girls.....these gender issues are getting out of control.I take much more offense at the unessential use of plastic here.

Jon Davis
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1 year ago

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Take it easy retards, girls tend to prefer the color pink

Jon Davis
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1 year ago

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It's just pink binoculars, take it easy retards !

Firework
Community Member
1 year ago

They point is that they're labelled as for boys and girls. Why don't you understand this???

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Podunkus
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1 year ago

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I’m sorry, but LGBTQIAGGNA is just too much for me to remember.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Lgbt+ isn't though!

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Jeremy
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1 year ago

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Look it's obvious blue veins in penis pink vagina..get over it that's just what it is

Jeremy
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1 year ago

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When you see pink do u think boy or girl? Girl comes without thinking its ingrained and instinctive

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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.

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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 😉
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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