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
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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.
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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

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they're the same price ...

JesT
Community Member
1 year ago

no pink tax on tea

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J. Normal
Community Member
1 year ago

How about "spicy" and "calming".

Billie Atkins
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7 months ago

👏👏👏👏

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Caitlin Bagnall
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1 year ago

it seems that they think we cant handel chili

Mo Poppins
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Cevio
Community Member
1 year ago

same price, i think thats a good thing :D

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Eduardo Del Cerro
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Baali Venomax
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year 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.

Blueberry Woofle
Community Member
1 year ago

IT'S JUST TEA

Hawkeye
Community Member
1 year ago

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

A Water Bottle
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah this one might be more about hormones

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Colleen Coughlin
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Ben Churchill
Community Member
1 year ago

What, adding chili makes it for men? LOL

Ausrine Ciapaite
Community Member
2 months ago

By the looks of ingredients, both teas can be drank by either gender. However, ingredients in "Men's tea" are known for better "blood flow, stamina and getting desired places harder". "Women's tea" is for energising and calming. But I agree that attaching gender labels is not right. I'd write what the tea does instead.

Radostina Radost
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2 months ago

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1337
Community Member
1 year ago

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

EeveeCatStudios YT
Community Member
1 year ago

This aint mah cup o tea

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you friggin kidding. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Mo Poppins
Community Member
1 year 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.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Karen Klinck
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the only valid one so far.

Deku
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf

Ananas
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd buy the men's one on principle

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
1 year ago

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

sneakcollector
Community Member
1 year ago

At least same price. Equally paid....

BearMeetsPug
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF???

Bored Moogle
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they're the same price.

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are they giving tea a gender

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

This is over the top.

Elizabeth Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they are the same price

Maya Baggins
Community Member
1 year ago

At least the price is the same

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

This one makes sense.

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

It's "Organic"

louis porter
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1 year ago

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Tarryn Louise
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Herbs for the ovaries

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 year ago

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

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
1 year ago

"Get ya hands off my tea, BITCH!"

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

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

pebs
Community Member
1 year ago

Never seen this sort of things in Europe.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
1 year 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.

Stacie Wyatt
Community Member
1 year ago

maybe menstruation tea would be a better name lol

Kostas
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Janus Preez
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1 year ago

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Real men don't drink tea

Jonathan James
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1 year ago

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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
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1 year 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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Falcon
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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
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1 year ago

Hen eggs and rooster eggs?

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visvalin Vamadevan
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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
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1 year ago

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

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visvalin Vamadevan
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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
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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
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1 year ago

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

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Rita Frost
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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
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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
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1 year ago

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

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Theory Buchannon
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1 year ago

I'm also a shoe

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Axel Hansen
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1 year ago

you do know that they are different products

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Thiago Meira
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1 year ago

Not gendered. Just seriously pink

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

Stunning, nonetheless!

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Hermione Granger
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1 year ago

There are no words....

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visvalin Vamadevan
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1 year ago

So what’s women size?

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WillemPenn
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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
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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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