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

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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
Community Member
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
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
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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
Community Member
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
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?

Eunice Probert
Community Member
1 year ago

Teeny tiny ones that are no use at all. Because women don't sneeze or blow their noses, y'know.

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Avital Pilpel
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, let's just say it's probably because "I went through a whole box of tissues during that movie" means something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT for men and women.

Mary Jane Love
Community Member
1 year ago

🤣🤣

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Ben Churchill
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, maybe these aren't for blowing their noses...LOL ;-P

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Mansize for those man-sized tears. They could have just said 'Extra Large Size' instead of pointlessly gendering them...

CR82
Community Member
1 year ago

Ever see the box of tissues by a man's bed??? MANSIZE indeed lolololol

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Because men have more snot?

Mohammad Abbas
Community Member
3 months ago

They do... just not from their nose.

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Kathy Lord Tate
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually they should have just called them extra-large but I have a feeling these aren't a new product.

louis porter
Community Member
1 year ago

You don't know what the man is going to wipe up with those. Maybe these are like XL size Trojans...

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Been using "man size" tissues for decades. ( I 'm a woman with perennial sinusitis ) Haven't turned into a man yet.

Goddess Mars
Community Member
1 year ago

2 words: Man Flu.

R. Searle
Community Member
1 year ago

Cause men have bigger boogers, duh.

El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

If you had teenage sons you'd know that these are for 'moppng up' Icky but true..

Saskia Brinkmann
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahaha it’s CLEAR why men need another size 🤣

Maryanne Liu
Community Member
1 year ago

what the heck is mansize

Dawn Ours
Community Member
1 year ago

?!

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 year ago

Tissues should be like "having bad cold" size, "alergy" size, "crying" size, "just in case" size etc. Woman can sneeze well just as man can.

Charlotte
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure all British adults understand this to mean "wank sized". And also I seem to remember that they're planning on changing it anyway...

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm almost afraid to ask...

Ren Paley
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that they are bigger for the jacking off load size

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

Never buy kleenex, I use toilet paper, lol.

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
1 year ago

My granddad used to use these. I am not offended by this.

Benny
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh?

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
1 year ago

I always presumed these were wanking tissues. Mansize sounds better.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

My wife uses these, as they make hell of a lot more sense than the teeny ones allegedly made for "women"...

Melanie Tinson
Community Member
1 year ago

They have changed their name to “extra large” now.

That doggo
Community Member
1 year ago

Men come in multiple different sizes, so what does "mansize" mean?

Tiffiny
Community Member
1 year ago

“Mansize” for those “man made” messes... >_>

Lieke Vw
Community Member
1 year ago

Women smaller or larger?

JeffC
Community Member
1 year ago

Welp, guess I'm goin' back to using Handkerchiefs or another "no-name" brand...

Anon Yymi
Community Member
1 year ago

Man size for that man flu

Gabi
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't really want to know what they use it for....

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

mansize… for… nose or….???

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

For those intense totally not manly masterbation sessions

Helen Coyle
Community Member
1 year ago

Men as a rule have bigger noses than women. I noticed this in my family. So I do not have a problem with this one.

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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
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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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