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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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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
6 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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6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Hen eggs and rooster eggs?

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Wietse Pot
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Is this a real toy? Is it played as the usual one?

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Some women have beard's too

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Kaisu
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm also a shoe

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Dirk Daring
Community Member
6 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
6 months ago

Not gendered. Just seriously pink

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

Stunning, nonetheless!

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
6 months ago

There are no words....

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
6 months ago

So what’s women size?

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

NO FAIR~! I WANT ONE WITH BURGER KING ON THE GIRLS SIDE!!! >:{

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Rhea Hambum
Community Member
6 months ago

Fucks sake

Theory Buchannon
Community Member
6 months ago

wow that isn't cool at all fuck this shit I'm out

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Let's hope there's a Girl Genius bib buried in that pile.

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
6 months ago

This crap needs to stop

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
1 month ago

@jon davis not the bibs, whats ON the bibs. its so stupid that theyre implying that girls are simply obssessed with selfies and tht boys are smart.

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me
Community Member
6 months ago

This should be higher. That is seriously fucked up.

Rebekah
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, holy shit. This is the shit that would have made me complain, loudly, to whomever would listen, while my children hid, again.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Let's hope there's a Girl Genius bib buried in that pile.

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mummy pig
Community Member
6 months ago

THE HELL

Karen Dyer
Community Member
6 months ago

Fighting words right there, I see many men taking selfies

Sky Loveridge
Community Member
6 months ago

Is this what society thinks women are like now? That is so insulting

Kade MacNeill
Community Member
6 months ago

the emojis kinda ruin it

Jay Loren
Community Member
6 months ago

Lol. Ok I can see why this one made the list.

PJ
Community Member
6 months ago

Where's the "Girl Genius: bib you morons?

Nunya
Community Member
6 months ago

I see that there are literally dozens of different bibs on those display hooks. That tell ms that there could be one that says "Girl Genius". For all we know, this image was staged.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
6 months ago

Dafuq?? This is just outright derogatory... Reality shows that women has absolute serious standing in science, inventions etc. We would not have the field of software development, had it not been for Madame Ada's work... As a professional in IT, some of the absolute sharpest minds in IT that has crossed my path, has been female. Hats off.. I very much favour a meritocracy over anything else.

*MINTYMOONS*
Community Member
6 months ago

why the hell?

Sandra Lent
Community Member
6 months ago

This one is a bit off.

PurpleLightSaber
Community Member
6 months ago

NOT ALL GIRLS LIKE TSKING SELFIES!

TheDragonInTown
Community Member
6 months ago

Mean!

Bacony
Community Member
6 months ago

WTAFFF (What the actual facking fickety feck)

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
6 months ago

just.....wow.....omg....

Debbie Fulton
Community Member
6 months ago

This one really sucks! It focuses on girls,outward appearances, and boys brains. Like girls don't have the capacity for genius.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
6 months ago

I really hate this one. It assumes boys are smart and girls are vain. Put Girl Geek on the pink backpack and I am all for it.

Bumble Boozle
Community Member
6 months ago

I never take selfies. Also, are they implementing that boys are born smarter? ( because they’re for babys)

Avital Pilpel
Community Member
6 months ago

Very annoying if true, but from the many different colors on each side I think a more likely explanation is that both sides contain bibs with lots of different slogans, and there's probably a "girl genius" in pink and "ready for my selfie" in blue. These two just happened to be on the top.

Avital Pilpel
Community Member
6 months ago

It's also odd how nobody noticed babies don"t take selfies, but...

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Patrick James
Community Member
6 months ago

Inappropriate. Wow.

A Water Bottle
Community Member
6 months ago

Honestly emojis used like this is the downfall of humanity

Stephanie Blasyak
Community Member
6 months ago

Really society?!

Erika Jones
Community Member
6 months ago

Ugh.

Scarlett Ybarra
Community Member
6 months ago

bruh

Fantom
Community Member
5 months ago

I think it's funny:D

1337
Community Member
6 months ago

That's just mean.. sexistic.

Satirical Duchess
Community Member
6 months ago

Because baby's have instagram accounts and physics discoveries to their names, right guys?

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
6 months ago

I understand a lot of baby clothes are gendered and I'm fine with that considering sometimes you can't tell with newborns but like c'mon not ALL girls are social media snobs

Rascal Photo
Community Member
6 months ago

Shameful

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
6 months ago

gender-biased much?

Danielle Renee
Community Member
6 months ago

yikes...that's bad

Laura Martin
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, just wow. What a-hole came up with this?

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
6 months ago

OK- this is just wrong on so many levels-

Zach Tan
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah well I'm ready for my #boyselfie.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
6 months ago

Shines "Stereotypes" as bright as day...

louis porter
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6 months ago

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Benny
Community Member
6 months ago

For fucks sake-

Lynn Morello
Community Member
6 months ago

I would like to know what the rest say, see how low the can sink.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
6 months ago

That's wrong on so many levels.

Lieke Vw
Community Member
6 months ago

Witch 'genius' came up with this?

Martina Vitmanová
Community Member
6 months ago

disgusting

Kostas
Community Member
6 months ago

these are two different products. boy genius does not imply that there is no girl genius product

NWB
Community Member
6 months ago

I hate this shit on kids clothing!!!!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
6 months ago

I like a kids' shirt that said: "I can't read the stupid stuff on my shirt".

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B. A.
Community Member
6 months ago

Seems legit after seeing instagram, twitter, tic tok, and all other social media

Jon Davis
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6 months ago

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Oh no bibs that say stuff

Gwyn Plaine
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6 months ago

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Women are significantly more likely to take pictures of themselves than men, a global study into the phenomenon of taking selfies has found. The project, named Selfiecity, analysed 3,200 Instagram selfies shared in New York, Moscow, Berlin, Bangkok, and Sao Paulo in a bid to establish the difference in poses and expressions between countries. Every city analysed yielded significantly more selfies taken by women than men- from 1.3 times as many in Bangkok to 1.9 times more in Berlin - and in Moscow 4.6 times more female than male selfies. Also, studies have found the variability of male scores is greater than that of female scores, resulting in more males than females in the top and bottom of the IQ distribution. Wow, facts .................. down vote away!

Kaisu
Community Member
6 months ago

If you think the word selfie is the only thing wrong with this, then I seriously don't know what to say

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the selfie one wanna makes me puke. but it's sadly true. selfie addict are mostly people on instagram and mostly girls

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Craptavaganza
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6 months ago

The bible already is just for boys/men.

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Dirk Daring
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6 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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