7 Men's Products Perfect For Women

7 Men's Products Perfect For Women

Why do we always receive the short end of the gendered marketing stick?
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Hey girls! Are you annoyed by your incredibly small pants pockets? Or maybe your pink BIC razors just aren't doing the job for you? Maybe your Degree for women deodorant isn't as last longing as promised, but whatever the case may be, you've fallen into the trap known as gendered marketing. We've all seen the ridiculous and unnecessary emasculation of products, and this goes for women's products too. However, supposedly understandable gendered goods like clothing leave women wondering why the jeans in the woman's department of any given retail store provide either very small pockets or none at all. It's time to break out of the binary, so here are just a few items from the men's aisle that perform better than its female counterpart, not to mention the surprising amount of money you'll be saving.

1. Flannel shirts

Can't find a flannel shirt in your size? Try the men's section, as their broad shouldered flannels may fit more comfortably with your body type. There is also a guarantee that the men's flannel will be thicker and more practical than the thin and sometimes sheer women's shirts. Most of the flannel shirts I own at this point have come the men's clothing section at Walmart, and I have yet to be disappointed. How can I when I bought them for only $10 each?

2. Jeans

I see your game, fashion industry. Give the women's jeans small pockets so we have to buy handbags, is that it? Create the problem so you can fix it as well, right? Well I found a loophole; I'll just buy boy's jeans instead. They fit way less tight and have pockets that can comfortably fit my phone. It's a whole new world.

3. Deodorant

Besides the price disparities, men's deodorant also contains more per stick since men's pits usually have a larger surface area. Additionally, the musky scented men's deodorant and my sweat makes for a more bearable combination than the flowery or fruity female scents with B.O.

4. Shaving Cream

Man, how is it that we get scammed out of money with shaving products? The cheapest shave lotion for women (that isn't travel size) at Target currently is around $2.35, while for men it's $1.87, not to mention the more unscented men's shaving cream helps calm those sensitive and irritable female legs.

5. Duffle Bags

Now this one came as a surprise to me too, but the fact is the most durable duffle bags aren't always in the women's section, accessory section or camping aisle. They're hidden on those shelves or tables near the men's section. They're compact, typically more minimalistic with less pockets, durable, and their rugged vibes means you don't have to feel bad dirtying it.

6. Moisturizers (depending)

I say depending because men's moisturizers help the oiler skin men have due to testosterone. if you're a woman with oily skin, check out the men's moisturizers first. If you have sensitive skin, consider men's moisturizers too as they are less fragrant than women's, which could irritate the skin. Basically, do some research on what kind of skin type you have, and stroll both the men's and women's hygiene departments next time you shop.

7. Razors


Perhaps one of the most infamous gendered products, next to jeans, is razors. You've read about how the pink razors cost more than the blue ones despite containing the same number of blades per razor and the same number of razors per package. However, different razors for different genders is a bit understandable. The handles on female razors supply a more comfortably grip, which is important considering the yoga-esque poses we have to make when trying to reach the hairs on our legs. They also have rounder heads which makes guiding the razor more comfortable (apparently). If you have thicker and more stubborn hairs on your body, opt for the male razors. Their blades are closer together to help slice that pesky facial hair. Depending on how much you care about a grip on your razor, going with the men's blades will save you a bit of pocket change.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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8 Reasons I'll Take In-Store Shopping Over Online Shopping Any Day

In-store shopping shouldn't be disregarded.

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Lately, there have been many department stores closing due to the rise of online shopping as opposed to in-store shopping. According to Fox Business, this includes department stores such as Payless, Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Dress Barn. The close of so many retail stores has led to more questions as to whether online shopping will become the only method of shopping.

However, just like with reading on a Kindle versus reading an actual book, not everyone prefers shopping online. At least, I don't prefer online shopping, and yes, I have tried shopping online for almost everything.

Here are eight reasons why shopping in the store will always be better than online shopping, no matter what other people have stated.

1. You can try on clothes

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This is one of the biggest problems I have with online shopping! You can't try on the clothes before buying them online. Sure, you can try on the clothes you get once they've been shipped. But if you have trouble finding the right size, especially since for women every size in almost any store varies, then it becomes more of a hassle.

Yes, a lot of online shopping sites have a "find the right size" menu where it gives you multiple measurements that match certain sizes. But most of those measurements include waist, hip, stomach sizes, and who has time to measure all of that?

2. You can expect what you're going to get

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With in-store shopping, you usually know what you get with buying an item. You know what the item looks like from seeing it in person, or with clothes you've felt the fabric and seen what it looks like in person. With online shopping, you basically don't know for sure what to expect until you receive the item in the mail. There are a lot of sites that may try to scam you where they'll present you with a clothing item that looks nice on the model until you receive it and it looks nothing like what you saw online. At least with in-store shopping, this doesn't happen as often.

3. No shipping expenses

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The nice part with in-store shopping is you don't have to spend extra expenses on shipping. Although there are times when online shopping sites offer free shipping, on some sites, it's hard to find free shipping. And on a lot of sites, they will try to offer free shipping only if you buy items that are $50 or more, which means you have to pay for more to receive free shipping.

4. No wait to receive what you buy

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The great part about in-store shopping is you get the item right away, unless you ask for the item to be ordered in the store. With online shopping, you have to wait for the item to be sent. And although there are some shipping options that allow one-day shipping, you'll sometimes be charged more to receive the item early. With in-store shopping, at least you get the outfit you want or item you need as soon as you pay for it.

5. You can avoid additional shipping hazards

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There are a lot of other shipping hassles that you have to go through besides waiting for the item to be shipped and the cost of shipping. You also have to worry about the item getting lost in the mail or if you'll receive it at the right address. And sometimes the item can get damaged during transit, which makes you feel like you wasted all of your money on buying the it.

6. You can speak to a sales representative in person

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This is especially helpful for buying bras or a dress. With in-store shopping, you can talk to a sales representative and get their opinion before buying the item. Sure, online shopping has someone you can talk to online, but it's not the same since you aren't talking to them in person or trying on the clothes in front of them. With in-store shopping, they can give you advice when you try on the item and offer you alternatives if it doesn't fit, whereas with online shopping, they can only offer you general advice without seeing you try on the item.

7. The option to pay with cash

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If you hate paying with a debit card, then you probably would prefer in-store shopping. The problem with online shopping is that you can't pay with cash since you can't exactly transfer real money online except through a debit card. With in-store shopping, you at least always have the option of paying with cash.

8. You miss the experience of shopping in person

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Lastly, what most people don't seem to understand is that with online shopping, you don't get the whole experience with in-store shopping. You don't get to walk through a mall, try on clothes, finger through the fabric, or see clothes or items in person. Instead, you have to sit behind a computer and shop. Though many people may like online shopping because you don't have to go through the hassle of dealing with people or lines in a store, you still miss out on real experiences with shopping.

So many people are already found in their houses behind a computer screen or buried in their phones. We already miss out on real experiences because we're too caught up in the digital world. So why should we do the same with shopping?

As you can see, shopping in person can have its own benefits to it. I'm not saying that online shopping is completely bad where you may not be able to purchase the item in the store. However, I also don't think that in-store shopping should be disregarded for online shopping. Not everyone enjoys shopping online completely, and by getting rid of in-store shopping, we miss out on the many different experiences that come with it.

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