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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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Buying Bathing Suits Online Is The Worst

Online Shopping isn't for everyone, sadly.

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With Spring Break right around the corner, I find myself online shopping more than usual. I would say I'm somewhat an online-shopping connoisseur, meaning I do it CONSTANTLY. However, just because I'm always online shopping doesn't mean I actually buy the clothes I put into my shopping cart; it's fun imagining I have a bottomless wallet, okay! Online shopping can get time-consuming and can lead you down a dark hole -I know this from experience; I often find myself aimlessly staring, scrolling, and clicking for two hours or more. This can become a problem if I have homework or exams to study for, but it's hard to just stop, there are just too many stores and clothes to get through!

One issue that seems to follow me whenever I decide to online shop is picking the right size and PRAYING it'll fit me. Online shopping doesn't give you the liberty of trying on different sizes until you find the right match; instead, it's a guessing game full of anxiety and ultimately regret if it doesn't fit.

I know the feeling of regret way too often, for I'm a very tiny girl who just so happens to have a very large bust, making it extremely hard to pick what size would be most flattering and appropriate. It gets really frustrating when I can't buy some of the things I want due to my body, and gets even more frustrating when I can't buy cheap and cute bathing suits like most girls my age.

Since my body is extremely unproportional, I have to get two different sizes for my bathing suits -a small for the bottom and a large/extra large for the top. However, for some unknown reason, online bathing suit companies decided to only offer their two-piece sets in one size. For example, you can only buy a bathing suit in a size small top and small bottom, medium top and medium bottom, large top, and large bottom, etc. It's ridiculous and unfair to assume that every girl is built to be the same size in her butt and bust!

I know they're just bathing suits, but this issue represents the struggles I have endured my entire life trying to find clothes that flatter my body; I'm constantly wishing I had an easier body-type to dress, not only for comfort but for convenience. It seems small, but I want to be able to buy a cute bathing suit online like all of my friends. However, I won't be granted this luxury until these bathing suit companies realize their sizing is exclusive and unjust.

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