We Need To Stop Gendering Products Because Logically, It Makes No Sense

We Need To Stop Gendering Products Because Logically, It Makes No Sense

Products don't have a gender, so why are we acting like we can't buy/use something because it is marketed to certain genders?

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I was doing my usual grocery shopping this past weekend as I usually do. I happened to have a few extra dollars to spend so I went over to the cosmetics aisle in Target to get some face masks. As I was looking at the options displayed in front of me, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to get. There were so many options. We had avocado masks, mud masks, collagen, "beard friendly," and- what! Beard Friendly?

Yes. There was actually a face mask that was made specifically for men, and was labeled as "beard friendly" and if that isn't the most hyper-masculine thing you have heard this week, then I don't know what is!

This experience got me thinking. We have certain products that are marketed specifically towards women, and then instead of marketing those products to men, they make male versions of those products that already exist and then label them as "for men" or make some male-name equivalent to it like Mandles (candles) or Guyliner.

Since the beginning of time, we have divided our population into two groups: Men and Women. As time has gone on we have assigned different tasks, characteristics, items, personality traits, and even certain societal roles to each specific anatomical sex. We have even have gone as far as associating seemingly gender-neutral products to specific genders and becoming weird about using the items assigned to our opposite gender because society has made us feel that those things are not meant for us.

To show you what I am talking about here is a very brief list of the many things that are gender-specific that really have no reason to be:

1. Shampoos/hair products.

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2. Shaving cream and razors.

Patrick Coddou


3. Moisturizer.

Charles Deluvio


4. Candles (Yes, really).

Daiga Ellaby


5. Make-up.

Joanna Kosinska


6. Pens (Again, this really is a thing).

Jess Watters


7. Skin care.

Anna Sullivan


8. Protein powder.

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9. Tools (seriously?).

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10. Clothing.

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11. Happy Meal toys/toys in general.

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These things are just the tip of the iceberg. So many things that we buy for ourselves and for other people have been assigned to us because of our gender. If we attempt to purchase an item that is marketing of the "opposite gender," we often receive side-looks and snide comments from cashiers, family members, and even random strangers that have no reason putting their two-cents in, to begin with.

I had bought flip-flops from CVS last week because I forgot mine when I went on a trip and the woman behind the desk was giving me the third degree because I picked up men's flip-flops instead of women's. You see, if we just accept that men like to moisturize because their skin is dry, or women like to buy men's razors because they work better than women's, or if a man wants to wear a skirt or a pink sweater and a woman wants to wear a suit jacket or cargo pants, then businesses promoting these products can gain more business and revenue with less products.

At the end of the day, Dove lotion is Dove lotion. It doesn't matter if you put the same product as women's lotion into a darker colored bottle and put the word "Men's" in bold lettering over the logo – it is still going to be the same thing. It will still work the same, smell the same, and pretty much be the same exact thing. So product, businesses, and marketing teams: please stop assigning certain products and services to just one gender. Just make it all inclusive. That way we can stop shaming those who want to use their products but they are outside the gender you are marketing to. Also, the internet is still making fun of you. I'm talking to you BIC Pens.

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Drunk or sober, lost or have an exact idea of where you are going...Uber rides are always interesting.

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I'm just going to come out and say how incredibly awesome Uber is. As a college student, Uber saves the day by requiring my friends and I to have zero DD's on weekends. Uber has also bailed me out when I didn't have rides to the airport. All in all, Uber is an affordable and convenient way to get around.

I can guarantee you that anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 have an interesting Uber story to tell. Whether it was the driver that made the night interesting or the backseat was loaded down with six tipsy girls, Uber stories tend to be some of the best stories I have ever heard.

Whilst riding along in the backseat of a stranger that you pay money to to get from Point A to Point B, here are some thoughts you may be having:

1. *as the Uber pulls up to my house* "Is it safe for me to ride in an Uber alone?"

While I know it is totally safe to ride in an Uber by myself, I always get this inkling of doubt every time I get into the backseat. What if they steal me? #girlproblems

2. "I wonder if this guy will have snacks/waters for me."

There is nothing better than hopping into an Uber and realizing there are free snacks for the drive.

3. "I wonder how long this person has been driving for Uber."

I think about this every time I get into an Uber. Maybe I'm their first ride, maybe I will be their last. You never know

4. "Wow their music taste if FIRE/AWFUL."

Usually there is no in between. You either love the music that your uber picks out, or you hate it.

5. "I wonder if they would get upset if I asked them to change it."

Like it is their care but at the same time, I'm paying them. So, you know, I should have some say.

6. "Wow this person is QUITE the chatty-Kathy."

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7. "This person has not uttered a single word to me since I have gotten into the car."

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8. "I wonder what this Uber thinks about overloading their car."

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9. "What happens if this Uber wrecks?"

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10. "This Uber has braved the night to return me to my humble abode."

This statement clearly comes from a post-night on the town brain. There is something so relieving about seeing your Uber pull up to the corner and knowing you now get to go home.

11. "Did this person grow up here or are they new to the area?"

Honestly, this question answers itself when you see how the Uber drives through the streets. If the driver is from the area, they will maneuver the city to their knowledge rather than the GPS. Drivers that are new to the area will follow the directions on their phone as if they are directions to the Holy Grail.

12. "Don't spill the drink, don't spill the drink."

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13. "If a driver got a ticket, would their fine be higher because they are an Uber driver?"

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