We see this in lots of ways, some more serious and more important than others. Even though I admit sometimes this is a logical division and it is true that there are certain differences between men and women. But what society likes to overlook is that the difference and variety within men and within women is bigger than the difference between men and women.
One of the less serious and important areas where you see a strong divide between male and female is in the products you can buy in shops. It might not be that important, but it annoys me to no end.
I mainly have an issue with shoes and shampoos. The former is a taste issue, the latter is just plain retarded. Let’s start with shoes. I realize that in general men tend to wear different shoes than women, and that’s fine. I would not expect this to change or for there to be no separate men and women shoe stores.
What I do take issue with is when the same type of shoe gets sold so differently for men and women. Take sneakers. I love sneakers, I think they look awesome and they feel great on your feet. However, even though there is absolutely nothing gender specific about sneakers, more often than not they get made totally different for men and women.
All the guy shoes look really cool. At least, I always think so. That is to say, they are sleek and simple. No fuss, just awesome sneakers. The same shoes on the women’s isle are totally different. They always have to include stupid accessories, shiny glittery things or they come in horrible colours like pink.Girly pink Nikes. Seriously?
Who wants to wear pink sneakers? Not me. I find it very hard to believe that the majority of women really prefer their sneakers to be pink or include glitters. Luckily there are a few brands who don’t do this, but usually looking for cool sneakers is a nightmare.
I have no problem shopping in the guys section, even though it annoys me that shopping assistants always have to point out to me I’m looking at guys shoes. Yes, I KNOW. Problem is though, my feet are not big enough for men’s shoes. Nine out of ten times they are simply too big.
Whereas I can still understand why shoes (and clothes) are different for men and women, there’s other products that just don’t make sense. Like shampoos. A decade ago, all shampoos were unisex. There were lots to choose from, depending on hair type and personal preference, but men and women could just share their nice unisex shampoos.
This is no longer the case. No, these day the shampoo isle is divided into shampoos especially for men and especially for women. Did all of a sudden the heads and hair of men and women change dramatically that they needed separate shampoos?
Seriously people, it’s so unbelievably dumb. There is no need to buy special men or women shampoo. It is shampoo, for heaven’s sake. What’s next, male and female soap? Oh hang on, it already exists.
Then there’s stuff like deodorant. Ok I get it, not all women like to smell like a dude. But what’s with the packaging? Why can the guy deodorant come in cool designs and in black or grey or drank blue and I have to go home with bright coloured deodorant which is covered in flowers? Or worse even, in pastel colours.
I could talk about this for hours. Don’t worry, I won’t. I just don’t get it. Or I don’t want to get it. I refuse to believe I am the exception and all other women are just happy to buy all their fluffy pink flowery women products.
I guess it all starts when we are little. So many parents try so very hard to get their kids to wear the gender appropriate clothes and have them play with the gender appropriate toys. Why? Why does this matter? I feel very lucky my parents never cared about all that stuff.
What do you think? Am I making a fuss about nothing or would you like to see things differently too?