People Are Sharing Examples Of Pointless Gendering And It Shows How Stupid It Can Be (50 Pics)
Here’s a radical thought. Maybe men and women would get along better if companies and institutions stopped yelling about how different they are? I get it, everyone has their own opinion, and it’s a sensitive topic but come on. Toilet paper for women? A cookbook for men? Some things are just absurd. And you can find them on the subreddit r/PointlesslyGendered. This online community is dedicated to collecting examples of the division between the two genders our society so desperately insists on, and over the years have gotten themselves quite a load. Here are some of the worst ones.
#1 Dinosaurs Are For Boys
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#2 I Feel This Belongs Here
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Gender-tailored marketing messages are fairly common, but research shows they can have the opposite effect and repel consumers, especially women. In fact, they often backfire to the point of dissuading women from choosing a product they would have considered if the company hadn’t talked about their gender so much, a study by Harvard Business School found.
The reason for this lies in human nature. People tend to resist being categorized (or made to feel like they are unwillingly reduced to a single identity) particularly when the product they’re being nudged toward evokes a stereotype about their gender.
#3 Random Low Key Pic From 4chan
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#4 Damn You, Spaghetti Sauce. If Only I Had A Man Around! Dinner Is Ruined!
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#5 And It’s Only $49.99!
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Suggesting that women will go crazy over a product wrapped in pink packaging just because some marketer assumes that all women love pink can come across as downright insulting, co-researcher Leslie K. John, the Marvin Bower Associate Professor at HBS, said.
“In a way, this project reminds me of my childhood,” John explained. “When I was a kid, I had a babysitter who said, ‘Leslie, your favorite color is pink.’ She would put pink bows in my hair. Everything had to be pink. This project is partly a reaction against this feeling that just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I love pink! There’s something very off-putting about feeling like you’re being reduced to a single category of membership.”
#6 Gendering Eggs Now, Are We?
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#7 Names Have A Gender?
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#8 What To Get My Niece For Christmas
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But where does this false notion come from? Why do companies keep trying to sell their products by emphasizing the buyer’s gender? Well, the answer to this question might lie in one 2017 Pew Research Center survey.
It discovered that Americans think men and women are basically different in the way they express their feelings, their physical abilities, their personal interests, and their approach to parenting. But there is no public consensus on the origins of these differences.
#9 Same Items Inside… Hers Costs 30% More
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#10 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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#11 “Male Doctor,” “Male Chef, “Male Racecar Driver”
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I think marketers know this. Maybe some of them just haven’t realized that to have an opinion and to base your purchasing decision on it are two different things.
This applies to other aspects, not only gender. According to previous research, for example, even stereotypes that cast people in a positive light—such as Asians excel in math—can trigger a negative reaction from these groups.
#12 Shaming Elephants
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#13 Gatekeeping A Yellow Jacket, Among Other Normal Things
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#15 In Estonian “Ta” (Or “Tema”) Means Both “She” And “He”, Google Translate Decides By Context
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#16 This Is The Worst One I’ve Ever Seen
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#17 This Guy Gets It
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#18 Girls Don’t Have Ankles
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#19 Fellas, Is It Gay To Touch Your Face?
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#20 Cancer Isn’t Gendered, Support Shouldn’t Be Either
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#21 Apparently It’s Gay To See Now
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#22 Toothpaste For Men Only!
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#23 Girls Live On A Different Planet
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#24 Pointlessly Gendered Shelter Caused Trans Student To Be Left Outside
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#25 Sounds Very Mormon
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#26 Because That Is Totally How It Works
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#27 Wait Until He Learns That Men Have Butt Cheeks Too
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#28 Food Is Feminine
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#29 No Way
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#30 Because Sexualising Babies Is Okay…
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#31 Gender Appropriate “Fun”
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#33 Men Can’t Be Anorexic Apparently
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#34 No Bro It’s War Paint
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#35 Low Testosterone Male Pink Tool Set
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#36 Had To Share
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#37 Need I Say More
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#39 Fruity Drinks Are Bomb
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#40 “Things To Say When You’re Staring At A Boy Trying To Think Of What To Say”
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#41 If This Ain’t The Truth
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#42 Green Is Man, Red Is Woman
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#43 Pointlessly Gendered Lit Sides
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#44 Fellas, Is It
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#45 Fathering A Child? Sounds Pretty Girly To Me
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#46 Pointlessly Gendered And Homophobic At The Same Time
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#47 This Sign On The Door To Our Laundry Room
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#48 Because Somehow Exercise And Dieting Can Be Gender Specific?
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#49 Pink Bad For Rap
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#50 Found This Gem On Tumblr
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