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    Updated on Aug 17, 2020. Posted on Dec 15, 2014

    25 Pointlessly Gendered Products That Will Either Make You Laugh Or Cry

    For those times when a man needs more than a regular sanitary wipe, and a woman needs girl-specific apples.

    Lisa Wade, a university lecturer in LA, compiles examples of pointlessly gendered products on her Pinterest page.

    Here are some of the most ludicrous examples:

    1. Protein.

    @SocImages Whats going to happen to me because I bought the regular protein and not the women's protein?

    Jess@witchhatFollow

    @SocImages Whats going to happen to me because I bought the regular protein and not the women's protein?

    1:30 AM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    2. These baby bibs.

    pinterest.com

    Best to teach girls from the start not to aim too high.

    3. Kids' nurse's uniforms.

    pinterest.com

    I guess we best start calling them "boy nurses" and "girl nurses", just so we all know exactly where we stand.

    4. Apples.

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    Though they are literally pink ladies, so you probably have to admire the marketing tie-in. Probably.

    5. Laxatives.

    Worth going on @SocImages pointlessly gendered products: exact same product, except one is pink.. and more expensive!

    Iz Netto@iznettoFollow

    Worth going on @SocImages pointlessly gendered products: exact same product, except one is pink.. and more expensive!

    6:39 PM - 27 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    6. A lunch bag.

    amazon.com / pinterest.com

    None of your girlie lunch-holding nonsense here, ladies.

    7. Tools.

    Thank goodness I found these womens tools. I don't know how I would be able to do anything if they weren't purple.

    Tamsyn Gilbert@tamsyngilbertFollow

    Thank goodness I found these womens tools. I don't know how I would be able to do anything if they weren't purple.

    7:13 PM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    8. A basketball.

    Hey @SocImages, here's an odd one-a gendered basketball that is "thin" and a "girl."

    HarlotOfTheArts@HarlotTweetsFollow

    Hey @SocImages, here's an odd one-a gendered basketball that is "thin" and a "girl."

    3:56 PM - 14 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    9. Bubble bath.

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    Because a girl should be a princess and not try to win trophies, obvs.

    10. Flu treatment.

    @SocImages RT @priya_ebooks: man flu only for men. women get regular flu. bros only. flu. manly. #men

    Kadi Kadi@loveorchid77Follow

    @SocImages RT @priya_ebooks: man flu only for men. women get regular flu. bros only. flu. manly. #men

    3:59 PM - 09 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    11. Hairbrushes and nail clippers.

    pinterest.com

    Hair and nails are basically the same for both sexes...right?

    12. Skeleton PJs.

    pinterest.com

    Like hair and nails, skeletons are basically the same too...right? (Also note how the boy's one gets more anatomical detail).

    13. Cotton buds.

    Attn: @SocImages RT @SpencerAlthouse: Someone thought it was necessary to masculinize Q-tips

    Brian@CatsandCattsFollow

    Attn: @SocImages RT @SpencerAlthouse: Someone thought it was necessary to masculinize Q-tips

    5:44 PM - 06 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    14. Nail scissors.

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    Scissors? REALLY?

    15. Snacks.

    Especially troubling since little girls are made of sugar and SPICE, obvs. #snackequality #boo

    Zoë Stagg@zoestaggFollow

    Especially troubling since little girls are made of sugar and SPICE, obvs. #snackequality #boo

    3:36 PM - 26 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    16. Earplugs.

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    Because lady ears are so much more complicated and delicate.

    Also earbuds.

    "Didn't know women needed different earbuds #sexism " @SocImages My soc. students are on the look out

    Sachem East Peer Ed.@SACHEM_PeerEdFollow

    "Didn't know women needed different earbuds #sexism " @SocImages My soc. students are on the look out

    10:15 PM - 09 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    17. Trail mix.

    .@SocImages found at the grocery store: unnecessarily gendered trail mix. Note that women's is more $$$

    Hayley@gobonkersnowFollow

    .@SocImages found at the grocery store: unnecessarily gendered trail mix. Note that women's is more $$$

    4:11 AM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    18. Binoculars.

    @SocImages More pointlessly gendered products seen at @BristolZooGdns (HT Emma on Facebook via @LetToysBeToys )

    Jess Day@day_jessFollow

    @SocImages More pointlessly gendered products seen at @BristolZooGdns (HT Emma on Facebook via @LetToysBeToys )

    10:22 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    19. Work gloves.

    @SocImages @lisawade Too many puns available for this unnecessary gendered product..."When working between studs..."

    Brian Turnbaugh@wegotwitsFollow

    @SocImages @lisawade Too many puns available for this unnecessary gendered product..."When working between studs..."

    3:10 PM - 22 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    20. Toothpaste.

    gryffodair.tumblr.com / pinterest.com

    Aside from the pointless gendering, nothing says "whitening" like a black tube.

    21. Man wipes.

    What exactly do men require extra in their sanitary wipes? Also ew.

    22. Fish hooks.

    23. Glue.

    24. Bread.

    25. Powder.

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    I don't even know what to say about this.

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