Friday, October 26, 2012

Girly Products

We've all seen it.

People were upset with Lego Friends.

Then people mocked Bic for Her.  Stupid name, interesting colors (especially for teacher that like to grade in non-red colors)

Now Japan has a car and a laptop marketed towards the girly girls in Japan.

I consider myself a feminist.  And I'm not really upset by this.  And let me tell you why.

(This is all with the following caveat:  I'm ok with this, as long as the pink stuff isn't sold at an inflated price.)

  1. The Lego Friends.  We were a Lego household.  My brother would build things with lego.  I made houses for the Fabuland guys.  Fabuland... just like Lego Friends, but less pink.
  2. It's ok to be a woman and like pink stuff!  There.  I said it.  It's not ok to be seriously upcharged for the pink frilly stuff, but it's your right as a woman to like it and want to buy it.  Mazel Tov.  (It is also your right as a women not to like the pink stuff.)
  3. The car and the laptop are marketed in Japan, where the pink, frilly, girly movement is HUGE.  Will we see the car here?  Probably not.  (I can see the laptop.  Acer had a pink netbook years ago that sold well.)
Maybe we as a society need to move away from marketing anything to a specific gender, and maybe just offer pinks, blues, blacks and all as color options.  

I don't know.  But for now I'm going to use my pink pens (bought so I see people walking away with them) to write in my pink planner.  And I'll continue to use my ladies razor (because it's easier to hold than a man's razor).

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