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Have you seen those ads for the "man-scape" or the "lawn-mower" or whatever? It think it's funny that masculinity is fragile enough that it needs "manly" names for hygiene products for men to use them.

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Haven't seen the ads, but I recognize the concept.  Its kinda weird. We have to have pink razors for women and blue ones for men, even though the blades are the same.  Mens and womens hairspray.  And medicine.  Women take Midol for menstrual cramps... its basically just acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Would most men take one for a headache?  Likely not, as its branded for women.  And I've seen men in the store walk all the way around the feminine hygiene aisle to get to something else rather than walk through it.  Silly. 

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Masculinity doesn't need 'manly' names at all. It's just a typical marketing exercise that reinforces the very stereotypes that we enlightened folk are trying to dismantle, which the rest of the world can't handle. 

 

I was involved in a similar discussion a fair while ago elsewhere. The discussion compared men who need to 'shop across the aisle' because of their rare but naturally occurring feminine figure and the stigma that they endure, to women who may have the rare need to shave their faces regularly and the absence of stigma if they buy men's products for that purpose.

 

It goes further. Ever notice how t-shirts are marketed as either 'women's' or 'men's/unisex'?

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Seen them - although I understand the pink/blue and product the same - I still get the pink now to make me feel better about myself, not them.

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Please don't judge me......but I actually bought one a few years back.😱  

 

I used a Norelco to trim myself down there for years and needed to replace it so I tried the Man-scape. I wouldn't trust it everywhere, though. Actually, I began shaving that area completely several years ago with a razor.

 

I put a new set of blades on the Man-scape and use it to trim my eyebrows, now. 🙃😁🌈

 

I'm so embarrassed. 

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1 hour ago, Mirrabooka said:

Ever notice how t-shirts are marketed as either 'women's' or 'men's/unisex'?

T shirts that are marketed as unisex or men's don't fit me. They ride up my hips! 

I can avoid the problem in two ways. Buying a couple sizes too big, or simply buying women's T's (I'm wearing one now). 

 

My T's from Torrid are cut different and of different material. They just don't ride up my curves. 

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One of my dear supportive friends trotted out the term "manscapping" when I shared with her about how, impulsively and desperately, I'd shaved my arms and legs for the first time (this was about a month ago. I can't see ever going back to the hairy limbs.)

 

I'm like, "Hmmm. Actually I read a Wirecutter article on the best women's razors and per their recommendation, I went with the classic Venus 3 blade. And also found some useful articles in "Mens Health" (of all places) on the best ways for men to remove hair from various parts of the body. 

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3 hours ago, April Marie said:

Please don't judge me......but I actually bought one a few years back.😱  

 

I used a Norelco to trim myself down there for years and needed to replace it so I tried the Man-scape. I wouldn't trust it everywhere, though. Actually, I began shaving that area completely several years ago with a razor.

 

I put a new set of blades on the Man-scape and use it to trim my eyebrows, now. 🙃😁🌈

 

I'm so embarrassed. 

 

Hey, if the product works, it works, regardless of its name. No shame in this community, okay??? Only love and acceptance.

 

Likewise, no shade to those pointing out the absurdity of aggressively gendered products. The point is well taken, for sure. And I'm sure everyone understands it's the motives of the marketing strategies which promote that aggressive gendering which are ridiculous, not the folks who use those products. Big difference.  

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I am also embarrassed (well ... maybe not🤔) to say I had to Google 'Man-Scaped' to figure out what you all were talking about.  Now I know.

But I have to agree with @Thea's original assessment ... on point marketing for fragile masculine identity.

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