If the "Pink Tax" is real...why don't feminists and women who object to it simply opt to buy the same products that men use?

If there's no discernable difference between shampoos, razors, deodorants and other "gendered products," and women have a problem with paying more...why don't they just buy the stuff the men buy and pay less?

Is the difference in price the problem, or is it the need for feminists to continually whine about something that is the problem?

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago
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    Everything is worth what the buyer is willing to pay.

    Women are willing to pay $15 for a bottle of body soap.

    Men are not.

    This reflects in the price of products.

    It's not my fault nor my problem if someone is dumb enough to spend so much extra on these things.

  • Jack
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    I guess it's easier for me to address these points as an answer to my question than it is for me to comment on every answer, so here goes.

    "Hm - well, let's see you use products designed for women, aimed at women."

    If they were cheaper than products I currently use, and were effective enough to be used for what I need them for...I would.

    "You do amuse me. The greatest fear a man has is to be seen as feminine. So, you go and buy a pink razor and see how comfortable you feel."

    Sweetheart, I'm a gay man who grew up wedged between two sisters. I was the one recruited to go out and buy my younger sister's maxi pads when she had her first period. I've purchased lube and condoms at a department store, greet several of my guy friends who are gay with a kiss even on an otherwise busy street, went to my first pride when things weren't quite so tolerant...and you think that I'd be afraid of buying a pink razor? It's kind of precious how clueless you are! LOL

    "That would really work with tampons, bras and dresses."

    Yes but those things have nothing to do with the so called "Pink Tax." What the "Pink Tax" in effect refers to is this belief that there are certain products that both men and women use, yet despite the fact that they are asserted to be so similar that they're effectively considered the same, the price for women is higher.

    Of course the products aren't the same...as TL;DR outlined in one of his video so thoroughly...but I'm betting most feminists wouldn't give it the time of day. For those who will...he addresses why dry cleaning a man's shirt costs less than dry cleaning a woman's blouse, the quantity of ingredients in the body wash and deodorant of men's products versus women's and so on.

    I suggest you give it a look.

  • Meow
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    I just heard about this pink tax thing today... I can't believe some people actually believe the difference is sexism. It's both something to complain about and a lack of understanding of something as basic as supply and demand and the labor put into things.I just heard about this pink tax thing today... I can't believe some people actually believe the difference is sexism. It's both something to complain about and a lack of understanding of something as basic as supply and demand and the labor put into things. There have already been laws passed to stop this.

    There are discernible differences, though. Women's razors are designed to take into account of shaving in the shower and for shaving legs, so that raises the price. Hair and hygienic products women use require rarer and more ingredients. Women's clothes are made differently to fit a woman's figure which costs more, and an average trip to the salon does a lot more than an average guy getting his hair trimmed.

  • Squid
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    The price of everything is determined by the market. Women are willing to spend more for the illusion that they are getting some special beauty products. There's no difference between the $2 shampoo and the $30 shampoo, except the label.

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  • 6 years ago

    Feminists make it sound like the "pink tax" is something that was instituted to oppress women. It's really just basic economics.

  • 6 years ago

    Hm - well, let's see you use products designed for women, aimed at women. You do amuse me. The greatest fear a man has is to be seen as feminine. So, you go and buy a pink razor and see how comfortable you feel.

    I have no qualms. Was brought up using my father's razor. But these products are aimed and designed for women. It's a marketing ploy. And one I don't think men are any better at.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    That doesn't scream "oppression" as loud as a conspiracy theory does.

  • Mark
    Lv 4
    6 years ago

    Ok. How about shaving. I have to shave every day for work. How often do women have to shave their legs.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    That would really work with tampons, bras and dresses. I do sometimes buy men's shoes.

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