Girls are over-charged everyday. Imagine if that happened to humen | Jessica Valenti

Now we have more proof that the system is rigged to fleece females, who have historically been portrayed as financially irresponsible and frivolous

Just when you think society was making progress on womens issues, the corner store demonstrates you wrong.

In December, an investigation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that in a study of nearly 800 products from playthings to personal items like shampoo many were priced differently for men and women. Men razors ran for $14.99, for example, while the same razors marketed toward girls were being sold for $18.49. A pink Radio Flyer childrens scooter in pink was double the price of a red boys version. In total, the investigation found that of the products they looked at, items were priced on average 7% more for women than those for men.

A report this month on products in the UK found something very similar: when it came to the same products marketed differently for men and women, there was a whopping 37% difference in price . Beauty products, playthings, everything. It doesnt even get better as you age: adding insult to injury, women are even charged more for adult nappies.

Beyond the profound unfairness of having to pay more for the same products( while making less fund, to boot !~ ATAGEND) theres something quite frustrating about the fact that shopping is something that has long been used to paint females as frivolous and financially irresponsible.

A wife coming home with shopping bags and a stressed out seeming spouse is an image were all familiar with, for example. Women are also disproportionately targeted by ad, told that we need more especially in the area of beauty if were not to be hideous hags too made-under to leave the house. Then they charge us more for all of it.

Since it seems females have been overpaying for everyday items, perhaps its time that drugstores and apparel shops even it out by making some products that men use more often than women more expensive. Spread the inequality around!

I am sure that every woman in America would be grateful, for example, if we were somehow be permitted to attain the noxious Axe body spray more expensive preferably prohibitively so, so that no one is ever again is needlessly subjected to the wafting scent of desperation and dirty frat home floors. The same runs for the price of aftershave. In fact, we could make anything that smells like sandalwood or Old Spice cost double the price of floral-scented soaps.

And, since women have historically been responsible for and spent out-of-pocket for family planning,( until recently thanks, Obama !) perhaps condoms should be priced at $10 a piece. That would come with the added bonus of men eventually realizing the cost women bear for hormonal birth control( the costs of the pill without insurance is more than three times the lifetime cost of using condoms ).

Or perhaps we could jack up the price of boxer shorts to $50 a pair. Though that might have the unintended consequence of men not changing out their underwear as often as they should, so … never mind.

Fine. Gouging men is a terrible notion. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize that pricing products based on gender isnt only discriminatory, its silly. A razor is a razor, a pen is a pen no matter who is using it. If only manufacturers and stores realise as much.

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