Top 10 Worst Geek Girl Products
It would seem that most product designers think that marketing towards women and girls is as easy as taking a popular product and painting it pink. As if women would only be interested in something if it matches her gender-appropriate wardrobe. I’ll admit to the fact that many women enjoy pink and it’s nice to have certain accessories and products that come in a variety of colors. What’s annoying is when it comes in “normal” color and “girl” color. But it gets worse than just pink. Much worse.
Marketing at it’s heart is simply selling to stereotypes. Check out the Top 10 Worst Geek Products ever marketed towards women and girls. Warning: many face-melting shades of pink lie ahead.
I’m already of the belief that Wiimote attachments are stupid as hell. Making the flimsy plastic toys neon pink? Not an improvement, and it definitely doesn’t make me want to buy it more than any other color.
Girls are only interested in science if it will make them look pretty!! Thankfully, other (presumably newer) products from Scientific Explorer feature both boys and girls on the packaging of products that would typically be marketed only towards one sex. For example, there’s a girl on the Gross Anatomy set, and boys on another Spa Time Therapies Kit. But this and a more general “boy” science kit is what I saw at Target.
To be honest, I don’t even know if this is a real product. If it is, I’m trying to work out the mechanics of it. What are people going to think when you pull a mouse of of your purse? Or is it a working mouse that you use to take away the shine right at your desk? And which is worse?
Nine times out of ten, I don’t see the batteries powering my various battery powered devices. So why in the world would I need pink batteries??
Y’know what? No. I’m going to hold back the Bratz tirade. There’s plenty of other Bratz tirades out there for you. Let’s take a look at what we have here. A Bratz (cringe)Video Game. Focused on math… at the mall. And for some damn reason you do you math-related shopping via a pair of giant sexy lips. Math skills are only to put to use when facilitating self-absorption, ladies!
I would only buy this if I never wanted to play Monopoly with a male ever ever ever again. Instead of properties, you buy malls! Instant Message and Text Message cards instead of Chance and Community Chest! As for the game tokens, we have sunglasses, a flip flop, a hair dryer, a cell phone, a soccer ball, a puppy, a skateboard, and a purse, all of which have the ability to be turned into a charm. Because eventually you’ll get bored and want to play dress up.
So many video games geared towards girls cover one of these topics: Fashion, Marriage, and Homemaking. It’s the key steps in becoming a woman, of course. Find a man, marry him, and start rearing the children! The Imagine games by Ubisoft are the worst offenders. See the game I chose to feature? Right. She’s not a doctor. She is a family doctor. Not a surgeon, not a neurologist. Remember girls: even if you are doctor, you still should be acting like a mommy!
Here is what makes Lego one of the best toys out there: it’s a construction toy. If you’re ever stuck for what to get a child 3 and up? Always Lego. Always. Every child, regardless of sex or interests, can make something that appeals to them out of those colorful little bricks. But you know what color it was missing? Yeeeeeeaah… Thanks, Lego, for reminding girls they should be playing with “girl” toys.
You know who isn’t girly enough? Wonder Woman. We need to make her more appealing to girls somehow. While we’re on the topic, does anyone else remember that Batgirl/Supergirl crossover where they were trapped inside an exploding Pepto-Bismol factory?
Back in 2009, Dell realized that us women folk just plain couldn’t wrap our heads around computers! Or our hands, for that matter. So they unveiled Della, computers for women. The entire site was filled with computers described like fashion accessories, and helpful hints on getting skinny and, what else, shopping. Thankfully, the condescending concept died a quick death.
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