As I’m sure many of you are, I’m preparing intensely for the upcoming holiday season. Nothing against Halloween (the best holiday), but holiday gifts are on my mind year round. I am a big fan of starting to shop early, so I don’t spend a couple paychecks at the end of November on just gifts. So today, I have a short list of must reads (or must buys) for your favorite feminerd!Read More »
Hey Fangirls, today I thought it would be a better plan to share some things I was sent (and found) about supporting folks who will be needing it once the President Elect comes to office. My plan is to support companies and businesses owned by women and people of color that are working to benefit women. Some of these are NSFW, and I’ll make sure that is clear.
Fangirls, I’m at the first of 2 conventions I’m going to this month, and I know New York Comic Con is coming up next month, so it’s time for a refresher on the importance of safety at conventions. It’s really important to be aware of your surroundings, along with being aware of yourself.
Fangirls, I’ve had a big issue with this for a long time. It’s considered inappropriate for women’s bras to be visible in any way, including the strap. On one hand, I can totally understand it, but on the other, it really pisses me off.
I think it may be an unfortunate testament to my race that I only first heard this term a week ago. However, contrary to how it appears, white feminism isn’t about being white. I’m white, but I’m not going to get defensive, it doesn’t apply to me. I know where I stand. But we’ll address that point later. White feminism is all too familiar to all of us, even if we don’t realize it, and it makes it a lot more difficult for equality to be achieved at any level. Read More »
Fangirls, I know we’ve discussed the importance of having female role models in the nerd related media before. Today I would like to talk about body type representation, because it’s something that can be extremely difficult to find for someone of my size.
Fangirls, for many a year, I’ve been buying beauty products; razors, shampoo, soap, all of that is necessary for keeping a body clean and fresh. But often, for women, it’s more expensive to get those products. The other day, Nerdy Lipstick and I were walking through Target so I could grab some razors, and she suggested I go to the men’s area to avoid the “Pink Tax.” I had never heard that phrasing before, but I instantly knew what she was talking about.
“The Pink Tax” is exactly what it says; a tax on things pink. Things like razors, shampoos, deodorant, and even some soaps, tend to be more expensive because they are for women specifically. A quick search of Target’s website, and the razor example is shown perfectly. A four pack of women’s disposable razors a $5.39, while a five count of men’s disposable razors is $4.99. The brand is the same; “up & up,” one of Target’s store brands.
Crazy, right? Men’s razors are usually just as good as women’s, if not better. They are meant for face shaving, so they can still move to the contours of your legs without messing you up. So why are they so much cheaper?
To be fair, it isn’t just Target that’s using this unfair system, it’s everywhere. On Walmart’s website, I searched for body wash, and found some very similar results. Dove has a two-pack of body wash for women priced at $6.88 for two 14.5fluid ounce bottles, while Old Spice has a two-pack for $6.55 for two 18 fluid ounce bottles. Now, these are owned by different companies; Unilever owns Dove and P7G owns Old Spice, but they’re still selling more product for less money.
It’s a bit ridiculous, isn’t it? To be totally honest, I’m not certain what we can do about this. We can write letters and articles, make unhappy tweets, and complain to the companies involved (that would be Target, Walmart, Unilever, and P&G in this article alone, so far), but how does it help us? There is no guarantee that prices will even out more. So until then; buy non-gender specific items. At Hannaford (the local grocery store here), Dial soap is sold for $2.49 for a three pack. It doesn’t look catered to one gender or another, and is incredibly inexpensive.
So you can buy items that look genderless, and let the numbers show that we want less expensive items without gender, or you can just go with whatever’s cheapest. Or make your own (be careful, making soap can be difficult, and possibly dangerous). Whatever you do, make sure that you are aware of the Pink Tax, and don’t let it take all of your money.
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