25 Women’s Products That Were Clearly Designed By Men

Published 3 months ago

Women on Reddit are raising their voices to shed light on the everyday products and procedures that seem to have missed the mark when it comes to catering to their needs. From ill-fitting clothing to overly complicated beauty gadgets, many women are sharing their frustrations about products and services that appear to have been designed without considering their perspectives. 

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Whether it’s uncomfortable undergarments or skincare routines that feel more like a chore than self-care, these discussions highlight the importance of inclusivity and understanding in product design. By speaking out, women are advocating for change and pushing for a world where their experiences are acknowledged and valued in every aspect of daily life.

#1 Abortion laws.

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#2 Whoever designed auto-flushing toilets. The damn thing is throwing sewage water on the back of my thighs before I can get my pants up. Wtaf?!?!.

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#3 Car seat belts. Mine slips up all the time, and I have it on the lowest setting. I am 5’4″ tall. So uncomfortable.

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#4 There is a patent for labia glue that dissolves when you pee on it do use while on your period to hold the blood in. A male chiropractor invented and tried to sell it. So that.

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#5 Birth Control

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Birth control – because most women even nowadays still don’t know it is perfectly safe not to get a period when you are on it. The 7 day pill gap was invented by men and priests back in the day so the pill would look like it keeps the normal cycle. IT does not and you don’t need a period when you are on the pill.

#6 Most women’s shoes are shaped to be long, thin and pointy. My feet are not long, thin and pointy, **they are** **foot-shaped**, and shoe shopping is a*s.

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#7 Button down shirts that don’t account for breasts and if you CAN button it all the way up you have these huge gaps and stretching between the buttons.

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#8 Every public restroom I’ve been to that doesn’t have a little trash receptacle in the stall. Having to walk your soiled sanitary products to the main trash in the handwashing area is adding insult to injury when periods suck enough. .

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#9 Every single gyno procedure and lack of pain meds given for it.

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#10 Sports bras and their removable pads.

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#11 Maternity leave.

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I’m in the US where you’re lucky to have it and even if you do there are often ridiculous stipulations like, leave starting only when you go into labor.

There’s no way a system where the expectation is that 100% of women will be able to work until a baby literally begins to fall out of them was designed by a woman.

#12 Most pharmaceuticals, unfortunately.

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#13 Tampons, considering they didn’t think to test them with actual blood until last year.

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#14 The chainsaw. I wish I never knew this fact.

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#15 Ok, this is niche, but I hate it whenever I go to sit at a bar and there are no hooks under the bar. Double points if the stools don’t have a back where I can loop my purse/coat over the seat back, and I am stuck piling my purse and/or coat in my lap. Same for public restrooms – pleaseee put a hook on the door so I’m not precariously balancing my purse on my lap or worse on the floor.

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#16 Someone PLEASE put more belt loops on my work pants! Oh, and NORMAL pockets, please and thankyou.

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#17 Women’s power tools. They are just a pink version of the men’s tools, or they are just a less powerful version. No redesign of the weight, shape, or grip size to make them easier to hold for our body shapes, just a pink tax.

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#18 All obgyn vaginal procedures. BARBARIC.

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#19 Wasn’t there some guys on shark tank or something like it that made gloves for women to use to change their menstrual products? They were single use and pink or something?.

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#20 Scented pads, especially mint “flavoured” ones.

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#21 Religious rules. And clothes without pockets.

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#22 Women’s Genital Wash. Summers Eve, for example, is a modern brand. The vagina is self-cleaning. The fragrances and chemicals in these washes can cause infections. Do not wash inside your vagina! Water only.

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#23 Razors. I just buy the regular man-version if I wanna use a razor.

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#24 When you get a needle biopsy, you have to lie on a cold formica table with a sharp edged hole w yr breast dangling through it. The first time I had to do this, we (me, women docs and nurses) all commented on the terrible design of the thing.

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When I has another needle biopsy a few years later, the table had been redesigned. It was now pink. ❤️.

#25 Most lingerie.

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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