I have been saying this for YEARS … it makes no sense. This is fact, this is real… same as the fact that women still fill more lower paying jobs than males. SO, whhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyy do we have to pay MORE? AND we have additional expenses.. when’s the last time your bf, husband bought the birth control pills? Paid for your Depo shot, IUD, or pads? YEA, we pay for that.. it’s our fault that we have wombs so we should pay more? I don’t think so.
My theory? No matter how you dress it up, paint it.. spray ‘equality’ perfume on it… it’s the same old phallocentric world it has been for a long time. Seriously, I’ve talked about how society ‘forces’ us to live good co-dependent lives. Get married, or if you’re not – be in a common law relationship. If you are not – you lose. Really, do the research, look at the numbers.. there are other articles written on it. Singles have a harder time saving money than couples and it’s not just because of their lifestyle.. anyway.. I’m off topic.. if you don’t believe me look for yourself or u can hahah.. ask me. And you will get a long-winded answer.
(beware, the msn.com page has lots of ads which.. I found annoying.. so below I’ve pasted the article.)
I know, I know.. sympatico is far from the best news source to use.. but I was happy to see an article that I don’t have the resources to write.. I didn’t know two women sued Saks for charging them and not men (read below). Also, if you ever know who to contact, articles on sympatico are often riddled with spelling mistakes. For example in this article Neutrogena was ‘Neutrogrena.’
Why it costs more to be a woman
haircuts to home insurance, moisturizers to mortgages, women are
charged more than men for essentially the same stuff. There’s only one
way to fight this bunk.
The January issue of Consumer Reports just came in the mail, and what I found on Page 8 shocked me. There
were two bottles of Nivea body wash: one for men priced at $5.49 and
one for women costing $7.49.
Why the 2-buck difference? Nivea’s reason, according to Consumer Reports senior editor Tod Marks, is that the women’s product is made with "skin-sensation technology," which makes it more expensive.
I tried to imagine a bigger load of bunk. I failed.
Consumer reports compared six products that come in his-and-hers versions (or a neutral edition and a feminine
one): shaving cream, antiperspirant, pain reliever, eye cream, body
wash and razors. The magazine found that products aimed specifically at
women can cost more than 50% extra.
OK, you might say, is it really worth jumping up and down about the cost of soap and razors?
because the body wash surcharge is just the latest in a long line of
puzzling, outrageous gender-based price differences. Whether you’re
talking haircuts or health insurance, moisturizers or mortgages, women are typically charged more than men for the necessities of life.
The same but not equal
According to Consumer Reports, sometimes the company in question provided a decent reason.
a Barbasol rep explained, "80% of women like to shave in the shower,"
so the product needs a rust-resistant aluminum-bottom can. The company
also adds more fragrance. These things cost more.
OK, fine. But why is Neutrogena’s Hydrating Eye Reviver eye cream (0.5 ounce) selling for $10 when its girly twin, Ageless
Essentials Continuous Hydration Eye (also 0.5 ounce), goes for $15?
Because we’re suckers?
But there is a lot more going on beneath all this lather.
Not just moisturizers
justifies charging 70% more per ounce for the female-branded shaving
cream by claiming it meets a woman’s needs. As Marks says, "You’re
paying for a convenience factor."
Say your boyfriend tells you
that his apartment costs $500 a month and that one just like it is
available in his building. When you go to check it out, the landlord
tells you the rent will be $850 — 70% more.
That’s crazy, right? That would never happen in real life, would it? Don’t bet your depleted dollars on it:
* A 2006 study (.pdf download <address below if this doesn’t work>) by the Consumer Federation of America indicated that women were 32% more likely than men of similar income to
carry subprime mortgages. Those subprime interest rates topped 7.66%
when the average prime mortgage rate was 5.87%. On a $100,000 loan,
that’s nearly $120 a month more — about $43,000 more over 30 years.
Women were 41% more likely to end up with high-cost subprime loans, at
rates above 9.66%.
* Most recently, during the debate over health
care in the U.S., another nasty reality was brought back into the
spotlight: Many insurance companies charge women higher premiums and/or
impose harsher terms (by rejecting claims or curtailing coverage),
especially for those of childbearing age. Examples ranged from 22% to
50% higher, depending on age and state.
That adds up to a lot more than a buck here or there at the grocery store.
When I posted this topic on a message board, many readers chimed in
with their own examples of the higher cost of female living: jeans,
cars, razors. (Others noted that women can sometimes finagle discounts
that no man could pull off — tears and traffic tickets being a
particularly strong example.)
The gender price gap also was documented in the early 1990s, when former New York Times reporter Frances Cerra Whittelsey wrote a book with consumer advocate Ralph Nader called "Why Women Pay More."
might not remember the book, but you might recall the outcry: Women
were paying more for dry cleaning! For haircuts! For cars!
In one case that Whittelsey reported, two women sued Saks Fifth Avenue because they were charged to have their evening dresses altered, while men got tuxedo alterations for free.
Pay more and make less
you look at each product or service individually, the affront doesn’t
appear so egregious. But it all adds up: a few bucks for alterations, a
percentage point or two in mortgage interest, higher health care co-pays.
consider that, on average, a woman still earns about 78 cents to a
man’s dollar (or $78,000 compared with $100,000 paid to a male
colleague with the same level of experience). And women with children
are less likely to be hired and are offered lower salaries than are
fathers or women without children, according to Stanford University researcher Shelley Correll.
So why are women being charged more? Ellen Galinsky, the president of Families and Work Institute,
a non-profit policy-research group in New York, speculates that
companies play to female tastes because they are aware that women make
most household consumer choices, "so it’s a way for them to increase
Buy like a man
solution is to vote with your dollars, Galinsky says. "I would hope
that consumers would exercise their consumer power about this and
perhaps gain another form of equity" — by saving money and sending a
message that we’re not playing this game.
That’s what posters on the Consumer Reports blog are doing. A couple of examples:
* "My mother used men’s Rogaine because the women’s version cost
significantly more. It came in a pink box but was otherwise chemically
* "I use M Lotion for Men, a moisturizer made by Clinique. It is in fact Clinique’s Dramatically Different,
a widely known and used women’s moisturizer. It costs a little more
than half of what the women’s one does. A clerk told me once — quite
matter-of-factly — that it was priced that way because Clinique knew
that men were not going to spend as much on personal care products as
women were accustomed to doing."
So, gals, it’s up to us.
Whenever you make a purchasing decision, do a little research to find
out whether you’re paying that special price for being a woman. Then
buy like a man and get what you want for a better rate.