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Soapbox Rant

Monday, December 09, 2013

Yesterday's discovery about the discontinuation of my Garmin watch and its replacement by ugly colors including the gag inducing hated pink was just the start. I was also looking at some running gear sites at medal holders and discovered a way to store/display racing bibs too.

Except..."Run like a Girl" ? More pink ? Girls Run ? More pink and powder blue ? Don't even get me started on women's shoe sizes and colors! Or perhaps I should say "girls' shoes" !

Are we really so insecure as a society that we have to minimize the abilities of women, by refusing to grant them full adulthood? Run like a girl? What, I'm 4 years old? And did you, gear manufacturers, ever consider that maybe, just maybe, we would like to wear something other than pink and other pastels?

I, personally, find manufacturers' insistence on marketing women's items in pink to be offensive. It is patronizing, it is trivializing.

I have to wear men's running shoes because there are none in a "women's" size that are wide enough and I refuse to have tight shoes and be uncomfortable. I want my shoes to be bold and vibrant and make me want to run...not boring, bland and white / pastel.

If I want a hammer or a power tool sized to fit my hands - which are obviously smaller than a man's - why is my only option pink? A pink power drill? A pink hammer?

If you are female and like pink and like being called a girl...good for you and I mean that sincerely with no sarcasm.

But for me it is sexist, demeaning, trivializing and discriminatory. People are people and should have equal opportunities (and responsibilities!) without the trivialization. If a woman wants to do a "man's" job...she should be allowed to do so (and the reverse is true as well!). If there are valid physical requirements to do the job then a woman must be able to meet those requirements too. Note the word "valid". Nor should those VALID requirements be reduced just because of gender (or race or any other stupid cultural division)...if she wants it bad enough she will work for it. Oh boy, this could be an entirely new rant!

Don't make pink my only option just because I am a woman. Enough with the pastels as my only choice in foot wear and give me real size options. Because I am just SO sorry my feet are not petite and narrow. Don't tell me how great a company you are for making tools sized for women and then demeaning us by making them pink...because they are "only for women". And yes, I do know at least one tool company like this is actually owned by a woman which makes it even worse.

Maybe I'm too sensitive.

Or maybe I'm just tired of how our society constantly bombards us with overt AND covert messages that demean and objectify women and reduce us to children.

Run like a girl?

I don't think so.

I run. Period.

Ok, end of rant, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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    I hear you!
    1535 days ago
    OMG, I completely forgot about children's toys! Mine are teenagers now so I haven't been near a toy department in years. I refused to give into the gender son's favorite toy for awhile was a vacuum cleaner and he could care even less than less about sports. My daughter was a football player in 7th grade (then crossed to the dark side and became a cheerleader). It drive my ex insane that our kids didn't conform to the way boys and girls are "supposed to be".
    1536 days ago
    I think that you are officially my new hero. You're so right. And wander into the kids' department and see where it starts.
    1536 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Have you voiced this to the manufacturers? We can only change things if we let them know we are not happy with the current status-quo. Go get em!
    1536 days ago
    I read this article the other day about pink and blue.... How before the womens movement, boys in the US wore pink and girls wore blue. (the study compared sears and jc penny catolog colors of childrens clothes, ect) The womens movement sort of flopped it around. I thought it was interesting. Put your money where your preferences are, companies will come around if enough people feel the same way you do! Rant away in the meantime!!!
    1536 days ago
    Awesome rant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1537 days ago
    Rant away! I agree.
    1537 days ago
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    1537 days ago
    Great rant! The pink stuff is just out of control! someone else mentioned the fact tha people will even wear stuff that says Pink on their ass. Good grief! I think that sends a bad message and I love pink but not THAT much.
    1537 days ago
    Pastel running shoes are one of my pet peeves as well... so glad my last pairs have been gray (but mine are from Academy, not an expensive running store- I have to take what I can find)

    Although.... I don't mind the really bright shoes, though I've never found any I could wear without looking like a circus clown- my feet are loooooong.
    1537 days ago
    No, you're not too sensitive. I also have to buy men's shoes because women's are just too narrow. Back when I joined the Army (70's) they issued us a "PT" uniform, blouse, shorts with wraparound skirt, and white tennis shoes. These shoes were so narrow, the fitters kept trying bigger and bigger sizes on me to get something that would fit. I ended up with about three inches of empty toe space.
    1537 days ago
    I like Suunto myself. I have their t4c and it coaches me on how hard to work out. My husband calls it Der Fuehrer.
    1537 days ago
    awwww, I love pink. But i'm all for choices. What we like shouldn't be dicatated by our gender!
    1537 days ago
    Derp...the marketing is obviously slanted towards women who are easy to steer into the corral. AND of course is marketed by LAZY people who do NOT have the ability to think outside the box and recognize what's really going on in the world of mighty, powerful, INTELLIGENT women today. long as pink sells and it certainly does because it's so associated with cancer shall reign on.

    Do I own pink..nope I like to be an individual. Maybe that's why I relate so much to you my little ranter supreme! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1537 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    I think I have said all of this at one time or another.
    1537 days ago
    I'm a basic black and white girl myself - with shades of turquoise and autumn browns and heather grays mixd in for good measure.

    Frankly, I'm not a pink person either. What really bugs me is when I see that word emblazoned on a girls ass.

    Check out "Essentials Tools for Women" by Great Neck.

    Come in some color combos OTHER than pink...but in pink also... emoticon

    Good luck!

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    1537 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Great rant! Very

    Society has been a blue is for boys, pink is for girls kind of place for generations. I wonder who made this up, and why we continue to stick to it. My favorite color is orange.

    I ended up taking auto repair in high school, because it was what guys were supposed to do, while girls took home economics, and learned how to cook. I hated it, and I love to cook, but if I had taken home economics, it would have been assumed I wanted to pick up girls, or that I was gay. Meanwhile, we had a girl in our class, who loved working on cars, and she was labeled a lesbian. Why else would she want to work on cars. right?

    I laugh at all the " women's " products that are much more expensive, and nice and pink, like deodorant, and shavers. Of course, that's because I am a man. Several of my girlfriends have bought men's products, because they were so much cheaper for the same thing.

    I'm thinking this is because of 60 + year old CEO's, and marketing people. Hopefully in 20 years, these ideas are done, and people can just buy a product that does the job. Society takes time to change, but eventually, it happens.
    1537 days ago
    advertisement is not about quality or need anymore . Problem is theres more ignorant people with no commonsense and sales people have to try to sell them and the knowing have to sit by and deal with it. Im not a genious but I don't buy what I don't need or buy it to say I own it.
    1537 days ago
    I had a pink rant to a friend before and she said, "Did you know that back in the early 1900s, boys wore pink and girls wore blue? Because pink was a vivid color, an exciting color, and boys were expected to be vivid and exciting, and blue was calm and sedate, and girls were expected to be calm and sedate.

    It's a shame blue is my favorite color, because if I lived back then, I would have had to rant against it.

    I agree--I told my dad years ago that pink is no color for a gun, or a fishing pole, and if girls want to hunt/shoot or fish, they wouldn't want to do it with pink, anyway.

    A few months later he bought my yet-to-be-born daughter a pink bb gun. But at least it was intended for a GIRL, not a woman. And my poor misguided daughter LOVES pink, so, it works.

    I have nothing pink in my wardrobe, because even the races I do that support breast cancer research or awareness, I give their shirts away.

    Have you seen the website I do like it--toys and stuff geared toward girls--it's great for me and my daughters.

    Rant on, Sister!
    1537 days ago
    You go,girl!
    1537 days ago
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