In which men and women are from different planets

Both the wife and I had used up our deodorants so I had been tasked with buying them during the evening trip to the neighbourhood grocery shop. The men’s deodorants have abstract names (Cobalt, Quantum, Afrika) that have no co-relation with what the deo smells like. If I don’t sample the product in the shop, I would have no clue what I would end up with. On the other hand, the names of women’s deodorants (Aloe, Lavender) give a fair indication of their smell. I wonder what it tells us about gender stereotypes? That men will throw money on anything that exudes a vague hint of machismo, whereas women like their products to be coherent and predictable?

May 20, 2012