Being the only girl between two boys, I’ve always found gender roles, norms, and ideas very interesting. My mom never made my brothers do the dishes, but she made me help out a lot (and I bet she’s pissed about that now that my brother is a 25-year-old slob still living under her roof).
Housework aside, gender comes into play in so many other facets of our lives that we probably don’t even think twice about it. That is, until someone points them out.
Take grooming, for example. Women have aisles upon aisles of shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, sprays, razors, lotions, creams, and so forth. Men, on the other hand? There are far fewer options. That said, men’s products tend to be significantly less expensive than women’s products. Strolling my local drugstore, I found that while men’s and women’s Dove deodorants have the same exact ingredients, the men’s was 50 cents cheaper and 0.1 ounce bigger than the women’s! Plus, if you bought four of them, you got a $5 gift card. That was not the case with the women’s.
I also find it interesting that, in the men’s aisle, it’s easy to find two-in-one bottles of a bunch of things. Body wash that doubles as shampoo, shampoo slash conditioner, body slash face wash. You get the point. Women didn’t have that option at all!
All of that makes it seem like men have such a low-maintenance, low-budget way of life. So I had to find out if it’s easier to live that way. It was time to trade in the array of products I use on a daily basis for a more “masculine” regimen.
Instead of using expensive women’s grooming products, I would swap them out for the equivalent men’s grooming products. Not only would this save me money, it would also probably be just as effective. Right? Time to find out.