Does it cost more to be a woman?
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Take a look at the photo at the right. I got 12 inches of my hair chopped off for Locks for Love, and my dormmate was generous enough to make the cut... for free!
Ok. Normally I do pay for my haircuts... but I go to SuperCuts or Great Cuts or some place like that, and if my boyfriend and I go at the same time, he doesn't pay that much less than me (considering I have a lot more hair than he does)... sometimes we pay the same!
I bring this up because I just read an article by MP Dunleavy about "Why it costs more to be a woman." Some of the points she brings up include:
- Certain consumer items simply cost more for women, such as Nivea body wash; the bottle designated for women's needs costs $2 more than the one for men
- Many insurance companies will charge women higher premiums
- Women are more likely to carry subprime mortgages
- Women still make less than men on the dollar
As soon as I saw this title on MSN, I could feel disagreement bubbling up inside of me. I continued to disagree after I read the article, too. I talk about this issue a lot with my partner, and it usually seems like men pay more for things. When we go shopping for clothes, it's easy to find women's apparel that is extremely cheap; Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and H&M are just a few examples of stores that primarily carry women's clothing and that have almost ridiculous sales. In clearance sections, I can pick up shoes for less than $5, shirts for $3, and pants for $10 or less. Even clothes that aren't on sale are pretty inexpensive.
Meanwhile, when we shop for clothes for the man, it's difficult to find anything that cheap, especially fancier clothing. When I can go to Bloom and find a shiny, pretty dress for $10, the shoes alone will cost much more for men.
My brother complains about the higher costs of car insurance for men. Everyone knows that males have to pay more when they're under 25, and transgressions result in even higher payments.
I think what Dunleavy is really getting at is that many women fall victim to gender norms and feel pressured to look their best at home and at work, resulting in their paying more for basic things like haircuts, clothes, and so on. The nicer items I do have, like a Tiffany necklace, are gifts from my boyfriend, anyway!
Of course, ladies are bound to bring up the fact that we pay for women's sanitary items and other products for female issues. But there are certainly items that only men need.
Also, men will argue that for a night out, men will pay for cover charges while women will often get in free. Sometimes, women will even get free drinks...
Bottom line, as a woman, I feel like I get off pretty easy a lot of the time, if not the same as the guys.
I'd love to get your input on this! Thank you!
- Why Does It Cost More To Be A Woman? - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
- Does it cost more to be a woman than a man? | Everydaymoney.ca
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