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Sexism and satire now available in the world of ball point pens

Updated on June 10, 2015
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The funniest Amazon reviews I have ever read

I really don't know what Bic were thinking about. Truly. The product you see here is for 'female pens'. (Yeah, I know... but read on)

The product might well be perfectly lovely (hmm, what do you think?) but the reviews are just downright hilarious. You can read them by using the 'buy now' button below. (You'll only be taken to the product page; it won't demand your credit card number. Never fear).

The reviews warm the cockles of my heart

Hello Bic? This is the twenty first century. Gone are the days of Bewitched with Samantha, immaculately coiffured, pouring martinis for her hard-working husband.

Believe it or not, we don't do that any more. (Really and truly).

The days of the Lost In Space females dutifully trotting off to tend the hydroponic garden whilst the men fearlessly fight aliens is past. (As are their pointy bosoms. Oh my goodness!)

But after all these years, all these years, Bic decides that our delicate little hands need special pens. Pink ones. With sparkles. Yep. Isn't that wonderful?

Just imagine

Gertrude Tendrich would confirm that we have been able to swim, ski and play tennis for many a year. And although I'm no expert in female anatomy I am female and I never knew that our reproductive systems affected our handwriting.

Mrs Pankhurst would throw herself under a racehorse.

Germaine Greer would growl - in Australian.

As Ellen says in the video below, the American pharmaceutical industry has spent large fortunes developing products to make bald men's hair grown and to solve the problems of the American willy - we get pink pens.

I say:

We get strong and sturdy pens and men get the same thing but with the addition of the letter 'i'.

Oh my goodness.

I'm imagining the production conference...

'Let's do something for the girlies'

'What a good idea. Something for their sweet and delicate little hands.'

'And let's use pretty girlie pastels and even a little glitter.'

'Great idea, girlies like glitter.'

You have to read the reviews

It might take a while. When I started writing this there were 1700+ hilarious comments. Three hundred words later and there are 1800+.

See a sample review -scroll down

Should you possibly be inclined to purchase a pack of lady pens - as a joke, I'll assume - then you can do do using the button on the right.

Even if you don't want to buy, it's worth going to have a look at the hilarious reviews.

Mind you, you never know. These items are so bizarre that they might even become collector's items one day.

Nothing would surprise me.

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Love it! And there are 1800+ more...

See what Ellen has to say

You knew, didn't you, that Ellen deGeneres would have something to say about this...

Let's take a look at more pens

I can promise you that in the many (many,many) years I have been writing, I have never felt the need for a gender-specific pen. Have you?

I mean,of all the things that you can buy - have you really considered lady pens?

But wait (as they say in the infomercials) - see which pens get the most glory. Which pens command the most money? Are they lady pens?

Weird, I say.

Montegrappa Limited Edition Frank Sinatra Rollerball
Montegrappa Limited Edition Frank Sinatra Rollerball

This is the most expensive pen that's available at Amazon.

And look what it's called. Hmm. Typical. Why not the 'Ella Fitzgerald'? I've worked in marketing. We all understand that using the name of a famous person is similar to a celebrity endorsement.

We get that.

But why Sinatra? Is this a 'man's pen'?

Is the name really better than the 'Sarah Vaughan'? Interesting...I can promise you that in the many (many,many) years I have been writing, I have never felt the need for a gender-specific pen. Have you?

 
Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Ballpoint Pen 105808
Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Ballpoint Pen 105808

This pen, also not cheap, is the John Lennon as you can see. Note that it is not the Yoko Ono.

Or even the Cynthia.

 

I have been pretty scathing about Amazon reviews on my own website. (That's here in case you're interested).

But really, the ones for the lady pens are truly hilarious! What fun...

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Hi @MelanieKaren - that video is SO funny, isn't it? Such a weird product!

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is fabulous and so funny. I wasn't aware of the "for her" pen, and your take on it is really great. I laughed through the whole Ellen video and Amazon comments too. What a crazy product. I hope it backfired and BIC hasn't received many sales.

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      John Tannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

      @BritFlorida: Do you know what, if they hadn't put "For Her" on the pack it would have been perfectly OK.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JohnTannahill: A very good point :)

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      John Tannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I think it's unfair that girls get all the pink sparkly stuff.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Thank you Rose -I'm so glad you enjoyed it - it was such fun to write :)

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      OMG, this is hysterical . . love the "i" that men get. Glad you wrote about these Brit!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: I just couldn't resist writing about it :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My niece linked me to an article about this yesterday and I spent some time reading the reviews and they are hysterical! I guess any press is good press, lol - cause this is spreading around the net pretty fast!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SheGetsCreative: I love purple too :)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've never wanted or needed a "gender specific" set of pens, although when I was younger I did feel the urge to exclusively write in purple ink lol