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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Now women say Gillette are sexist too: Critics hammer shaving firm online for marketing pink razors called Venus to female users

Women who use Gillette products have blasted the shaving company for sexism for marketing pink razors called Venus to female users - just hours after its campaign to tackle 'toxic masculinity' divided the nation. 
Consumers blasted the global company and accused it of double standards over its branding which include the Passion and Embrace range.
Others even suggested the female-targeted products cost more on average than the male equivalent the Mach3 razor.
Skincare Caroline Hirons said: 'If Gillette really want to make a change perhaps they could start by looking at their pink 'Venus' range for women' and suggested their range costs more than the like for like male versions. 
Women who use Gillette products have blasted the shaving company for sexism for marketing pink razors called Venus to female users - just hours after its campaign to tackle 'toxic masculinity' divided the nation
Women who use Gillette products have blasted the shaving company for sexism for marketing pink razors called Venus to female users - just hours after its campaign to tackle 'toxic masculinity' divided the nation
Another said: 'I love the fact that people who need 'Venus' leg and armpit shavers (marketed solely to women) pay three times as much for Gillette razors so they can finally have positive ad campaigns'. 
Another user on Twitter said she was willing to overlook the face that the female range included a markup because she supports the campaign so much.
And Steve mocked Gillette for fighting gender stereotypes which selling a pink razor called Venus.  
Consumers blasted the global company and accused it of double standards over its branding which include the Passion and Embrace range. Others even suggested the female-targeted products cost more on average than the male equivalent - the Mach3 three blade razor
Consumers blasted the global company and accused it of double standards over its branding which include the Passion and Embrace range. Others even suggested the female-targeted products cost more on average than the male equivalent - the Mach3 three blade razor
Earlier in the day hundreds of male customers threatened to boycott the brand over its: 'We Believe: The Best Men Can Be' advert encouraged men to call out everyday sexism - only for many to condemn the behaviour shown as caricatures and false.  
Social media was deluged with outraged males who vowed never to buy any more products from the firm after the commercial went viral. 
It shows a man talking over a woman in a boardroom, boys fighting and grown men ignoring them saying 'boys will be boys'. It later features men wolf whistling at women without being countered by their peers. 
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Mansplaining: In one scene, a man speaks over his female colleague and explains what she means 
Mansplaining: In one scene, a man speaks over his female colleague and explains what she means 
Not having it: Instead of saying 'boys will be boys,' a dad stops his son from fighting with another little boy 
Not having it: Instead of saying 'boys will be boys,' a dad stops his son from fighting with another little boy 
Then at the end of the advert it shows good examples of behaviour, with men being corrected for their actions. In just one day 197,000 'disliked' the advert on YouTube.
The twitter hashtags #boycottgillette and #getwokegobroke - a term aimed at companies who try to be too politically correct and then suffer financially - spread online.
One wrote: 'Good luck continuing to sell your overpriced easily replaced razors to the majority of your razor customer base after telling them how much you hate them.'
ocial media was deluged with outraged males who vowed never to buy any more products from the firm after the commercial went viral
ocial media was deluged with outraged males who vowed never to buy any more products from the firm after the commercial went viral
Another said: 'I choose to no longer use Gillette products. I am neither sexist nor a misogynist and I find it abhorrent that a firm would use these messages and MeToo campaign to sell their wares.'
Another user wrote: 'This is absolutely shambolic stuff. A cheap and disingenuous attempt to win favour with today's PC culture. 
'Men are NOT like this and sexual harassment and bullying have NEVER been part of what masculinity is about. Any bloke worth their salt should.
And one added: 'Congratulations Gillette. You just alienated about half of your customers with this stupid ad. Hope you like losing money because that's what is going to happen.
Piers Morgan: 'Men are fed up with being told how awful we are'
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Piers Morgan was furious over the Gillette advert and said it would be outrageous if there was a similar advert about women
Piers Morgan was furious over the Gillette advert and said it would be outrageous if there was a similar advert about women
Earlier today Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan was livid the P&G brand known for its 'the best a man can get' slogan was advising men how to behave, saying 'most men are good guys'. 
He said: 'Men these days don't know what the hell they're doing all the qualities that were good in men are being portrayed as evil.
'Gillette used to celebrate fabulous masculine qualities, now the presumption is we are all horrible people. They have changed their tone from celebration of masculinity.
Stand up for what's right: The ad shows one man stopping his friend as he catcalls a woman who is waking by
Stand up for what's right: The ad shows one man stopping his friend as he catcalls a woman who is waking by
Stand up for what's right: The ad shows one man stopping his friend as he catcalls a woman who is waking by 
'This is not being driven by most women. It's being driven by radical feminist who don't like masculinity.  
'If this was the other way round –starting from the presumption all women are bad – you'd be fired.
'The premise of the Gillette advert is all men are predators unless proven otherwise.' 
The advert asks, as it shows examples of bad behaviour: 'Is this the best a man can get? 
Activist: The commercial shows a clip of actor Terry Crews, a victim of sexual assault, saying: 'Men need to hold other men accountable'
Activist: The commercial shows a clip of actor Terry Crews, a victim of sexual assault, saying: 'Men need to hold other men accountable'
It continues: 'Its been going on far too long. Something finally changed
It finishes with: 'The boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.'
The advert is currently being aired in the US and there are no plans to bring it to the UK even though the ad was directed by Kim Gehrig at the UK-basedproduction agency, Somesuch. 
A spokeswoman for P&G said: 'Gillette first introduced its tagline 'The Best A Man Can Get' 30 years ago. 
'Today, we're saying that the ideals that this statement inspire still hold true – but there's more we can do as a brand, and as a community of men, to live up to this ideal. 
Challenging social norms: The commercial highlights all the different ways the mistreatment of women has been normalized over the years
Challenging social norms: The commercial highlights all the different ways the mistreatment of women has been normalized over the years
Challenging social norms: The commercial highlights all the different ways the mistreatment of women has been normalized over the years
'As a brand that has been part of manhood for over a century we have a responsibility to influence culture and use our voice to champion positive male behaviours. 
'We expected debate - discussion is necessary. This campaign encourages all men to strive to be the best versions of themselves everyday to set the right example for the next generation.'
Women in the UK have also been angered by the advert.  
Clare Dalliday‏ said online: ‘Shame on you @Gillette. One step too far. 
Full of meaning: |A boy runs through a living room as a mother consoles her son who is a victim of bullying 
Full of meaning: |A boy runs through a living room as a mother consoles her son who is a victim of bullying 
'The man stopping his friend from going after woman in street. Why? Looked at her, liked her, wanted to ask her out. 
'What is wrong with that? Is this the end of dating. I fear for my 2 teenage sons wanting to date. @GMB #GilletteAd.’
A woman named Annette said: ‘I think if you made the identical advert related to Gillette women’s their would be outrage!’ 
Another woman said: ‘Still open season on men I see.’
However some were more positive and supported the message.
One man said: ‘I love the #Gillette advert. 
'I agree that it showed how you can still be masculine and not have to adhere to old fashioned and toxic tropes. Some people will never understand how important it is to change the way some men act and how it reflects others.’

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