If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis
I read a column in Grazia last week that quoted a report from an America magazine which found it costs more to be women. I always knew that being a woman has its pros and cons (hello, childbirth!) but this article says the fact is we have to spend more money on things because we’re women. Apparently, we pay on average three times more than men on dry cleaning, 20p more per ounce on deodorant, more to have our razors look pink and far more than men on haircuts and cars.
It’s like having our very own tax just for being women. Add to this the amount we spend on clothes, bags, shows, accessories, it’s clear we are pretty badly off. Plus many of us take work breaks to raise children and often don’t reach the same career heights as men so if you spread the cost over a lifetime, we are the poorer sex. Obviously, in monetary terms and not in intelligence and general fabulous-ness
What can we do to stop this injustice – here are a few ideas:
- Use deodorant for made for men – it’s actually better. Just make sure you mask the scent with perfume or you might draw women to you (see the Lynx advert).
- Avoid razors – just let your hair grow. It’ll save time too.
- Buy clothes that don’t need dry cleaning.
- Dye your hair yourself at home. It’ll save you a fortune. Just don’t do it on your cream carpet.
- Tell your man save the extra money he gets from his cheaper lifestyle and then pay for you to get that designer handbag you’ve had your eye on.
Do you think you spend more as a woman?