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Why it costs more to be a woman

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?



32 thoughts on “Why it costs more to be a woman”

  1. We totally spend more to look and feel beautiful. Men may gripe, but they beam when we take care of ourselves and look great. We don’t have to spend a million dollars to look great, we just have to look like we do. Bargains are out there…and women can sniff out a sale a mile away! It’s another one of our finer qualities. 🙂

    Great post!

  2. Women definitely spend more. We already have to put on an extra piece of clothing (bras). A guy once told me guys have to buy ties and they’re the equivalent of buying a bra. Ummmm…I wear a bra every day. He wears a tie on days he has a meeting. Not the same thing.

  3. Great (and thought-provoking) post. Indeed we spend more to live as a woman. What immediately came to mind here is the annual OB/GYN exam and mammogram recently. hahaha!! Wait, why am I laughing? 🙂

  4. Hmmm, less money, more bills, sounds right. I have the same amount of student loans as my male counterparts, but they make more $. So, the way I figure it, I should only have to pay back about 60%. LOL! 😉

  5. I probably used to spend more money because I am a woman, but alas, since having children I have completely let my desires fly out the window and spend more money on them. (Here’s to Disney princesses and Ninjas).

    If I splurge on myself at all, it’s really not because I’m a female and because I’m a writer, actually. The most money I spend on myself is on writer’s conferences, writing equipment, and beer when I meet out with my writing group, lol. 🙂

    Cool, cool post.

  6. Love the last idea! 🙂 It could also be that women make a lot of small(er) purchases, like handbags and clothes… and men buy rarely but more expensive items, such as a truck, a guitar, a grill…?
    Just a thought. 🙂 Definitely not always the case.

  7. I have to say I’ve never spent more as a woman, maybe I should give it a go? Will equality win in the end, go with the not shaving thing, that’ll work I’m sure.


  8. It always annoyed me that women’s slacks and blouses cost more than men’s to dry clean. How different is the process?! I think you’re on to something with the deodorant. I buy men’s jeans because they fit better. And they cost less.

  9. Nope. I buck this trend, like I do most trends ~ I do NOT spend more than BFF on haircuts, clothes, jewelry, or grooming aids. But I suspect that most women do.

    I don’t like playing dress up or getting made up. I’m cheap to keep! 😉

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