I was recently browsing through Bed, Bath and Beyond with my mother this past weekend. She was attempting to refurnish our new house and we were wading through shower curtains and bathroom racks when I saw something that irritated me. I was thinking of buying a shoe rack/shelf for my apartment and I was staring at the pictures on the boxes. I looked closer and discovered that most of the shoes dominating that shelf … were heels. I looked at other boxes and discovered that women’s shoes dominated the pictures on the boxes.
Really? According to these boxes, women’s shoes dominate the household’s shoe rack and the majority of shoes women own are heels. I will admit that I do own three pairs of heels. However, I also own sneakers, sandals, and boots. Also, do men not wear shoes? Can they really function with only two pairs of shoes? I know that my dad owns a pair of dress shoes, sandals, sneakers, more hardy work boots, and snow boots. If he wasn’t too busy to go shopping, I know he’d have more pairs of shoes as well. The shoe racks/shelves themselves are rather small and not made for bigger shoes which is also ridiculous. They should consider all types of shoes rather than just small heels, sneakers, and sandals. It also probably plays a part in why women use these shelves more often than men. Men’s shoes cannot fit very well on them from what I’ve seen.
After this, I started paying more attention to the advertising around me. I never realized but shower curtains seem to have too many flowers and colors. Way too many flowers. The flowers also tend to be humongous. They are all… I suppose, most of them are very pretty. What kind of shower curtains do men buy then? Plain solid colors? Striped ones like this?
I doubt a guy would want to buy this:
Not just guys. I wouldn’t buy that second one either. It looks more like a quilt. A very pretty quilt but still a quilt. And then there’s this:
Yeah… I don’t know about that one. Personally, I find it strange although I can’t speak for everyone.
Anyway, the point is that interior decorating seems to be a female hobby according to Bed, Bath and Beyond’s products. However, this is not true. I’m sure there are plenty of guys who know how to decorate their home tastefully and that there are plenty of male interior decorators. Much of what is sold in BB&B targets females as many products that I saw were very feminine. They cater towards simple tastes (like the striped shower curtain) and incredibly feminine tastes (flowers) but I haven’t seen anything that would be seen as incredibly masculine. Items like dishes also had things like flowers and butterflies but then there are plain dishes with simple borders. Are these the sort of things men would like? I cannot speak for men but I think they need more choice too rather than just seeing flowers everywhere. Not all women like huge flowers all over their dishes either. All in all, BB&B gave off the impression to me that women do all the home decorating. False. Women are not the only ones shopping, thinking of ways to make their home more beautiful. Men do too. Bed, Bath and Beyond – please acknowledge everyone.