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The Issue of Manly Tissues

Kleenex rebrands tissue name
Avert your eyes.
MUSINGSWhen is enough, enough? Just when you think people have run out of things to get offended with, they create more. The latest controversy news comes from London with the issue of “mansize” tissues from Kleenex brand. According to MSN, Kimberly-Clark, makers of the offending products are re-branding the tissues after they received a “consistent increase of complaints on gender concern” about the product.

Described as tissues that are “confidently strong” and “comfortingly soft,” the Mansize tissues come in darker grey and blue-hued boxes. Despite the fact that the company says that the tissue in “no way suggests” that those two descriptions were “exclusively masculine traits” or that the “Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality” the company has relented and will now be referring to the tissues as Kleenex Extra Large.

Like me, you may not have every heard of “mansize” tissues before. That may be because the product has only been sold in the United Kingdom. But here’s the kicker – it’s been on store shelves for 60 years. How many lives could have been saved if this “error” was corrected so long ago? I guess it could be worse. Kleenex could be calling the tissue "person-size."

Marketing an everyday use product like tissues toward one gender or another is just stupid, but companies have been doing so for years with frilly designs and flowers which in some people’s mind would suggest that they were intended for women only. So, I can see where Kleenex would want to market a separate line for men to increase sales, but honestly, they could have done that by just printing a larger variety of box designs. But what is more stupid is that so many people took the time in their busy lives to complain to Kleenex to make the change as if just having the product in their stores was somehow harming women or impressionable children.

You know what I find objectionable and offensive? Blue and red cartoon bears singing the praises that their toliet tissues leave them so clean that their underwear no longer gets soiled! Not only do bears not wear undergarments – they don’t wear garments at all! Where is the outrage there?

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