Women have a much harder time than men in dealing with life. Never mind the “glass ceiling” or equal pay for equal work. Those are a given. I’m talking about the little but personally important things like bras and lipsticks and clothing styles. Have you ever heard a man complain about being unable to find his brand of shaving cream or undershorts or T-shirts? just when women get used to wearing a particular bra, it becomes obsolete;  find a lipstick color you love and suddenly it’s gone;  there are upteen yogurts available in the supermarket yet the one you really like has been removed.  

Speaking of supermarkets, they’re going the way of all flesh, also. We are encouraged to order everything online, needing, of course, to remember brand names if we want them to send what we usually buy.  

Equality for women is a basic issue and must be addressed. Salaries and promotions need to be dealt with “tout de suite.” The lingerie designers and cosmetic makers, though, will still take advantage of us, forcing women to buy into their newest promotions and, whether we like them or not, learn to love them until they change once again.

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If a man prefers Jockey shorts, he can find them; if he likes boxers, they’ve never gone out of style; shaving cream is shaving cream. Try messing with their items and the manufacturers will get an earful.  

Why must women give up “tried and true” for “’new and different?” Why aren’t we allowed to choose between both...keep the old and add the new?

Men’s suits do change style–the pants are slimmer some years and fuller in others. Jackets are double-breasted, single-breasted, or, heaven forbid, Nehru...but they’re still jackets and slacks worn with shirts and ties.  

Women’s skirts rise and fall, their blouses become sleeveless or flowing, the color of choice changes constantly. Swimwear is the most fascinating: the less fabric, the higher the price!  Men wear swim shorts, PERIOD. Even when we complain, the manufacturers and designers of women’s wear refuse to listen, so we’re really up the creek!

The only suggestion I have is when you find things you really like, buy more than you need and store them away before they disappear. Of course, you can’t do that with yogurt, so they’ve got us on that one! 
Perhaps if we wait long enough our favorite items might reappear. What really bothers me, though, is that many of the “powers that be” in lingerie and cosmetics are women. If we can’t trust them, who can we trust?!?

Contact Adrienne Kavelle at: ergosum1@comcast.net