A press release claims tech gadets make great Valentine's Day gifts for women - if they're red, pink or "other fun, feminine colors."
We tend to get some interesting press releases at The News-Gazette, and I've seen a bunch aimed at Valentine's Day gifts.
But this one feels sort of insulting to me:
"Valentine's Day Gifts for 'Gadget Gals'
"Forget flowers and chocolates...this Valentine's Day, modern women want gadgets - lots of 'em! "Many tech devices are now available in red, pink and other fun, feminine colors, making them a great Valentine's Day gift she'll appreciate long after the flower bouquet would have lost its petals," notes Paul Holstein, COO of industry-leading eTailer (company name removed)"
- Bluetooth Hands-Free Headset in pink
- BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset in red
- Fashionable Stereo Earphones with 3.5mm Connector in pink
- Gorillapod Digital Camera Tripod in red or pink
- PelicanT i1010 and i1030 iPod® Cases in pink
- Cable Turtle in pink or red
I'll admit, I probably qualify as a "gadget girl." I also have a red cell phone that's red, and a pair of pink earbuds. I probably wouldn't mind TOO much if I got a techy gadget for Valentine's Day ... if it was something I actually wanted. (Flowers and chocolates are OK too, if my significant other is reading this.)
It's also no secret that I love red. I have a red couch, a red coat and plenty of red clothes. I honestly wish I had one of everything in red.
But using color as criteria for a gift? Especially something as personal as a gadget meant to be used in your everyday life? That's just silly.
I specifically remember announcing to my kindergarten teacher that colors like brown and red were "boy colors." I also remember being chastised - there is no such thing as "girl" or "boy" colors, my teacher told me.
I wish she could've told the company that sent this press release that, too.