An interesting look at the price difference between products targeted at men and women.
France’s Socialist government has opened an investigation into claims women are being charged more than men for a range of products and services including razors, haircuts and dry cleaning. The move was triggered by an online petition posted by a women’s rights group that claimed women were being systematically targeted by a hidden “pink” – or “woman” – tax. The group is known as Georgette Sand, a play on 19th century French author George Sand, who famously used a male pen name in order to sell her novels. Taking snapshots of products marketed for men and women, the group singled out Monoprix, a supermarket whose name translates as “one price”, as a particular offender. In one case, Georgette Sand said women paid an extra eight euro cents for a packet of Monoprix’s standard razors, and got half as many razors as men. Women, it said, are also being charged more than men for identical services at dry-cleaners and hairdressers. While some differences in price may appear minimal, the group argued, they add up to an “unjustifiable injustice”.