On the Amazon.co.uk Web site, commenters are having a field day over this product:
Here’s one reaction to the Bic “for Her”:
My mother, a hard-working woman who raised twelve kids single-handedly whilst doing all the ironing (as nature intended), was furtively abashed by her illiteracy. Long would she gaze upon her husband and sons’ scrawlings and would dedicate five minutes a day (which she really should have spent making sandwiches) to pray that one day she would be granted the ability to create such scribbles of her own. She’s still a little slow on the uptake, but this product has definitely helped start the ball rolling. We tried to give her men’s pens but she used to rip the cartridges out and drink the ink. Typical woman.
And a little gender blowback here:
Bought these for my nephew as I knew he was getting really excited about creative writing in his 5th grade class… but, almost as soon as I had gifted these did my nephew start showing an accelerated interest in My Little Pony, One Direction, and Twilight. I would have NEVER given these to my nephew if I had thought it would lead him to reading Twilight. He doesn’t even understand half of the words, but he gets the gist and that’s enough. Now, my wife and I need to hide her clothes as we’ve already found him fumbling through her dresses a couple times.
This was a young boy who, before these pens, was excited about baseball, Transformers, and WWE wrestling.
BIC! What have you done?!
Turns out, it’s the perfect accessory:
I only have two hands. One to apply lipstick and another to hold my copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. This is exactly what I needed! A pen that looks pretty enough to hold between my lips. Now husband-finding will be a much easier task. It’s so logical – EVEN FOR A WOMAN! Thank you, BIC!
Even though this is on a U.K. Web site, Americans are getting in on the fun. Here’s one from Colorado:
I used my new pen to write a letter to my local Congressman requesting equal pay for women and a preservation of my reproductive rights… and then the ground began to shake, the world around me crumbled into flames and molten stone, everything went black, and I was torn asunder from the universe. Did I use it wrong????
Who knew there would be medical concerns?
Does anyone know if I can use these pens while I’m on my period? I wanted to write BIC for help but I’d have to wait a week.
And things do get racy:
I cannot say how many times a male friend or coworker has interrupted a cordial conversation with some exclamation related to his pen size! “It’s so big!” most will boast. A few more modest (and close) male friends will confide their concern that their pens are just “too small for a woman to appreciate.” Often, men will seek a woman’s council on such matters, asking “Do women prefer a pen of greater length or greater girth? Or do they prefer both?” Once, a fellow I admired was even so concerned with the adequacy of his pen, he wasn’t sure any woman would want to write with it at all. The discovery of inadequate pen size can be devastating to men, but equally so to women.
Well, this pen settles the issue once and for all! While some pens are excessively (and dare I say, dangerously) long or too short to be of any use, this pen is just the right length. It is not too thick for a woman to clasp one-handed, nor too thin as to slip out of her grip. Like Goldilocks, this pen is just right! Writing can be universally pleasurable to women thanks to BIC.
Now men everywhere will have a universal standard to measure their pens! Thank you BIC, for knowing exactly what’s best “for her” writing pleasure.
But, you know, there’s always a statement where you can’t tell if the writer is clueless or has mastered the joke.
I’m offended at how people are treating this like some sort of joke, just to have a go at Bic. This is no laughing matter. Seriously, a company actually tries to do something NICE to show its level of regard for women’s issues, to solve a problem that has vexed half of the human race since the days of drawing on cave walls, and you all just smirk? I hope you can sleep at night, knowing that you’ve mocked something that can potentially enable billions of heretofore-impaired writers.
The comments go on for quite a stretch, and they’re from all over the world. You can find them here.