Nail polish names, misogyny, and sexism on Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest.

Are Companies Trying to Troll Us With Outrageously Sexist Nail Polish Names?

Are Companies Trying to Troll Us With Outrageously Sexist Nail Polish Names?

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
Dec. 1 2016 3:00 PM

Is Nail Polish Sexist?

Or is it a ploy just to get women’s money? Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest discusses.

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Thursday’s edition of the DoubleX Gabfest, hosts Noreen Malone, Hanna Rosin, and June Thomas chat about whether nail polish is sexist.

Recently, a New York Times piece titled “Paint Your Nails With Patriarchy” made headlines when it argued that nail polish names (such as “Lost Without My GPS,” “Daddy’s Credit Card,” and “Iris I Was Thinner,” to name a few) are totally misogynist. Do the hosts agree that these names are reinforcing sexist stereotypes, or are they just plain silly?

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And are nail polish companies just trying to troll us with these outrageous and vile names?

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Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.