A little while ago I was talking with a friend and realized that among Yasmin, Ella, Lola, Chaya, Jadelle, Yaz, I wasn’t sure if I was speaking about my other female friends or various types of birth control.
For the sake of this not turning into a bad observational humor piece, I realize that a majority of birth control products do have very non-human names and potentially are very hard to differentiate (Ortho-cyclen vs. Tri-cyclen for example).
But how many condoms or even erectile dysfunction drugs are have male-sounding names? Would you ever see a condom called Fred? Chad? or even the perfect condom brand, Dick?
I’m very curious about the reasoning behind these advertising and packaging choices. I’m lucky (or unlucky) enough to not yet have a birth control or women’s health medicine named after me, even though I have a very common white name.
Is there a reason they choose women’s names? Names that are less common in English-speaking North America?
To the lady-folks out there, do female-name branded medicines seem more accessible or memorable to you or just strange to be consuming a pill named after your classmate?