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Women in tech have to contend with a lot of awful bullshit on a day-to-day basis. From creepy guys and their unwanted sexual advances, to rampant bullying and harassment, the world of STEM can be a really hostile place.
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But one issue doesn’t get talked about enough — the issue of hydration. After all, constantly shrugging off being asked if you’re the receptionist, or being quizzed by some dude on how well you really know C++, is thirsty work.
Fortunately, Memobottle — a totally real company whose products are sold in bricks-and-mortar stores and should know better — is wading into the fray with the memobottle A7, which is a water bottle specially designed for women in tech.
Yeah, not making this up.
The Memobottle A7 (so named because it’s the same size as a piece of A7 paper) is a plastic bottle that holds a whopping 180ml (6fl oz) of liquid. That’s it. That’s literally all it does.
It fits neatly into a handbag. It’s dishwasher friendly. According to the pitch, “hydration is vital for work optimization.”
There’s only one thing more offensive than this company’s ham-fisted attempt to shamelessly capitalize on the very real issue of inclusivity in tech; that’s how much they’re charging for the memobottle A7. The company is currently crowdfunding it on KickStarter, and at the early bird pricing, a bottle will set you back $17.
$17 for a water bottle scarcely more capacious than a miniature coke can. It’s enough to make you say “H2oh no they didn’t.”
UPDATE: The PR representative for memobottle got in touch and explained why it’s obviously for women, but didn’t quite clarify the “in tech” bit:
In terms of the A7 being designed for women — its more about fashion than anything. The A7 is the only bottle on the market that holds 6fl oz and can fit into a small bag (because it’s so thin). There are hardly any small bags for men, but for women there are many fabulous bags that are small.