Many advertisements targeted towards women try to nail what it’s like being an everyday, average woman. However, the problem with that is they are always getting it 100% wrong 100% of the time. Most women don’t have time to get blowouts every day and do a full face of makeup—like they have done in the ads. And, most women don’t look airbrushed, either.
Recently, Twitter user Sharon Su decided to call out companies who advertise bathtub trays for getting women bathing 150% wrong. Let’s face it—we only really want a bathtub tray so we can read a book or possibly throw our iPad up there to watch Netflix in the tub—but, even that is a stretch. Many of us are just laying in our bathtubs, closing out eyes, hoping our husband and/or kids don’t walk in having to use the toilet.
Sharon said that she finds it “strangely comforting” the people who are marketing the bathtub trays have no idea what us ladies truly do in the bath.
The people who manufacture bathtub trays seem to have no idea what women actually do in the bath and I find that strangely comforting pic.twitter.com/wHWCRteSYO— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
I mean, who else loves a good salad in the tub? Those soap bubbles definitely add flavor.
Love sitting in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a [checks notes] small undressed salad pic.twitter.com/NgA3ri2wXb— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
Not just an iPad in the tub, but a phone, too. And, of course, we need 3 beverages.
You know it's not a complete bath without a glass of red wine, a tiny latte, and an empty mug. Ambience brought to you by a phone video of a woman playing a ukulele and a handful of rose petals where your undressed salad normally goes pic.twitter.com/yFkBPczJfK— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
Obviously, doing your nails and grabbing handfuls of cornflakes go hand-in-hand with bathing.
As a woman, I enjoy painting my nails in the bathtub while simultaneously grabbing handfuls of cornflakes, reading about global warning, and watching people playing lady and the tramp with a giant sandwich pic.twitter.com/OlBddJn8xq— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
Who doesn’t want to have a bright blue cocktail in the tub?
This company has figured out what women really want while bathing: half a bottle of j'adore perfume to continually spray while nomming on cherries and sipping an electric blue cocktail pic.twitter.com/TO5QblI48N— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
Obviously, us goddesses want selection—so we have both red and white wine in the tub, on top of the choice of several different kinds of cheese.
The EXCESS in this photo! White AND red wine! Green AND purple grapes! Eight kinds of cheese! And the piece de resistance...not one, but TWO phones pic.twitter.com/NulMR2S1yE— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
Obviously, the best one is the idea that we want to eat hotdogs in the bathtub while we bathe.
Look if you're not chowing down on waffles and hot dogs while gazing at stock photography of the ocean then what are you even doing pic.twitter.com/2EQvQNsa9k— Sharon Su (@doodlyroses) March 24, 2019
If this isn’t a hard miss, I’m not sure what is. People online had some genuine concerns about these bathers.
I'm concerned about the rose slug damage on those rose leaves. Nobody wants rose slugs in their bath water. Perhaps a spray bottle of permethrin should be placed on the tray?— Melissa (@GardenMel) March 25, 2019
Love too use my expensive lotions and balms in the bath tub so they rinse off immediately.— Sean E. (@SeanMichaelE) March 25, 2019
How would you organise getting the bath at the correct temperature for bathing, waffles and hot dog plated up and even go out to get a coffee!?! The logistics in planning this are immense. You've either got cold coffee, hot dog or bath 🤷♀️— If It Ain't Broke... (@thelukegriffin) March 25, 2019
If you aren’t supposed to swim until 30 minutes after you eat, is it the same for having a bath?! 😆— Dr Laura Jenkins (@LauraJks2015) March 24, 2019
Nothing quite as relaxing as finishing a hodgepodge dinner and organizing your digital life in the 10 minutes before the bath water cools.— Christina McDougall (@enbikelopedia) March 25, 2019
All these tablets and iphones over a bath of hot, soapy water terrifies me. It's like they're being held for ransom.— Andrea Harris, Cat Lady 🦉🦇 (@GhostCatLady) March 25, 2019
Is...is that an unripe quince?? Hardcore— “Instigator” Smith, comrade (@JennS79) March 25, 2019
And apparently you got a coffee to go... to take into the bathtub— Stephanie Thompson (@Stefaniya) March 25, 2019
It’s pretty clear that the marketing team for these bathtub trays is comprised of men—or, women who have slightly lost touch with reality. Here’s to hoping they smarten up!