Recently, there was a post over at The Art of Manliness blog entitled "The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook." This post has been linked to in a variety of places, which is how I stumbled across it. Now, I love pocket notebooks (all notebooks, really) and, despite the fact that I am a woman, I found the post interesting, well-written, and well-researched. Yet a number of questions began to arise in my mind.
Is a man's notebook different in some way from a woman's notebook? I can see that, historically, there may have been, since society dictated different roles for men and women, and their different experiences may have required the keeping of different types of notebooks. But what about today? Do women and men use and collect notebooks, pens, pencils, and other office supplies differently?
Many companies have produced versions of their products that are targeted specifically at women, which I think is ridiculous. If something is pink and has floral designs on it, then I will be less likely to buy it, not more. There do not seem to be similar products targeted specifically towards men.
The practice of keeping an art journal seems to be more popular among women than men, but I could be wrong here. Perhaps there are many men doing a similar thing but they just do not talk about it as much, or they call it something else.
What are your thoughts on these issues? Do men and women relate to office supplies differently?