It’s not because I’m a shrieking harpy feminist who believes that writing about masculine fragrances perpetuates the patriarchy. I mean, I am a shrieking harpy feminist, but that’s not why I don’t write about masculine fragrances. My actual reasons are far more pragmatic. First, masculine fragrances are boring. Much like men’s fashion, the vast majority of masculine fragrances are unadventurous and conservative. (Poor, poor men. I guess you’ll just have to console yourselves with your extra 23 cents per dollar.)
Dang, maybe it is because I’m a shrieking feminist harpy. I’ll have to give this some thought.
Anyway, the lack of interesting masculine fragrances is not actually my main issue. I love writing about boring perfumes! That’s when I get my wit on! The real reason that I don’t do reviews of masculine fragrances is because nobody reads them.
Several prominent perfume blogs, including Now Smell This, Perfume Smellin’ Things, and Perfume Posse, do have male writers who review masculine fragrances. Their reviews are just as funny and interesting as the reviews of feminine or unisex fragrances, but they consistently receive the fewest comments. There are successful male perfume bloggers- The Candy Perfume Boy, Persolaise, and Memory of Scent come to mind- but they wisely stick to covering feminine or unisex fragrances.
I’m sorry. I really am. I know that the men who read perfume blogs have a lot to contribute, and I don’t want to ignore or alienate them. If I made even a cent off this blog, and therefore had a legitimate excuse to spend more than half an hour a day on it, I would write about masculine fragrances. But until the day that a fragrant Daddy Warbucks finances and/or adopts me, I can’t.
That’s my excuse. What’s yours? Why aren’t y’all reading about masculine fragrances?