You should understand that women are the shoppers and buyers of most everything.
I'm certainly not going to flame you. But these ads don't bother me in principle. But it's relentless tv ads of all sorts that drove me away from broadcast tv to begin with.
Aside from Summers Eve, these are all legitimate products. Women menstruate, women get yeast infections, women get incontinent. Why advertise so much? They probably did a study and found that women who buy that stuff watch a lot of Scrubs and the like. These are womens products, so why not advertise when lots of women are watching?
Watching with a guy: I don't even think twice about it anymore. Though I know what you mean. My thirteen year old daughter gets very embarrassed, though. I dunno, dh and I have been together for 22 years. He knows I menstruate.
Incontinence: yes, men get it too. But I'm guessing many more women than men do, and at younger ages. Pregnancy, labor and delivery can cause it. These marketers know their market. Women are much more likely to get help when they've got a medical issue. And again, women just shop more than men do.
Watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and see all the ads for denture cream, medic alert and life insurance. They know their market is mostly
older people. (Though our whole family watches Jeopardy!)
Male narrators: I don't know, but my educated guess is that, again, they did research and found, repeatedly, that the buyers, women, respond better to a male voice for these more "serious" issues like cancer and pregnancy. The voice of authority and reassurance. Make what you will of that.
I'm sick of advertising generally, so I hardly ever watch broadcast tv. Until Heroes comes back
Jeopardy is the only non cable show I watch.
"that man who shrinks stuff for living"
I must know who this is!