Woman eating Doritos in a library


Women want nothing to do with these ‘low-crunch,’ lady-friendly Doritos

No one asked for chips to be silent or purse-sized.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Feb 5, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 2:02 am CDT

For centuries, women have been demanded to be neither seen nor heard. To ensure this, men have taken to advertising to convince us that women who are quiet and dainty are deemed the most attractive.

Do you chew loudly, or simply chew? Oh, well, that’s not very ladylike or sexy or even necessary. Just drink low-cal kale juice, but don’t get any of that green stuff on your teeth!

Now corporations like PepsiCo want us to believe that it’s women who prefer this quiet method of snacking, and lucky for us gals, they’ve invented the solution to our problems: lady chips.

In an interview with Freakanomics, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi explained her theory behind the need for chips designed solely for women:

“When you eat out of a flex bag—one of our single-serve bags—especially as you watch a lot of the young guys eat the chips, they love their Doritos, and they lick their fingers with great glee, and when they reach the bottom of the bag they pour the little broken pieces into their mouth, because they don’t want to lose that taste of the flavor, and the broken chips in the bottom,” she said. “Women would love to do the same, but they don’t. They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor into their mouth.”

It seems that PepsiCo has missed its mark by confusing the millennial woman’s wish for equal rights and fair treatment as a silent cry for less crunchy chips. It’s baffling, considering advertising agencies theoretically spend weeks analyzing consumer research and developing ad campaigns.

Women took to Twitter to point out the ludicrousy of the lady chips to the corporation. (Full disclosure: This particular woman-identifying writer thoroughly enjoys loudly crunching chips and pouring out each and every little crumb from the bag, shamelessly, in public.)



Alas, soon these new chips will be marketed to women everywhere. Nooyi promises they will have a “low-crunch, the full taste” profile—but not so much that the flavor sticks to your fingers—and packaged to fit better in a purse. We bet the packaging will be pink, too.

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*First Published: Feb 5, 2018, 12:57 pm CST