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Apple's iPad sparks flood of jokes, questions over gender sensitivity

The junior high boys' locker room seems to have taken over the Twitterverse. Jokes this afternoon of Apple's perhaps unfortunate naming of its tablet, iPad, flooded the microblogging site, the blogosphere and Facebook.

"iTampon," a spoof of iPad was the second-highest trending topic on Twitter. You get the idea.

Not everyone found it amusing.

Whether the iPad is a winner or loser for consumers is still very much up in the air. What's not is that Apple's perhaps unfortunate name for its new tablet has already struck a nerve with many women.

"The iPad? That's a horrible name. What's next, iTampon?" wrote one Twitter user.

"Clearly #apple didn't consult with any women on naming of iPad," wrote another.

"Are there NO women in the Marketing or Biz Dev department of Mac? Seriously, only a non-menstruating man would think 'iPad.' "

It didn't help that none of the presenters during Apple's announcement was a woman.

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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Apple's new iPad will be worth it once the price comes down a bit. It's a great product though.

Posted by: Fretboard | January 27, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I was watching live with a my female coworkers. They never considered it, I didnt either.

But I can sure as sh_t see you media women making a thing(money) on this.

let all the female pundits sign up for the talkshows and newscasts!

I really hope you don't get paid for this article..sorry. I hate seeing people make money by causing strife and grief. These people should be ignored. launchpad, notepad, keypad, ipad...give me a break.

Posted by: wallmjunk | January 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

a lot of musicians have been weighing in on twitter about the naming of the ipad, too. John Mayer loves the new ipad. Q-Tip not so much.

Posted by: cutflower | January 27, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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