Posts tagged "advertising"

Louis CK One Is The Perfect Mashup

The season four premiere of “Louie” is still five months off. But we can content ourselves with a little bit of Louie C.K. — well, parts of him, anyway — in these funny mashups on the Tumblr Louis CK One. Each one spoofs the traditional style of a sexy CK One ad with Louis CK-ia…

Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

What If A Perfume Ad Featured A Woman Who Was Bold, Sexy, Desirable, And Also Fat?

Jes Baker of The Militant Baker has done some really powerful, creative projects in the name of body positivity and fat acceptance, but her most recent undertaking might be her best one yet. Jes teamed up with photographer Liora K to produce a series of mock perfume ads for a made-up fragrance called “Lustworthy.” The…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 19, 2013

This Epic Volvo Commercial Is A Work Of Art

Just when you thought advertising was nothing but a barren soul-sucking trap (I mean, that’s mostly what it is, right?), a company actually bothered to put a little creativity into their commercial. This Volvo ad stars action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme doing one his famous splits while balancing between two trucks  and was shot at sunrise i…

Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013

All Kitty Litter Commercials Should Star The Poopy Cat Dolls

Is there a word in the English language to describe when advertising is so delightful you don’t even mind that it’s advertising? Because that’s the word I need for this Poopy Cat commercial, a Dutch subscription service for disposable cat litter boxes. (Um, brilliant, if environmentally unfriendly, idea, right?) Introducing the Poopy Cat Dolls, a…

Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2013

Today’s Lady News: Why, Yes, This Is An Actual Ad For The D.C. Metro

Seriously, D.C. Metro? “Can’t we just talk about shoes?” [DCist via The Wire]
After Sasha Fleischman, a genderqueer/agender student in Oakland, California, was set on fire on a city bus by an attacker, other teens wore non-genderconforming clothing in solidarity. [Queerty]
These anti-drinking rape PSAs from the UK are cringeworthy. [Jezebel]
Police…

Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2013

These Men Can Play “Jingle Bells” With Their Penises

Nothing says peace on Earth, sugar cookies and Grandma like Christmas carols played with bells attached to a dude’s junk, amirite? Kmart’s holiday commercial features six male models shaking bells on their penises — hidden beneath their Joe Boxers, of course — to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” The gag is subtle enough that little…

Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2013

This Is What An Ad-Free Issue Of Vogue Looks Like

Why is a September issue of Vogue for sale on Craigslist for $4.5 million dollars? Because that’s the cost brands like Dior and Chanel sunk into the iconic magazine advertising in this month’s issue. If it’s your hearts desire to read the Jennifer Lawrence profile and discover how to get a better body in seve…

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Dennis Rodman And A Kim Jong Un-Alike Star In An Ad For Pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios have really stepped up their ad game in what seems like an exorbitantly expensive way. I mean, they’ve landed Snoop Dogg, Homer and Bart Simpson, Psy at the height of his awful-moment-in-pop-culture fame, even the Prancercise lady … I had no idea there was so much money in pistachios. This latest video star…

Rachel Krause / September 19, 2013

Benefit’s New Mascara Ad Might Make You Blush, Or Just Really Confused (NSFW)

Lolwhat. Allow me to present to you Benefit’s new “Real Men Don’t Fake It” video spot, feat. some bulges, babes, and Vinny of “Jersey Shore” infamy doing… yoga? And all this for mascara! Not safe for work, my friends, not safe for work. (All said, that mascara is pretty fucking great… but big dick great?

Rachel Krause / August 22, 2013

London Taxi Ad Depicts Woman Who Was Either Just Raped Or Caught In A Rainstorm

There are less obtuse ways of explaining the concept of a “rainstorm” in an advertisement, Data Cars. Because this one is looking a liiiiitle rapey, according to some anti-rape activists.

The London taxi company distributed 200,000 postcards which depicted this image — a woman in the rain, wearing a strapless dress and clutching…

Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2013

Controversial Elle MacPherson Intimates Ad Resurfaces Online

This weekend, I found myself engaged in an impassioned conversation over Twitter with several women, among them Australia’s “Bra Queen” Renee Mayne, about a 2004 Elle MacPherson Intimates ad which resurfaced online. The image, which was reportedly made for print, magazine and newspaper ads in Australia, depicts a woman in lingerie, thigh-high stockings and high…

Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2013

Chevy Just Realized Women Buy Trucks, Too

The only people I know who own trucks are women. I know two female truck owners, but that’s not that exciting, because I don’t live a Truck Lifestyle. Perhaps Chevy, makers of the Silverado pick-up truck, have realized that they know a lot of female truck drivers, too, because they’ve created this ad (finally!) focused…

Julie Gerstein / July 29, 2013

TrueCar Thinks A Woman Needs A Man To Buy A Car

The idea behind TrueCar.com is to provide people with a benchmark for how much they should be paying for a car so that when they go to a dealership, they can be somewhat knowledgeable when they bargain. I actually think it’s a great idea and I would totally use it if I hadn’t seen their…

Mary Odell / July 23, 2013

Is This Sexy/Sexist Equinox Billboard Really So Bad?

Maybe I’m just a sexist pig, but I fail to get a boner for this allegedly sexist Equinox billboard in Bethesda, Maryland, that has a group of mothers petitioning for its removal. The billboard depicts an attractive young woman, fully clothed in a dress and heels, crawling on a pool table while she shoots a…

Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

Wisconsin Newspaper Censors The Word ‘Vagina’ From “Vagina Monologues” Ad

A Wisconsin newspaper just made “The Vagina Monologues” a whole lot dirtier: changing the title to XXXXXXX. The Ashland Daily Press censored the word “vagina” in an ad for the upcoming production of the famous Eve Ensler play.  In the ad the word “vagina” was marked out repeatedly with Xs in order to obscure the word.  The…

Erica Boorstein / June 25, 2013

This Is What Tampon Commercials Look Like In Russia

In Russia, you don’t have period, period has YOU! In all seriousness, this Russian Tampax commercial (very graphic, by the way, so if you’re squeamish, skip), shows the imagined terror of mixing periods and open water swimming. Any truth to the notion that periods attract sharks? According to Vancouver Aquarium spokesperson Ann Dreoloni, “Honestly, I think…

Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2013

Is This Offensive Johnny Farah Ad The “Worst Ad Of The Year”?

This ad was made in an effort to “celebrate” the collaboration between Johnny Farah, a Lebanese designer of luxury belts, bags, and accessories, and photographer Joe Kesrouani, but it ended up being more horrifying than anything. The photo features a man, inexplicably covered in like ten different belts, pushing a woman forward with his hand…

Mary Odell / June 19, 2013

Charmin’s New Toilet Paper Ad Is Just A Butt Really Close Up

Charmin toilet paper ads usually include cute bears experiencing mishaps with toilet paper and eventually figuring out that Charmin is the best! This ad is a little bit different in that it is a butt. Literally, it is just a butt. A butt really close up so that the fold between pages looks like the…

Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Pamela Anderson Commercial Banned For Being “Sexist,” “Degrading To Women” (NSFW)

The UK has banned a TV commercial starring Pamela Anderson writhing in a bikini, covered in what looks like champagne froth. In the ad for web hosting service CrazyDomains.co.uk, Anderson and another sexy woman are depicted in a boardroom filled with men, one of whom is fantasizing about the two dancing in bikinis as they’re…

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Can You Really Reverse Gender Stereotypes In Media?

A women’s studies class at the University of Saskatchewan made this provocative video which questions commonly perpetuated stereotypes about gender in media. Pointing out that women are often in a subjugated position — turned into objects themselves, along with whatever object they’re supposedly selling, placed in prone, sexually provocative poses — the video connects violent…

Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013
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