Posts tagged "advertising"

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 in Nigeria freed 16…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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?

By: 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 something close…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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 splashed…

By: 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…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013

Ford India Ads Show Kardashians & Other Women Bound, Gagged & Locked In Car Trunks

Looking at pictures of women with cartoonishly large breasts, bound and gagged in the backseat of the trunk of a car, you might think you're looking at bondage porn. But no, you would be looking at someone's idea of "advertising" for the Ford Motor Company. The tagline? "Leave Your Worries Behind."

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013

Lindsay Lohan Will Steal Your Soul First, Then Move On To Your Louis Vuitton Bag

Lindsay looks… hungry. For brains. And Louis Vuitton. Seriously, she is eyeballing the shit out of that briefcase. Her lawyer should know better by now than to leave his fine leather goods within eyeshot. Or maybe it's a trap? [BuzzFeed]…

By: Rachel Krause / March 20, 2013

Japanese Women Wearing Advertisements On Their Thighs

It's an advertising scheme Don Draper surely thought about but could never have voiced in the 1960s: paying young women to wear advertisements … on their thighs. A Japanese marketing firm is paying women ages 18 and over $121 a day to wear temporary tattoo-like stickers carrying advertisements, Business Insider explains, in the space betwee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

Nope, Skinny Models & Famous Starlets Won’t Sell Your Widgets Any Faster

Women, we are difficult, fickle creatures. In our tabloids we body shame famous ladies, and in our magazines we gawk at every slim model body demonstrating the latest fashion trends. But when it comes to advertising? We don't want skinny models or famous women. A new study from the Warwick Business School found that women

By: Julie Gerstein / February 28, 2013
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