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Today’s Lady News: British Plastic Surgeons Say Advertising Their Procedures Should Be Banned

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a society of plastic surgeons, says what they perform are medical procedures and the procedures should not be advertised the same way…

Jessica Wakeman | January 27, 2012 - 5:40 pm

A Scrotum Itch Commercial Worth Watching, Even For The Scrotum-Less

I have no business watching a scrotum itch commercial, much less one in Japanese. But I don’t regret the minutes of my life I’ll never get back after watching this…

Jessica Wakeman | January 24, 2012 - 1:20 pm

The French Can Even Sexualize Friggin’ Weight Watchers Ads

First of all, we need to discuss: the French have Weight Watchers? Whatever happened to French Women Don’t Get Fat? Zut alors! Excuse me while I call Le Boyfriend toute suite to…

Jessica Wakeman | January 18, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Beyoncé’s Album Promo Photos Are Unrecognizable

The rampant white-washing of models, actresses, and musicians of color is not a new concept. Freida Pinto, Rihanna, and Aishwarya Rai have all previously fallen victim to white-washing on magazine…

Rachel Krause | January 18, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in…

Jessica Wakeman | January 3, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Jennifer Hudson Duets With Her Larger Self In Weight Watchers Ad

Jennifer Hudson duets on “I Believe In You & Me” with her larger self — the self that competed on “American Idol,” the self that starred in “Dreamgirls” — in…

Jessica Wakeman | December 26, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated…

Jessica Wakeman | December 25, 2011 - 11:00 am

Durex Ad Promotes Not Discussing Using Protection

Look, I get it. This Durex condom ad, which is running in India, is supposed to be funny. The condoms are so thin, she can’t feel ‘em! But the obvious…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 21, 2011 - 9:20 am

Evening Quickies: Taylor Swift Cover Girl Ad Accused Of Egregious Photoshopping

Uh oh. A group called the National Advertising Division has accused CoverGirl of Photoshopping Taylor Swift’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad to the high heavens, enhancing Swift’s lashes postproduction in…

Jessica Wakeman | December 20, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Does This Equinox Ad Offend You?

I’m on the fence about this ad for Equinox, an upscale gym with locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and elsewhere. On the one hand,  I’m not keen on…

Jessica Wakeman | December 20, 2011 - 4:20 pm

Vintage Ad: Blow In Her Face And She’ll Follow You Anywhere

Really guys, this is all it used to take — blow some smoke in a girl’s face and she’d drop her panties for you like that. Really, the ’60s were…

Julie Gerstein | December 3, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Condom Company Scares Guys Into Wrapping It Up Via Facebook

Of all the good reasons to wrap it up, not bringing a bundle of joy into the world who you are ill-prepared to care for is a big one. A…

Jessica Wakeman | November 29, 2011 - 1:20 pm

What Ad Agencies Created When Asked To “Rebrand Girls”

It’s a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in…

Jessica Wakeman | November 29, 2011 - 9:00 am

Does Benetton’s New Campaign Totally Miss the Mark?

United Colors of Benetton made a name for itself in the ’80s and ’90s for provocative, envelope-pushing advertising that urged consumers to question their cultural assumptions and values. But that…

Julie Gerstein | November 16, 2011 - 3:20 pm

10 Retro Ads Targeted At Women

Last night, I fell into a little bit of Flickr k-hole as I discovered and combed through a treasure trove of vintage ads targeted at women. Various household cleansers! Brillo…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 4, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Katy Perry As Snow White

Katy Perry said goodbye to her cotton candy pink locks in this ad for GHD hair styling products. Instead, she channeled her inner Snow White, holding a poisoned apple. Personally,…

Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com | October 5, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Is This Olympus Camera Ad Sexist?

One of the things that comes up in a gender studies class is the concept of the “male gaze.” Generally speaking, it’s the idea that men have a particular and…

Jessica Wakeman | September 15, 2011 - 10:20 am

Video: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Burberry Body TV Ad

You’ve seen the controversial Burberry Body fragrance print ad starring a nearly nude Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dressed in just a rose gold satin trench coat. Well, check out the Mario…

StyleList Home | September 4, 2011 - 3:30 pm

New K-Y Commercial Features A Lesbian Couple

I do a lot of grumping and grousing here at The Frisky. But when companies do something awesome, I like to give credit where credit is due. K-Y…

Jessica Wakeman | September 2, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Hair Salon Defends Domestic Violence-y Ad

“Look good in all that you do” is not a slogan you expect to see next to a woman with a nasty-looking black eye. Then again, no one denies the…

Jessica Wakeman | September 1, 2011 - 2:20 pm
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