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Friday, February 28, 2014

Selling Shame: Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive

The always interesting Collectors Weekly has an excellent set of vintage ads and an interview with Cynthia Petrovic, a Southern California artist whose Do I Offend? blog chronicles such vintage body-shaming advertisements geared toward women.
In these vintage ads, a woman may be emitting a foul odor from any body part—her armpits, her mouth, her hair, her hands, her lady parts—but she never knows it until her husband is walking out the door, suitcase in hand. And what about her skin? According to such ads, she might drive that man away with her so-called coarse pores, old mouth, tan lines, zits, wrinkles, middle-age skin, hairy legs or lip, visible veins, or horror of all horrors, dishpan hands.



6 comments:

  1. "I always carry some in my purse"!

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  2. I love Eastern's tagline: "We want everyone to fly." Except the 18 girls shown here.

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  3. They can fly. They just have to buy a ticket.

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  4. Dude, a moldy basement is never a good thing.

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  5. Harsh toilet paper may result in child abuse. Good to know.

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  6. They were harsh about male hygiene, too--bad breath, dandruff, B.O., the works. Equal-opportunity insult.

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