Ok, so, these are going to make you mad. And also possibly make you laugh, though mostly in that shocked “WTF” kind of way.
What we have here are a collection of very REAL vintage ads for products aimed at women. Not such a big deal on its own, but wait ’till you see the marketing methods that were big back in the day. Every single one of these is a bizarre cocktail of shame and misogyny and patriarchal nonsense in the name of getting you to buy an eye cream or whatever. It’s a lot.
Brace yourself. Here we go.
…WILL SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE FROM DOOM!
12. Menstrual cramps
…really victimize men, if you think about it.
Seriously what is even being sold here? Is it just an existential nightmare?
10. Feminine hygiene
It’s more impressive than being nice to a bird.
9. Keeping clean
It’ll make your husband stop being so abusive!
It’s what’s gonna happen if you don’t buy Lysol, lady.
7. Unspoken truths
Thanks for the heads up, marriage counseling ad.
…is gross and you should be ashamed of it.
5. Your friends
They secretly hate you because you won’t buy our stuff.
4. Your clothes
If they have holes, you’re gonna die alone.
3. Your hands
They don’t deserve rings, you dishwashing hussy.
If you could poop better men would love you more.
1. Medieval torture contraptions
They’re making a comeback in the beauty industry!
It’s hard to put into words just how much yikes these ads bring to the table. Though I guess it’s worth celebrating that we’ve progressed enough that no company would get away with this nonsense today.
What’s the worst ad you’ve ever seen?
Tell us in the comments.