If vintage Halloween ads showed us that the key to a good All Hallows' Eve is booze, cigarettes, and pantyhose, then what do vintage Thanksgiving ads have to say about the feasting holiday? Well, mostly it revolves around questionably edible dishes, killin' turkeys, and having a glamorous kitchen! Also, ciggys that taste as good a turkey dinner. See the Thanksgiving vintage ads and their lessons now!
Ladies and gentlemen, Fall is officially here! Who doesn't love the season of cozy layers, warm beverages, football games, and pumpkin carving. To get in the spirit of the season, we're taking a look at our favorite Fall ads from back in the day. These vintage ads feature cute couples frolicking in the leaves, retro ladies bundling up, and, of course, some booze-filled partying. Feel the Autumn love now with these flashes from the past!
If you were a woman living 40, 50, or 60 years ago, what would you need for a happy Halloween? Well, if you believe these vintage advertisements targeting the fairer sex, it's mostly booze, cigarettes, pantyhose . . . and candy for the kids, of course! From sexy witches shilling shoe shine to lipstick that'll "make him mad under the moon," look back with us at these retro Halloween ads for and featuring women now.
Today is International Coffee Day! And thankfully we've come a long way since the early days of the brewed beverage, and not just on the technological and taste fronts. From the looks of many retro coffee advertisements, a woman's job was to clean the house, raise the children, and make good coffee for her husband. But not all vintage coffee ads were horribly sexist; some were just about enjoying a cup of Joe with your loved ones. See the good and the bad now!
Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend, so let the beer-drinking season commence! You'd think modern women would be free to consume whatever alcoholic beverage they choose without it accompanying stereotypes, but alas, it's been a love-hate history of beer ads for women. The '50s and '60s may not have been forward-thinking eras for females, but that doesn't mean sexist beer advertisements and marketing campaigns aren't any less common nowadays. Advertisers are old pros at using clichés and generalizations about women in hopes of getting them to buy their hops. Let's put on our beer goggles and take a look at female-targeted beer ads over the years.
Sex, which doesn't require any clothes, has long been used to sell them over the years. In the '80s, a teenage Brooke Shields told the world that nothing comes between her and her Calvins. The controversial ads raised eyebrows for their overt sexual appeal, but long before Brooke's Calvin Klein campaign, the fashion industry did its best to seduce customers — and it still does today. As New York Fashion Week kicks off today, let's look at some sexy, and sometimes sexist, vintage fashion ads.
We're approaching the changing of the seasons, and for students, that means it's back-to-school time. As the temps cool off, we can't help but get nostalgic for those days of required reading lists and collegiate crushes. So if you also miss the good ol' days of high school and college, then check out these vintage ads with a scholastic touch!
Since Diet Coke was introduced in 1982 — exactly 31 years ago today, Aug. 9 — we've seen all kinds of commercials for the light soda targeting women's waistlines and libidos. These ads have featured celebrities like Whitney Houston and Paula Abdul singing catchy jingles, lots of sweet '80s and '90s fashion, and storylines that range from funny to sexy to weird. See how Diet Coke commercials for and featuring women have evolved over the past three decades!
The long, lazy days of basking in the Summer sun are coming to a close. So as we soak up the warm weather and daydream in our offices about diving headfirst into the refreshing waters of an ocean, lake, or pool, take advantage of the skin-baring season with vintage Summer ads for bikinis, cold beverages, sunscreen, and more. Check out how women back in the day enjoyed their hot Summer days — from their pointy-chested bikinis to their Summer flings — now!
Tampon ads are filled with euphemisms and feature women in varying shades of white frolicking outdoors (not to mention the blue liquid). So if you're "becoming a woman" nowadays, how are you supposed to know what it's really like to have your period? And with all the vague verbage used in tampon and pad commercials, how would girls not think that they should be embarrassed about it?
But now subscription period box company HelloFlo is stirring things up with a new video called "Camp Gyno." It kicks typical feminine-product commercials to the curb by talking openly and frankly about periods. Not only does it use the p-word, but it uses the v-word as well!
We love that a company is finally trying to challenge the status quo when it comes to menstruation-related ads. Yet TV shows have been doing a pretty good job talking about periods for years. Here are clips from three shows — Blossom, 7th Heaven, and The Cosby Show — that, despite overuse of the word "woman," do a remarkable job of talking about first periods with humor and honesty.