The respect women get. Cleaning the house. Cooking delicious meals. Waiting for her man. Raising children. And in the meanwhile, staying sexy and smart… but not too smart.

As a women, being sexy or feminine has it’s blurry lines depending on the era you live in. Back in the days women were body shamed for being too skinny as you’ll see from the Ionized Yeast ad: “Men hate the sight of me, I’m so skinny”, now they’re shamed for not being skinny enough see Protein World advert:”Are you beach body ready”?

Rational Wiki gives us an accurate image of what Objectification means: Objectification is a term to describe seeing human beings as objects. Representations show people, not as individuals, but as things to be owned, sold, used, etc”

The adverts of yesterday weren’t opposed to men abusing their wives if they bought the wrong coffee. We want to say that many things changed since then but is it really true? See Belvedere’s “Go Down Smoothly” Poster from 2012 that makes light of sexual assault and judge for yourself.

Seems like all’s fair in the ad game. These vintage sexist ads and contemporary ones show us as a society in which it’s acceptable to see women as objects, as slaves, as submissive.

The fact is that we all live in a world created by marketers. Advertising is a powerful tool that has shaped our attitudes, behaviors, wants and needs, since the beginning of the 20th century when it got into radio, and the late 1940s when it got into television.

Those who worked in the advertising field in the early 20th century didn’t care that with great power comes great responsibility.

We cannot state that all advertising from today tries to conform to moral and ethical standards but after looking back at some of the most offensive, and sexist vintage ads – today’s ads are a little “better”.

Objectification hurts

Numerous studies have found that feeling objectified is bad for women. Being ogled can make women do worse on math tests, and self-sexualization, or scrutiny of one’s own shape, is linked to body shame, eating disorders and poor mood.

Our Brains See Men as Whole and Women as Parts

Research shows that women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather than a whole, according to research published online June 29 in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Men, on the other hand, are processed as a whole rather than the sum of their parts.

Women Not Objects

A powerful new campaign wants advertisers to know that many consumers are fed up with how women are portrayed.

Women Not Objects, is a project dedicated to calling out the objectification of women in commercials, magazine spreads and other forms of advertising.

The use of women and their bodies as mere objects in advertising

Van Heusen: “Show Her It’s A Man’s World”

The Objectification Of Women In Sexist Ads It's Not A Joke

Post-it: “For the things you’ll forget”

1974 Weyenberg Shoes: “Keep her where she belongs” (at men’s feet)


Madison Avenue: “The only thing that cooks better is a woman”

sexist ads

Palmolive: Men Ask “Is She Pretty?” Not “Is She Clever?”

“Is It Always Illegal To Kill A Woman?”

sexist ads

Pep Vitamins: “The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks!”



2009 Burger King: “It’ll Blow Your Mind”

sexist ads

That’s What Wives Are For!

A jewellery ad which shows how women can be bought by jewellery.

sexist ads

Don’t Worry Darling, You Didn’t Burn The Beer!

Ironized yeast Tablets – So there used to be a “too skinny” problem?

sexist ads

What’s important is the beer

Men Are Better Than Women!

In a real 2008 promotion, Stil vodka offered men a trip to Russia to pick a Russian Bride.

Acme, 1963: The most important quality in coffee is how much it will please your man.


Need to lose a little weight before your wedding?

sexist ads

If Your Husband Ever Finds Out..

Here a woman actually personifies a car for her partner to drive

“Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere”

It’s Nice To Have A Girl Around The House

Women get the shallow part in the relationship.

1968: American Airlines wants you to think of its attractive flight attendants as your mother.


Whitehall Labs, 1969: “Housewife headache.”


You don’t have a boyfriend because you got acne

sexist ads

Belvedere Vodka: “Unlike some people Belvedere always goes down smoothly”sexist ads

Lux: “Wanted Husbands for these (perspirated) girls”


“Good thing he kept his head”Credit/TheVine

The “Body Beautiful” Barsexist ads

“You mean a woman can open it?”sexist ads

“Are you woman enough to buy a man’s mustard?”


We’re about to reveal something you’ll really droll over

sexist ads

U.S. Navy: “Gee!! I wish I were A MAN”


“Why you should beat your wife”


A cigar brings out the caveman in you

Credit/The Vine

The Mini Atomatic – Cars simple enough for a woman to drive

sexist ads

Sisley Fashion Junkie – Girls ‘sniffing a vest

sexist ads

1969 Jell-O doesn’t think a woman can understand office hierarchies.

sexist ads

Ford India advert with women stuffed in the boot

sexist ads

In the 70’s: “innocence is sexier than you think.”

sexist ads

Weird recent ad from Tom Ford

sexist ads

Dormeyer, 1966: Wives are desperate for home appliances and will cry to get them.

sexist ads

You know you’re not the first. But do you really care?

sexist ads

If you don’t buy these new Drummond sweaters we’ll go right back to male models

sexist ads

A girl size hand needs a girl-size pen

Credit/Amusing Planet


This is no shape for a girl


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