Very Phallic Vintage Ads Prove Agencies Were Thinking With Their Dicks

Copyranter posted seven phallic ads in his column on Buzzfeed, and each one is worse than the next. It would be nice to construct some in-depth commentary about visual literacy and subliminal messages, but all I can think is They knew what this looked like, right? And someone still gave it the green light? I mean,… » 11/26/12 6:45pm 11/26/12 6:45pm

And Now, an Unsettling Blast From The Past: Some Jerks Who Believe…

There's no date on this vintage clipping from the New York Daily Mirror, which was published between 1924 and 1963. But judging by the glasses and the typefaces, we're going to assume it was printed in the '50s. (That mod sans serif at the very bottom seems mid-century?) Anywho! Question: "If a woman needs it, should… » 7/06/12 4:00pm 7/06/12 4:00pm

Vintage Ads: Women Can't Drive, And Other Misogynistic Messages

Today's Daily Mail runs excerpts from a new book, You Mean A Woman Can Open It?: The Woman's Place In The Classic Age Of Advertising which features those oldies but goodies we're oh-so fond of. It's hard to imagine a world in which advertisers actually got away with this stuff: A car ad with a ditzy-looking broad… » 11/28/07 11:00am 11/28/07 11:00am

Abortion Then Was Lot Like Abortion Now

In an article from the 1959 issue of Sexology, writer Isadore Rubin covered a three-day conference sponsored by Planned Parenthood. One of the doctors present was Dr. Alfred Kinsey! Rubin's story, "Illegal Abortion... Disease Of Society" reveals the facts surrounding the issue of abortion at the time and many of the… » 10/09/07 3:30pm 10/09/07 3:30pm

Clitoral Mutilation: Not Just For African Girls

Everyone loves a clitoris, right? Well, not really! Yesterday our favorite old-magazine-article blog Modern Mechanix posted a piece on 'the female penis' from a mid-1960s issue of the journal Sexology and sparked a mini-debate within the blog's community after one reader intimated that clitorises are immodest,… » 7/05/07 11:28am 7/05/07 11:28am