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Sexist Ads

How One Woman Stood Up To A Sexist Calvin Klein Billboard

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Women

While walking around in New York City, a billboard ad from Calvin Klein caught the eye of Heidi Zak-- but not in a good way. Zak, the CEO and co-found...

A Quick Reminder To Advertisers That Women Are Not Objects

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Women

Contrary to what many ads may have you believe, there is more to a woman than her body. In a video posted on YouTube channel WomenNotObjects, women hi...

Working Moms Speak Out Against Tone-Deaf Real Estate Ad

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents

A real estate group in Washington state has caused a stir with its representation of working moms in its latest marketing move. As Q13 Fox reports, C...

This Sexist Bic Pen Ad Is Seriously The Wrong Way To Celebrate Women's Day

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women

Bic South Africa celebrated the country’s National Women’s Day on August 9 with an ad featuring what many are calling a sexist message. According ...

Makeup Packaging Uses Very Different Descriptors For Women And Men

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women

Once you spot the difference between these two makeup packages there's no turning back. On July 12, Instagram user Emilayhoolmes posted an image of t...

JCPenney Sends the Wrong Message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Joanna Franchini | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Joanna Franchini

Someone please save JCPenney from itself. The company's latest ad campaign, rolled out in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month, is a painful mess of mixed brand messaging, inadvertent sexism and cultural tone-deafness.

The Bias In TV Commercials That Nobody Seems To Talk About

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women

English writer John Berger famously summed up the roles of men and women in media in his 1972 book Ways of Seeing, stating, "Men act and women appear....

14 Times Women Were Sexed Up For Absolutely No Logical Reason

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

We live in a world saturated with images of beautiful women. And while there's absolutely nothing wrong with beauty and sex appeal, sometimes marketer...

Pinterest Just Hired The Man Behind Axe's Infamously Sexist Ads

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business

Pinterest, a social network dominated by women, just hired the man behind a series of infamously sexist advertisements to head its marketing. David...

Vintage Weight Loss Ads You WON'T Believe | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women

Want to shape up for spring and summer? From eating like a caveman to pecking like a bird, there are so many conflicting diet plans, it can feel impos...

So, Guys, How Does It Feel Being The 'Ridiculous' Ad Hottie?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.20.2014 | Women

BuzzFeed's new video, "If Women's Roles in Ads Were Played by Men," pokes fun at the ogling and objectifying of women in commercials. In the segmen...

Something Stinks. And It's Not Your Body.

Erin Scot | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Erin Scot

I don't know about you, but I'm not afraid of my vagina (or vulva, which is the external genitalia that I assume this body wash is actually meant to cleanse). It's a body part, just like an elbow or a nose. But somewhere along the line, someone decided that women ought to be ashamed of it.

11 Horrifyingly Offensive Vintage Ads

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

Always wish you had dimples? There's a contraption for that. From the depths of our nightmares comes 11 vintage ads selling everything from sauna ...

Why This Ad Campaign Made People Very Angry

Posted 10.24.2013 | Women

Another day, another unnecessarily sexual advertising slogan. Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Blonde Ale features a creepy doll and the s...

LOOK: Vintage Furniture Proves Sex Doesn't Always Sell

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 10.03.2013 | HuffPost Home

From the "If Sterling Cooper Was A Real Ad Agency" department comes this gem of a furniture advertisement that tries to convince hapless fedora-wearin...

Parents Outraged By Message Sent By Shoe Company Ad

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents

Yet another brand has angered parents by marketing to girls and boys separately and using antiquated gender stereotypes to do so. This time, ads by sh...

Gmail Ad Claims Women Use Email For Shoes, Dates, Not Much Else

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.15.2013 | Women

So this is how women's minds work. A recent ad for Gmail's redesigned multiple-tab inbox imagines how much easier the new system will make female u...

WATCH: This Ad Is Getting A Whole Lot Of Backlash

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.23.2013 | Women

Sexist ads are hardly a relic from the "Mad Men" era. In fact, in the past year alone we've been treated to everything from the use of an iconic femin...

PHOTO: Yet Another Reason We're Glad It's Not The '20s

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 07.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

In my mind, there's no other way to read the prevailing statement in this vintage appliance ad except with sarcasm. Flickr photo from JoeWolf ...

LOOK: Sexy Gym Ad Sparks Controversy In D.C. Suburb

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.03.2013 | DC

An ad featuring the humongous likeness of a scantily-dressed woman crawling over a pool table has caught the ire of a group of concerned citizens who...

LOOK: 'We Are Still The Weaker Sex'

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.31.2013 | Women

On the list of things making us glad we didn't live in 1944 is this article said to be from that year's September issue of Ladies Home Journal. Accord...

Is This The 'Most Sexist Ad Of All Time'?

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Women

The mistaken notion that women are bad drivers has probably been around since the invention of the automobile, but in the '50s and '60s it was evident...

LOOK: Grape Nuts Used To Fat-Shame Women

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Advertising isn't known for being body positive. Companies as diverse as and Oatmeals NY have resorted to shaming potential customer...

LOOK: Is This Cervical Cancer PSA Sexist?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women

Singapore isn't exactly known for subtlety when it comes to public service announcements. Earlier this year, BuzzFeed alerted us to a seriously creepy...

WATCH: What If Ads Depicted Men This Way

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women

Media and advertising are often unkind to women, but you get the best sense of how unkind when someone compiles several demeaning ads in one place. ...