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01/17/2014 02:49 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

11 Sexist Vintage Ads That Will Have Your Head Spinning

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 exercise suits to "chin reducers." According to the ads, women can be too skinny, too fat and too smelly -- basically any adjective, we can be too much of it. While shaming women into buying products is not a new phenomenon, these ads are more offensive -- and ridiculous -- than most. Southern California artist, Cynthia Petrovic, chronicles these vintage body-shaming images on her Do I Offend? blog.

These images illustrate how openly absurd advertisements once were, while also reminding us how much sexism sneaks into advertising today. And while we've made some progress, we still have a ways to go.

Here are 11 of the most cringe-worthy ads we found:

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11 Horrifyingly Sexist Vintage Ads

Head over to Petrovic's Do I Offend? blog to see more sexist vintage ads.

[h/t Collectors Weekly]

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