In the late 1960s Virgina Slims cigarettes ran an ad campaign that featured women in “traditional,” subservient roles to men and then bragged about how far women had come with the tag line, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.” So, it’s hard to believe a culture that could produce such self-aware ads recognizing that gender stereotypes had shifted could also still be so committed to advertising campaigns that are obviously demeaning—or out-and-out misogynistic—to women and their abilities and possibilities. Granted it was a different time, but it really is amazing how far we’ve come in 50 years.

24 Incredibly Sexist Ads That Will Make You See Red

#1: “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” is right.

#2: People have been wishing it were this easy to dominate women for centuries.

#3: Apparently women belong down on the floor, naked, gazing in adoration at men’s shoes. Seriously?

#4: I can’t even be snarky. This ad is so wrong on so many levels.


#5: It’s a chauvinistic pun. How original and funny.

#6: I have to admit that it does look like a nice appliance.

#7: Let’s mount women’s heads on the wall so that our perception of them as “trophies” becomes literal.

#8: Or we could dress them up in animal prints and stick them in a cage.


#9: Phew. I was worried we were going to get through this whole collection without a sexist jab at women drivers.

#10: Ha. Ha. Ha. It’s so funny to make punny jokes about domestic violence. Now let’s go bowling.

#11: Where’s the “My Husband’s a Tool and I Want to Eat My Feelings.” Pudding?

#12: Quick tip—Giving a woman an appliance is definitely not (and never has been) a turn on.