No Comment: “Give Us Your Cash, Bitch”

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes “Give Us Your Cash, Bitch,” the frontrunner for the most racism and misogyny ever combined in one political ad. In it, Los Angeles City Council member Janice Hahn, who is running for California’s 36th Congressional seat against Republican Craig Huey, is portrayed as a stripper […]

No Comment: Woman-As-Meat Shirt

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Eww. This is the “carne t-shirt” from Los Angeles-based “street subculture” clothing line The Hundreds, and it has a naked woman cut up like pieces of meat on it. The “details”of the shirt that The Hundreds provides are especially disgusting: Mmmm. Carne. Oh, sorry, I got a bit distracted there. Not that you really care, […]

No Comment: “Even Your Wife Can Turn on the DVD!”

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Finally, someone has devised a way for women to turn on the DVD! Thanks, AudioOne, for making a product so simple even a woman can use it! On first blush, this electronics ad, submitted by Ms. reader Caroline in Lexington, SC, seems to be a real throwback to advertising of the 1950′s. Unfortunately, we may […]

No Comment: Carl’s Jr Exec Discovers Turkey Is a Country

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Thursday night used to be my happy night, thanks to the reigning queens of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks and Rec, 30 Rock). But lately that perfect happiness has been marred by a Carl’s Jr. commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmTLAs6SyS4 Yes, it sells turkey burgers by showing the actual Miss Turkey–Gizem Memic–in a bikini. And […]

No Comment: Caveman Courtship

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Somewhere we got the idea that ”caveman” courtship involved a man clubbing a woman over the head and dragging her by the hair to his cave where he would, presumably, copulate with an unconscious or otherwise unwilling woman. This idea, as these two products show, is generally considered good for a chuckle. (glasses sent in by […]

No Comment: March Madness, A Guide for Girls

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It’s that time of year again, gals. The time of year when we sit down, furl our lady brows, and try our darndest to take part in that gee-whiz-tough office tradition, the March Madness pool. I know it’s hard, what with the estrogen-fuddled brains and all, but thanks to winemaker Seven Daughters’ March Gladness table, […]

Vintage No Comment: Young and Innocent, 1977

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This ad for New West magazine, a short-lived California version of New York magazine, appeared in the January 1977 No Comment section of Ms. Coincidentally, New York magazine published the first-ever edition of Ms. as a one-page insert in 1972. Do you think the same sort of advertising geniuses are behind this campaign that “pretends” […]

No Comment: SNL’s Transphobic Ad

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If Saturday Night Live’s fake ad for “Estro-maxx” last night had any purpose–or punchline–besides transphobia, we missed it. Shouldn’t fake advertising be an opportunity to satirize mainstream ads to, you know, humorous effect? Maybe the SNL writing staff needs a refresher course from Sarah Haskins: Update: GLAAD has started a petition campaign demanding an apology […]

Vintage No Comment: Missing the Boat, 1977

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This advertisement appeared in the No Comment section of the Nov. 1977 issue of Ms. This one’s dedicated to you, Hugh Hefner–congrats on your latest engagement. Can we interest you in renting a yacht?

No Comment: Tilly’s Teaches Women How to Listen

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Listen up, ladies. Tilly’s, the popular surf and skate clothing chain, is “teaching women how to listen,” according to an LRG-brand t-shirt it’s selling. The front features a woman, nude from the shoulders up, with tape over her mouth, captioned “enjoy the silence,” and below in parentheses, “drawing of girl with tape on mouth.” Offered […]