From the Stacks: “I Wish the Burglar Had Stolen…” My Wife?

Ah, yes. The good ole days when it was OK to use funny jokes about wife-hating and spousal abuse in advertisements for  alarm systems.

Thank goodness the times when companies used violence against women to sell stuff are over. Oh wait … they’re not! Especially if you’re selling stuff that’s really, really expensive.

This ad was published in the “No Comment” section of Ms. in March 1982.


Stephanie hails from Toronto, Canada. She is a Ms. writer, a master of journalism candidate and a hip hop dancer/instructor/choreographer. She got her start in feminist journalism at the age of 16 when she was a member of the first editorial collective at Shameless magazine—and she has never looked back.