33 of the Most Sexist Ads of Yesteryear

Sexist ads from the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s

Ah, the good ol’ days of chauvinistic sexism.  A time when a good woman knew her place – in the kitchen at the foot of her man. And whenthese housewives weren’t dreaming of getting appliances for Christmas or writhing in fear of losing her husband over improper feminine hygiene, she was flashing the power of her assets from a slinky evening dress.

I’d like to think we’ve grown since the dogmatic days of Madison Avenue’s portrayal of women and wives and their love for pleasing their hubby’s through domesticated tasks. At least we seem to laugh at such stereotypes we see on AMC’s Mad Men.

But even as sexist as Don Draper is, nothing in his television world compares to these crazy sexist print advertisements from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.  In fact, I think Don and his ad men boy’s club of could only dream of creating sexist ads as ludicrous as these. Reach higher, Don… Reach higher.

Shake your head and enjoy!


Yes. Yes, it is. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at this ad. It’s not only offensive but what the hell does it have to do with postage meters?  Is it always illegal to kill a copywriter?

Is it aways illegal to kill a woman?  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


WoW! First a man on the moon… and now a ketchup bottle a woman can open???  AMAZING!

Del Monte Ketchup You Mean a woman can open it?  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


I bet there were a few women who wished there was a gun on there to circle.

Wives Circle The Appliance ~ sexism in advertising


I think her trim is showing…

Gimme Some Trim most sexist advertising extremely sexism sexist print ads of the 40s 50s 60s 70s 50s Housewives chauvinism chauvinistic advertisements mad men don worst funny draper


In other words:  Take a damn bath, bitch!

Mom's on the Warpath Ivory Soap  ~ The most sexists advertising


…Show him the divorce papers.

Van Heusen Ties Shirts Show Her It's A Man's World  ~ The most sexists advertising


Mornidine (brand of Pipamazine) was introduced in 1959 as a morning sickness drug.  It was ultimately withdrawn from the market for causing hepatic lesions in patients.  But heck… as long as it gets her back in the kitchen!

Mordine Now She Can Cook Breakfast Again  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Love’s Baby Soft?  I think this print ad would better for Thailand Tourism! CREEPY!

Love's Baby Soft Innocence is sexier than you think most sexist advertising extremely sexism sexist print ads of the 40s 50s 60s 70s 50s Housewives chauvinism chauvinistic advertisements mad men don worst funny draper


There’s a man-size feeling of power in smoking a cigar… It’s called overcompensation.

Caveman Cigar ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Yes, a big pair of hooters should always be at a man’s convenience.  But that surely can’t be HIS wife.

Stacked for Convenience Thermodor Ovens  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


“Honey, I don’t need to eat.  I’ll just get hammered and tell you how worthless you are!”

Schlitz Don't worry dear you didn't burn the beer  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Talk about your projections equipment.  In the late 50’s – early 60’s, Sabrina was the U.K.’s answer to Jayne Mansfield. Sabrina was best known for her gigantic headlights, 17-inch waist, and 36-inch hips. She was also known for her bad acting in movies and commercials.

Sabrina Talk about your projections equipment. Bell & Howell  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Golly, if only more women thrived on cooking, cleaning, and dusting, there’d be no divorces.

Pep So the harder a wife works the cuter she looks  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


You have to love the copy:  “Though she was a Tiger lady, our hero didn’t have to fire a shot to floor her.  After one look at his Mr. Leggs slacks, she was ready to have him walk all over her… If you’d like your own doll-to-doll carpeting, hunt up a pair of he-man Mr. Leggs slacks.”

Mr. Leggs Slacks It's Nice to have a girl around the house  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


That just might go down on, oops, down as one of the most phallic ads of all time

Bright n Clear Lipstick phallic ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Lysol for feminine hygiene? What a great time-saving idea!  Disinfect the counters, the litter box and yourself all at the same time!

Lysol Feminine Hygiene  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Just wait until he finds out what you’re NOT using the Lysol for!

Just wait until he finds out what you're NOT using Chase & Sanborn Coffee  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Ya gotta love her husband’s face!  That damn run in her stocking is just ruining his evening!

Lux No reason to neglect your stockings  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Kind of an Ed Gein thing going on here.

Lucky Tiger Gets His Gal Hair Tonic  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Is that what you call it?

Pushing Leotards Pinching butt  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


The Chef does everything but poison your husband…

The Chef Does Everything But Cook That's what wives are for ~ Kenmore Chef  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


I think she belongs in a loony ward.  She’s naked, lying on the floor… staring at a shoe.

Keep her where she belongs shoe ~ The most sexist ads


Gee… and I only got my wife a new ironing board pad. I shoulda went with the Hoover.

Christmas morning she'll be happier with a hoover vacuum  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


So that’s how you seduce a real woman? Better make a note of that.

Tipalet Blow in her face and she'll follow you anywhere  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Squint if you have to, but read the copy!

VW BugVolkswagon Sooner or Later your wife will drive home  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Greatest comeback ever.

Fiat Bottom Pinched ~Fiat billboard  ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Heck, I don’t see a whole lot of Sticks in those polyesters.

Broomstick Slacks ~ The most sexists advertising ~


Your mother didn’t tell you that’s how you please a man on your wedding night?

Meat Termometer for Bridal Showers ~ The most sexists advertising ~


You mean she’ll nag me for not calling more and tell me to get a haircut?

Think of her as your mother American airlines ~ The most sexists advertising ~


C’mon, hubbies! Save your wives!

Wifesaver Brown Oven Range ~ The most sexists advertising


Indoors, women a useful – even pleasant.

Men Are Better Than Women Drummond Sweaters - most sexist advertising print ads ever


Gosh, why do young wives have to so sensitive and… stinky?  I thought women were pleasant– at least indoors.

Zonite Feminie Hygiene most sexist ads


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