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What Boys Think of Girls

What Ads For Women Look Like (To Women) [VIDEO]

We all know women only care about two things: non-fat yogurt and birth control. At least, that’s what advertisements tell me, so it must be right, right? Megan Amram and Yahoo’s sketch comedy series did a fantastic parody of condescending women’s advertisements: a commercial for both yogurt and birth control, at the same time, finally giving us women exactly what we want. Watch for a painfully accurate portrayal of women in advertisements (laughing with salad) and don’t miss the hilarious cameo at the end.

(via Upworthy)

Previously in Women

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Thank You?

Facebook Reportedly Fears Alienating Its Users With Autoplay Ads. You Don’t Say?

Sadly, Facebook has not backtracked on their decision to introduce autoplay, television-style ads into the social networking site, but, at the very least, the company is delaying the process and taking care to accommodate concerns. Founder Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly taking precautions to ensure that the new type of advertising disrupts Facebook users as little as possible, while still making the company $2.5 million per day per advertising spot.

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Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

Facebook Pulls Advertisements From “Controversial” Pages

After being approached by multiple advertisers who found that their ads were being featured on pages that conflict with their corporate image (pages with sex and violence), Facebook has announced that it will be pulling advertising from pages that could be considered controversial.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Unicorn Cupcake!

How — how, I ask you — is anyone supposed to eat this? (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: It’s David Tennant’s Birthday

Today is David Tennant‘s birthday! We gave Cardboard David Tennant a hat that someone sent us, but he doesn’t seem too thrilled. I guess after 900, all the birthdays start to feel the same.

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And That's Terrible

Woman Sues Vodka Company Since Her Image Wasn’t Meant For Their Nasty Ad

An even skeevier development from the “Belvedere Vodka rapey” ad front: The woman featured in the ad, Alicyn Packard, is now suing the company for using her image. Why? Because for one thing, the image comes from a video featuring Packard that was never meant to be used for another company’s advertisement; it’s a screenshot from a sketch that appeared on Strickly Viral. For another, no one bothered to get Packard’s permission to use her image for this highly questionable ad in the first place, because it’s not as if she posed for a stock photo that could have ended up anywhere, even without her direct consent. So, let it be known: companies can go find a video online — any video — take a screenshot, put it in a horribly different context, and expect to get away with it. Well, that’s great.

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Thank You?

FINALLY: Axe Makes a Body Spray For Ladies (Barf)

O joy, ’tis a happy Monday indeed! For now we can eagerly anticipate a new step in gender equality thanks to Axe Body Spray, who has introduced Anarchy — a Spray for Ladies! And there is an ad! Gosh, I wonder if it’s going to feature a homely woman being pawed by a gaggle of sexy, sexy menfolk, just like in the corresponding ads for the boys … Oh, no, wait. She is already hot. And taking her clothes off. In the midst of a police chase and a traffic accident. Yup. Okay, never mind then. Axe remains 100 percent a men’s brand.

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Great Moments in Advertising

Survey Says: Ads That Make Women Look Intolerable; Feature Pooping Contests Are Bad

Wonderful news: It’s not just you! There are horrible commercials out there, and in a new poll run by Consumerist, readers have sounded off on the worst ads and advertising trends they’ve seen this year. And guess what, ad men? People are really sick of women being portrayed badly. And also: pooping contests, flash mobs, and press conferences. Take note, Don Draper et al.: your audience has evolved, and they are over the “take my wife, please” thing.

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Great Moments in Advertising

Everything Is Wrong With This Douching Ad [Video]

Hi there! This is the stupidest thing you’ll see today. While we are in favor of revering the powers of the mighty vagina to an extent (since we have them and all), this Summer’s Eve ad — which ran in one theater before the Harry Potter movie — is yet another case of advertising a product using sexist and phallic imagery — Well hello, two sets of guys fighting for the noble honor of the (vinegar-fresh) vadge with pointed objects! — to try and get you to stick something in your lady business that doesn’t belong there. Ancient women have been doing throughout the ages! Primitive (read “non-white”) cultures did it too! And all advertising execs know that tribal imagery will remind viewers of “herbal” or “organic” remedies and distract them from the fact that they’re selling scented vinegar wipes. (We’re looking at you, lady with her arms outstretched to the sky in the shape of a “V”!)

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The Idiot's Lantern

Things That Are Only Weird In Comics: DC to Advertise Flashboot on Television

DC Comicsmajor reboot doesn’t just include a whole bunch of new and ending titles, but also offering digital downloads of comics the day they are released in print. Obviously this is a huge opportunity for the company to increase availability to consumers beyond independently-owned comic book stores and attract a bigger, mainstream audience. And now, to better market their titles, they are going to try advertising DC Comics with a nationwide campaign of commercials. On the tee-vee. Oh, boy.

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