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We Should Be Glad Our Ads Are Not Following The Past Standards

It’s true that some modern-day ads objectify women, but there’s no way companies could get away with what they just did a half-century ago.

In the Pre-Civil Rights era, major brands like Kellogg’s featured sexist slogans, like “The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks.”

Other companies promoted pseudoscience that we now know to be utter bunk. 7-Up told moms to add the soda to their babies’ milk. Camel cigarettes was marketed as “the doctor’s favorite brand.”

It makes you wonder how many of today’s ads will shock our grandkids’ generation.
This Palmolive ad from the 1920s makes out that appearance is more important than intelligence for women.

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In the 1940s, Camel tried to make out that cigarettes are actually good for you.

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This Jello ad from the 1920s shows a small black boy serving a white woman at a “plantation.”

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A Kellogg’s ad from the 1930s encourages women to work hard around the house.

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7up encouraged mothers to give their babies the sugary drink in the 1950s.

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The Soda Pop Board Of America had a similar idea to 7up.

Marlboro used babies to sell cigarettes in the 1950s.

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Here’s another example.

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Van Heusen mocked at non-white people in the 1950s.

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