101 Shockingly Sexist Vintage Ads


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The modern take? Selling vagina insecurity.

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Reader’s Digest, September, 2012


It’s the FUNNIEST ISSUE EVER because the BABY SAYS SO and look at the way HE’S LAUGHING and there are OTHER FUNNY PEOPLE INSIDE the magazine so YOU’LL LIKE THEM too.


An elimae appreciation

Wigleaf editor Scott Garson posted a Facebook appreciation of elimae.

Some of you have heard that the current issue of elimae is the final one. I feel like we should be making more of this! elimae was a pioneer web journal — started up by Deron Bauman way back in ’96 (when most people still didn’t have email accounts, when you had to wait long seconds for each web page to load). Under Bauman and subsequent editors (and super-fine writers) Cooper Renner, Kim Chinquee, and Brandon Hobson, elimae specialized in a kind of fiction that was more or less disappearing in New York. Gordon Lish’s final year at Knopf was ’95, and New York was starting to narrow down to the two types of literary fiction it could hope to do profitably: moral entertainment and authorial spectacle. elimae did neither. Under Renner’s stewardship, the journal solidified its reputation for a distinctive sort of fiction — tight, minimal, sentence-aware, often very short (under three hundred words). As a reader, I didn’t always love everything I found in elimae, but I was always excited to read through the monthly issues. I always felt like an elimae story might find a way into me, changing my brain or the way I saw fiction or life on earth.

The Sad Allure of The Vermont Country Store

For me, browsing the offerings of The Vermont Country Store is a little like clearing out the house of an elderly relative who’s died.

Tender sentiments and pity mingle with embarrassment and faint revulsion.
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Recession Christmas

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The Difference Between A Men’s Magazine And A Rapist?

You probably can’t tell:

Researchers gave a group of men and women quotes from the British lad mags FHMLoadedNuts and Zoo, as well as excerpts from interviews with actual convicted rapists originally published in the book The Rapist Files. The participants couldn’t reliably identify which statements came from magazines and which from rapists — what’s more, they rated the magazine quotes as slightly more derogatory than the statements made by men serving time for raping women. The researchers also showed both sets of quotes to a separate group of men — the men were more likely to identify with the rapists’ statements than the lad mag excerpts. The only slightly bright spot in the study: when researchers randomly (and sometimes incorrectly) labelled the quotes as coming from either rapists or magazines, the men were more likely to identify with the ones allegedly drawn from mags. At least they didn’t want to agree with rapists.

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Cicero’s PencilHeads

German political magazine Cicero hired Ragna ReuschKlinkenberg to carve delicate likenesses of political leaders in the graphite tips of pencils. They then sent the pencils as calling cards in the hope of securing interviews. You can watch a douchey promotional video, with a few seconds of the pencils being carved, here.

(via +Tim Carmody)

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