Miss Ginger loves most things vintage, so she was particularly amused by this posting from the French blog OWNI.eu. Looking back to the "Mad Men" era of Madison Avenue, the post features "48 Ads That Would Never Be Allowed Today." And how!
Some weren't so farfetched:
Miss Ginger remembers many Christmases where kids in the neighborhood got BB guns, although they were strictly forbidden under Momma G's tree and in her house! "You boys do enough damage to each other without weapons! The last thing I need is a way for one of you to put an eye out!" (Sidenote: do they use that phrase outside of the South? "Don't run with that pencil! You're going to fall and put an eye out?")
And even though cigarette ads seem like ancient history, Miss Ginger remembers ads like this. She also remembers every Christmas, Poppa G and Aunt Nen always gave each other a carton of cigarettes. Miss G and her wino friends exchange wine every year: is it really all that different?
Miss Ginger didn't find this ad particularly degrading, taken in strict context. I mean, in current times, she might have chosen to make dinner, because she wanted to do something special. And he's right- the beer is fine! At least the guy has his priorities in order!
At least he's not like this guy, who flies off the handle because the coffee is not fresh! Dude- stop at Starbucks on the way to the office!
Now, this ad makes Miss Ginger realize that she would make the perfect wife for Don Draper, because she would LOVE to get fabulous kitchen gadgets under her tree! Miss G LOVES her a small appliance- and NOT just the kind that run on AA batteries!!
She can see, however, how some women may find it
a tad over the top sexist!
This one, she gets! Tacky as hell! And she won't even show the ones under the "racial" headline! Check those yourself on the site... IF you have the stomach for it!