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by on March 8, 2012

In honor of our month of art and design, as well as to pay homage to International Women’s Day the best way we know how — by possibly offending someone — here are fifteen sexy and openly sexist ads from the last eight decades. 

Mad Men and Naked Women: A Brief History of Sexy Ads


This 1947 Ivory ad seems to say, “It’s okay to drop the soap, boys, ’cause it floats. And so do you.”


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail