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5 Sexist Ads That Stirred the Public in Recent Months (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Advertising agencies, accidentally or otherwise, often cross the line in an attempt to pitch merchandise or services, with the ads being labeled as sexist by the public or watchdog organizations.

Where Do You Keep Yours?

The latest ad for Tunnock’s Tea Cakes landed its creators in hot water after a complaint to the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The ad in question depicts a female tennis player lifting her tennis skirt while holding a tea cake beside her hip instead of a tennis ball, with a caption ‘Where do you keep yours?”. This imagery, along with an additional phrase ‘Serve up a treat’, led ASA to deem the ad as demeaning to women.

‘Leftover Women’

Furniture giant Ikea ended up apologizing for an ad it aired in China deemed offensive to single 27-year old and over women who are sometimes referred to as ‘leftover women’. The 29-second video featured a mother scolding her daughter for not "bringing home a boyfriend" to meet her parents.


Late in 2017 Italian cycling company Pinarello released an ad promoting the launch of its e-bike for casual riders and women who want to 'follow easily the men's pace', which prompted many to condemn it on social media as sexist using the hashtag PinarellNO.

A post on the company official Instagram page featured a picture of a woman described as a ‘couple rider’ and with the following caption: 'I've always wanted to go cycling with my boyfriend but it seemed impossible. Soon everything will become possible.'

Pandora’s Bracelet

Danish jewelry brand Pandora got accused of sexism because of an ad displayed in the Milan subway. The billboard was devoid of any provocative imagery and merely followed a question directed at shoppers seeking to buy Christmas presents for ladies: “An iron, pajamas, an apron, a Pandora bracelet. In your opinion, what would make her happy?”

Used Cars and Women

An Audi commercial aired in China last year drew sharp criticism from the local social media users who blamed it for effectively equating women with used cars. The video features a mother roughly inspecting her son’s bride during a wedding ceremony, and then shifts to a red Audi sedan driving through an empty highway, with narrator warning the viewers that “an important decision must be made carefully.”

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