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American Apparel Faces Criticism for Demonstrating the Shortness of Its Miniskirts Angry protesters claim 'Lolita fantasies'

American Apparel has once again landed in hot water for featuring questionable photos where a young woman in a plaid skirt is bending over (which arguably doubles as a racy…

August 7, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

We'll Buy Nearly Anything From a Woman in a Red Dress The story of advertising's most sensuous icon

Marketers like to talk about stuff that’s “disruptive.” And when it comes to advertising—actually, when it comes to pop culture in general—few things are quite as disruptive as a woman…

July 30, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

Are Brands Better Than Sex? Of course they are—or so a bunch of survey-happy marketers would have us believe

Maybe we’re guilty of generalizing, but let’s just venture a guess and say that people like to have sex. Of course, people like to shop, too. Marketers have long understood the…

June 18, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

30% of Millennial Moms Text With Their Partner More Than They Speak And other findings that might surprise you

Does it seem like young moms are always on their smartphones? A new survey survey by Meredith’s Parents Network, Millennial Moms & Media found that nearly half of moms between…

November 27, 2013, 7:11 AM EST

First Mover: Joanna Coles Cosmo's new editor on being scolded by HGB and the right to go bare down there (or not)

Specs Age 50 New gig Editor in chief, Cosmopolitan Old gig Editor in chief, Marie Claire You started as a reporter for The Spectator and later worked for The Guardian and The Times of…

October 22, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

English National Opera Releases Un-Opera-Like Condom Ad Not everyone's idea of a happy ending

The English National Opera is courting controversy with an ad campaign for its production of Mozart's Don Giovanni that pairs the image of an open condom wrapper with the familiar…

October 9, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

India Gets Plenty Uptight About Ad for Vaginal Tightening Cream Message of female empowerment rings false

The commercial below for a vaginal tightening cream called 18 Again is causing a backlash in India. The spot shows a wife singing "I feel like a virgin," while dancing…

August 30, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

What 200 'Playboy' Covers Tell Us About Beauty in America Era by era, a sanitized quest for physical perfection

At this point, Playboy is a relic—an outdated self-parody, much like its creator, Hugh Hefner. But historical artifacts are valuable because they give the present some context by illuminating the…

August 22, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

Trojan Vibrator Campaign Teases Facebookers, Goes Limp on Twitter Sex brand fails to get off on social media

What could have been an engorgement of social media engagement for Trojan, the condom brand, has instead represented a largely limp effort. Trojan has been trying to give away 10,000 units…

August 9, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

The Breast of Advertising From Hooters to the cover of 'Time,' does the strategy sell or repel?

Sales were “crazy, crazy,” at Sal Ali’s grocery and news shop in Manhattan, where issues of Time magazine featuring a controversial cover on attachment parenting were selling off the rack.…

June 4, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT