Wednesday, May 27, 2009

That's not fresh at -all-, no.

Fifteen sexist vintage ads. mmMMMmm, Lysol douche. No, seriously, they did.

See, that proves it, though: it's -good- to use "douchebag" as an insult, because what you're actually saying is

"Dave? I need you like I need Lysol in my cooch. Byieeeeeeee!"

h/t various folks on Twitter including Neil Gaiman.

ETA: if you're interested in this kind of thing, Pink Think has more. and yes, I believe the book includes the Lysol douche ad, albeit not that particular iteration, with the locks.


Nudiemuse said...

Douchebag is one of my favorite insults. Or just douche, because some people are so irritating they irritate my vagina just that much.

Tlönista said...

All right. "You bet your sweet Telex Operator" is totally my new favourite catchphrase.

Kim said...

I have to admit, I do love these old ads.

I'd write more but I have to go douche with Lysol now.

CrackerLilo said...

My legs, like, reflexively crossed! (It may provide context if I state that I am allergic to Lysol.)

I hope any real-life "Daves" ended up reflexively crossing their legs, too.

Douching in general is so bad for women in most cases that I'm okay with "douchebag" as an insult, though I hardly ever use it. I'm filing this under "It's a wonder our ancestors managed to reproduce!"

belledame222 said...


Mandos said...

The lulz! The lulz!

Has the radfemosphere gone all to popcorn? I'm tempted to deposit an ellipsis there.

belledame222 said...

What's wrong, mandos, Lysol douche ads not entertainment enough for ye?

belledame222 said...

...okay, that IS rather amusing. I mean, considering that TF was played out three years ago.

belledame222 said...

"But seriously, get off my fucking case already with this hypervigilant radfem hall monitor shit. The policey, self-righteous, gotcha bullshit around here generally is chapping my entire hide."

You are the goddamn hall monitor. You wrote the feminist archetype you now find so stultifying.
HA! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaa...

*ahem* *choke* *nerf* well.

still on about "the BDSMers," I see. poor little douchebag.

Mandos said...

The Lysol ad is hilarious and cringe-inducing indeed, but I had already seen it. You were scooped by Amanda Marcotte a year ago.

I was waiting for you to reach that comment though. The lulz really broke open at that one.

Thing is, the social breakdown has lately been accelerated, so I've been paying closer attention. When a group without real power (at least in the direct political and economic senses) starts eating at itself like that, there are lessons to be learned. They kind of remind me of Euripides' Trojan Women, only without a Troy to watch burn.

Mandos said...

I guess there are more differences than that. Like who would be throwing Astüanax off the wall in their version?

Mandos said...

OK, I'll stop with the dead mouse delivery for a while. :) For a while.

belledame222 said...

gee, if only I'd been reading Amanda. reposting old material, I must not be one of the cool kidz anymore. boo hoo

belledame222 said...

yes, exactly like the Trojan Women. sort of in the same way that i am exactly like Marie of Romania, and my cat is exactly like Hamlet.

Mandos said...

I knew I'd get a reaction out of you for mentioning AM.

Your cat is exactly like Hamlet?

I learned that bacon cures cancer on a blog recently, so anything is possible.

belledame222 said...

oh yeah? works for me. -gets skillet, pre-emptively-

belledame222 said...

yes, existential dilemmas, long speeches, broody, chases own tail, meows for food in the morning. exactly like Hamlet.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

The great thing about "douche" as an insult is that it works beautifully in many compounds other than just "douchebag"

To wit:

douchey mcdoucherson

belledame222 said...