Artist Reverses Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads And Ita��s Going To Trigger A Lot Of Men


Housewives ever since the mid-20th century had a particular image. In movies, ads on TV and in print media you would see a wife with perfect hair and makeup slaving over the stove, hoovering, working in her garden or ironing with a serene, calm indifference on her face. This diligent wife had dedicated her life to taking care of every wish and whim of her husband and kids. She found great joy in having just one sole purpose behind her existence: serving her family well.

Gratefully, things have changed immensely since those a�?darka�� ages of gender conformity. Or so it seems. Women enjoy much more independence now. Wea��d love for you to tell a woman now how her place is in the kitchen and her priceless reaction to it. Looking at the ads in this article youa��d say that feminism was much needed after all.

SPAAAAH!!!

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Fine-art photographer, video director, visual artist, founder and creative director of Plastik Magazine and Plastik Studios, Eli Rezkallah from Beirut created a series called a�?In A Parallel Universea�?. In this series, he took some vintage print ads and then switched the gender roles. By doing so, he revealed how absolutely stigmatizing and absurd such stereotypical notions were.

The inspiration for this comes from a personal incident which he relates, a�?Last Thanksgiving, I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling a�?their womanly dutiesa�?. Although I know that not all men think that way I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison. a�?In a parallel universea�? is a series of fictional images, recreated from real ads in the mad men era, that question modern day sexism: showing it through a humorous light to spark a conversation through role play – a conversation that we need to have, uncles.a�?

You dona��t say.

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Brand: Alcoa Aluminium, Origin: USA, Decade: 1950s, Image type: Magazine Advert

How about maybe your give your wife a hand with the dishes?

Eli Rezkallah

Brand: Lux, Origin: USA, Year: 19656, Image type: Magazine Advert

No, please, just dona��t push it.

Eli Rezkallah

Brand: Chemstrand Nylon, Origin: USA, Decade: 1940s, Image type: Magazine Advert

That cannot be the only possible way they could have wanted a girl around the house.

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Brand: Mr Leggs, Origin: USA, Year: 1962, Image type: Magazine Advert

Whata��s more pathetic? A woman serving him breakfast on her knees or him thinking that wearing that tie in bed looks cool?

Eli Rezkallah

Brand: Van Heusen, Origin: USA, Decade: 1940s, Image type: Magazine Advert

Christmas must have really sucked back then.

 

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Brand: Hoover, Origin: USA, Decade: 1950s, Image type: Magazine Advert

How did this seem okay?

 

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Brand: Mr Leggs, Origin: USA, Year: 1962, Image type: Magazine Advert

My Hardeea��s craving just went down the drain.

 

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Brand: Hardee’s, Origin: USA, Decade: 1940s, Image type: Magazine Advert

Can you tell if thata��s sarcasm?

 

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Brand: Schlitz, Origin: USA, Decade: 1940s, Image type: Magazine Advert

Apparently physical assault puts you in the mood for a cup oa�� joe. Or maybe ita��s the other way around. We cana��t really tell.

Eli Rezkallah

Brand: Chase & Sanborn Coffee Origin: USA, Decade: 190s, Image type: Magazine Advert


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Artist Reverses Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads And Ita��s Going To Trigger A Lot Of Men

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