Want a Raise? Clean Your Vagina


summers eve ad contorversy

Summer's Eve and Woman's Day want to help you get a raise. The douche brand ran a full-page ad in the October issue of the women's magazine (page 50) offering advice on how you can make more money at work.

The very first step? Water your lady garden.

The ad reads, "Confidence at Work: How to Ask for a Raise" and lists 8 "helpful" tips. Here's number one:

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That's really good advice -- especially if number 2 on your list is to sleep your way to the top. In which case, you should probably think about investing in some really nice panties and maybe a little vajazzling here or vatooing there. Because -- like Summer's Eve, its parent company Fleet Laboratories, and Woman's Day -- we all know that a woman's worth is in her vagina. Or to be more specific, her very clean vagina.

Just like the secret to a guy's career success is clean balls.

Glenn Beck? Clean balls. Bill Gates? Sparkling. President Obama, George Clooney, The Situation? They've obviously all got clean balls too.

Can't you just see the ad in Men's Health now:

"Tired of getting shot down for that raise or promotion? Scrotum Scrubber has the secret to your success: Clean balls. That's right, tomorrow morning when you wake up, give the boys a good, long soapy scrubbing instead of the usual quick splash. Then, march into your boss's office and ... "

Things aren't looking so good for Summer's Eve, not least because many docs say douching is a no-no. Though to be fair, the company is trying super hard to make it up to us as per this comment on an Ad Week blog post:

"Hi I am Angela Bryant, Summer’s Eve Brand Manager. I would like to first of all apologize if this ad in anyway has offended anyone. We are taking immediate next steps to remove the ad from circulation. We want you to know that Fleet Laboratories and the Summer’s Eve brand have the utmost respect for women. While we understand how some may come to an alternative conclusion regarding our recent ad, that was never our intention. Thank you."

Wow, Angela -- brand manager? Good for you, hon. That Summer's Eve stuff must really work.

Do you accept Summer's Eve apology?

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nonmember avatar nancy

LOL! btw, apology not accepted.

Pishyah Pishyah

Nah.  It was rather blunt and obvious as to what they were saying.

29again 29again

It (the apology) reminds me of when you make your kid say sorry for doing or saying something that they really AREN'T sorry for.  How could they think that we women would NOT be offended by the thought that our only worth lies between our legs?  And from a women's product line, too!

moder... modernmom2010

That is disgusting on so many levels. And the fact that this ad campaign was approved by a WOMAN  makes it even worse

cryst... crystalchu

Wow epic fail. Though this article made me laugh like crazy. Especially the Men's Health "ad" hehehe

Pundi... PunditMom

'Cause, you know, it's not like women should get promoted on the MERITS or anything!  Is this why we're still only making 77cents on the dollar?

MJHaw... MJHawkins78

If women are both WILLING and able to sleep their way to the top,  not to mention blackmail and sexual harassment complaints, it's no wonder articles like this "slip" out.

What are all the men going to think, especially the ones who've been disenfranchised from a job or raise or promotion because some bimbo who never worked a day in her life got the position instead of him.  Maybe even one of your husbands has been that guy!!!

Maybe we ladies need to wake up and realize that at times we can do more harm than good.


nonmember avatar SKL

So how many of the following are women: (a) whoever suggested the ad; (b) whoever designed the ad; (c) whoever approved the ad at the manufacturer; (d) whoever owns the manufacturer / division and/or sets the tone for ethics and PR; (e) whoever approved the ad at the magazine; (f) whoever owns the magazine and/or sets the tone for ethics and PR there? Can we now agree that women are women's worst enemies?

nonmember avatar SKL

So is there gonna be a boycott? I mean, for those of you who would have considered buying their product / magazine in the first place?

Cafe... Cafe Suzanne

PunditMom, Not to mention that it took over 40 years for us to even get that "close."

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