From Vintage Ads, another great example of the propagation of the stereotype that women are jealous of and hateful towards one another:


The ad reminded me of the Pantene commercials from the 1980s with the slogan “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…”  The real message not being “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…” but, “Don’t hate me because you could be beautiful too, and if you can’t, well then I suppose you’re going to have to hate me”:

More examples of this meme here, here, here, and here.

I discuss the phenomenon, and how sexism (NOT estrogen) produces this situation, in a post about Battle of the Bods.


Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.