The Girl He Married

by Jennifer on February 26, 2008

After yesterday, I’m gunning for the easy laugh today.

Maybe some of you have seen this. (It’s making the email circuits, and I might have been the end of the line. I often am.) Your mothers and grandmothers might even remember it from the evening edition of The (Fill In Your Town) Post, circa 1948. I guarantee you, your fathers and grandfathers have blocked it from memory.

To think, all these years I’ve been spraying Lysol on doorknobs and phones. Huh.

(Men, you might want to look away. Just trust me.)


Because nothing says I want you like eau de disinfectant.

Is anyone else dying to know what the other 5 reasons are?


Ladies, you heard it–take no needless, dangerous chances…

(What’s that sound I hear? Why, I think it’s all of you, printing and clipping this coupon.)

For more information (sorry, I don’t have a link for LESS information, no matter how much you might want one) click over here, where there are 9 other timeless Lysol ads. You know you want to.

Also, I’m supposed to give credit here, to comply with some licensing hooey.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Slow Panic February 27, 2008 at 6:14 am

thank goodness it comes in aerosol now.

Brenda February 27, 2008 at 6:49 am

Can I just say, “OUCH!!!!!”

we_be_toys February 27, 2008 at 7:46 am

OMG, I can’t believe this ad!!! I’m really hoping this was some kind of product just MADE by Lysol, not the real deal that these poor women were flushing up their hoohaas. I’m envisioning scores of women made sterile or worse. Like I said, I’m really, REALLY hoping that this isn’t the same stuff you clean a toilet out with, ya know? Owwwieeee!

HRH February 27, 2008 at 7:46 am

I am still laughing at Slow Panic…silly girl. I second Brenda.

Kellan February 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

That is crazy – what in the world?!? Slow Panic’s comment was hysterical – tee hee!

Have a good day! Kellan

suburbancorrespondent February 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

This definitely puts the women’s liberation movement into a new perspective….I mean, now that I can see where the anger came from. Wow.

Anyone remember the Geritol commercials from the 70’s? “My wife – I think I’ll keep her.” Double wow.

cce February 27, 2008 at 11:16 am

I have no words, this astounds me and makes me giggle and part of me thinks that advertising was actually more explicit way back then, there’s something really creepy about these ads. We’ve sort of sterilized our feminine hygiene talk. Today’s ads just seem so tame.

flutter February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

omg can you imagine how BAD THAT WOULD STING?!?!

furiousball February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

i’m going to go douche right now

liv February 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm

gag. really.

Lisa Tobin February 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm

That’s just ewwwww!

TX Poppet February 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Did one one of these a while back and the comments were hilarious. It’s just so sad how many serious injuries and deaths were caused by this ad campaign.

Found your blog via the Hotfessional. Glad I did.

dragonfly February 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm

All I can say…I’m disturbed. Very disturbed.

Tootsie Farklepants February 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Yikes! Well, I hope it was at least lemon fresh. Because nothing says pie like meringue.

Mrs. G. February 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I grew up in the south, and my grandmother was a huge believer in this. I just have to add that she was ill tempered and a bit unstable…maybe it was the Lysol. She also used to swallow Vicks Vaporub.

slouching mom February 27, 2008 at 6:12 pm

I’m speechless. And that’s rare for me.

marlee February 27, 2008 at 7:50 pm

so. totally. DISTURBING!!!!

Betsy Bird February 28, 2008 at 8:32 am

At last — historians have pinpointed the exact moment the feminist movement was born!

Love your blog and will subscribe.

Manic Mommy February 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Okay, just to be clear, women would use Lysol (normal lysol like what I have under the bathroom sink) as a douche? Oh. my. God.

And the ad? The web of indifference? What the hell did she have up there that required LYSOL for God’s sake?


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