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Vintage Broomsticks Pants Ad

Flashback: Casual Friday Gone Wrong

They sure had an odd way of advertising pants back in the day (the '60s?).

Let's feature a woman in her underwear surrounded by guys wearing Broomsticks brand pants. (Broomsticks?!) The copy underneath the picture suggests that the "play" at work that Broomsticks pants inspire involves sexually harassing "Rosie. Or Carol. Or Eleanor, etc." (You know women — all equally harassable and interchangeable, especially when practically naked at work.) As one blogger put it, "Broomsticks. Your gang-rapey pants." Yowza. To see the complete ad,

"The Game Is Broomsticks. Ring around Rosie. Or Carol. Or Eleanor, etc. Fun. But you can only play if you wear Broomsticks slacks. Hopsacks, twists, flannels in blends of Acrilan and rayon for permanently pressed good looks. Play styles. Game colors. To help make you a winner. But if you don’t want to play our way — take off our pants and go home."

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