Budweiser tries to apologize for old sexist ads by re-doing some of them for today’s woman.

There are three big reasons why sexist beer ads have fallen by the wayside over the past few years.

1. Millennials are turned off by sexist advertising that degrades women.

2. Craft beers are taking up big shares of the marketplace and their emphasis on quality means more shots of quality hops and less shots of long legs.


3. More women are drinking beer and beverage companies would rather not turn off potential female customers.

On International Women’s Day, Budweiser issued a semi-apology for its long history of sexist ads by reimagining three that ran between 1956 and 1962. The new ads transform the images of women from subservient servers of the frothy brew to empowered consumers who love to pop open a cold one and unwind.

The campaign was created in collaboration with SeeHer, an organization devoted to the accurate portrayal of women in media and advertising.

1956: A woman opens a large pot on the stove as a man enjoys a foamy schooner of Bud. Why can't she have a beer, too?

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2019: After a woman’s favorite Chinese food is delivered, she cracks open a Budweiser to enjoy some time to herself.

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1958: A woman pours her man a Bud while he fixes what looks like a rotary phone. Because he obviously can't pour one for himself.

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2019: A man and woman cheers each other while they appear to be moving into a new home. There’s also a nice big pizza on the floor that looks like delivery so it wasn’t cooked by the woman.

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1962: This one is really sexist. In this ad, the woman is in a bridal get up and thinking about how she married two men, the one that’s packing up their luggage for their honeymoon and his inner self that needs to feel “contented.” How can she make him feel fulfilled? By making “delicious dishes” complemented by the “best beer ever brewed.”

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2019: The headline says it all in this one: “She Found She Has it All.” The woman isn't fulfilled because she makes a mean pot roast for her husband, but because she has a diverse group of girlfriends and they love having a Bud together.

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Shanda Lynn Poitra was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. She lived there until she was 24 years old when she left for college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

"Unfortunately," she says, "I took my bad relationship with me. At the time, I didn't realize it was so bad, much less, abusive. Seeing and hearing about abusive relationships while growing up gave me the mentality that it was just a normal way of life."

Those college years away from home were difficult for a lot of reasons. She had three small children — two in diapers, one in elementary school — as well as a full-time University class schedule and a part-time job as a housekeeper.

"I wore many masks back then and clothing that would cover the bruises," she remembers. "Despite the darkness that I was living in, I was a great student; I knew that no matter what, I HAD to succeed. I knew there was more to my future than what I was living, so I kept working hard."

While searching for an elective class during this time, she came across a one-credit, 20-hour IMPACT self-defense class that could be done over a weekend. That single credit changed her life forever. It helped give her the confidence to leave her abusive relationship and inspired her to bring IMPACT classes to other Native women in her community.

I walked into class on a Friday thinking that I would simply learn how to handle a person trying to rob me, and I walked out on a Sunday evening with a voice so powerful that I could handle the most passive attacks to my being, along with physical attacks."

It didn't take long for her to notice the difference the class was making in her life.

"I was setting boundaries and people were either respecting them or not, but I was able to acknowledge who was worth keeping in my life and who wasn't," she says.

Following the class, she also joined a roller derby league where she met many other powerful women who inspired her — and during that summer, she found the courage to leave her abuser.

"As afraid as I was, I finally had the courage to report the abuse to legal authorities, and I had the support of friends and family who provided comfort for my children and I during this time," she says.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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