I'm sorry to have to inform you, ladies, that advertisers of the 40's and 50's seem to have found far more female shortcomings to exploit than male ones.
Men's magazines like Esquire have only the barest minimum of ads trying to take advantage of potential male insecurities. I found only the occassional ad about thinning hair, for instance.
But women's magazines of the day were filled with images of embarrassed and discomforted females worrying about everything from girdle shape to dishpan hands.
So don't blame me that the rest of this week will focus pretty much exclusively on your real or imagined shortcomings, ladies. Blame Madison Avenue!