Britain Bans Ads With ‘Harmful Gender Stereotypes’
Article from Reason by Billy Binion.
Men can’t cook, and women are bad at sports. Those stereotypes are just two of many that, as of last week, are illegal in British advertisements.
Indeed, the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) instituted a ban on gender stereotypes “that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence.” According to the ASA’s overview, setups that will likely be in violation of the law include but are not limited to
The ban was implemented following an ASA review which concluded that stereotypical depictions pave the way for “real-world psychological, physical, economic, social and political harm for individuals and groups.” Specifically, it mentions that the media portrayals may influence which toys children play with, “which can have long-term impacts.” In adults, a stereotypically feminine rendering of women’s roles can decrease their “motives and ambition, attitudes to involvement in politics, performance on maths tests and preferences for leadership roles.”
Certain scenarios are exempt from the new law. An ad may depict “a woman doing the shopping” or “a man doing DIY,” so long it is not presented in a light deemed insulting by the ASA. It also permits gender stereotypes when the ad explicitly challenges them.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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I bet that more than a few people in Britain would like for Brexit to include the British government in the separation movement.
They’re on the highway to hell? all because they can’t see the harm caused by nutjob liberals and they’re special LGBTQ & radical feminist organizations around the world. God help them
Amen! It’s ridiculous.
Britain seems paralyzed against the headlong plunge into total insanity. It seems unable to differentiate between the business of government and the business of the private sector. Perhaps Britain should rid itself of the yoke of royalty, however shattered it was by World War One and however weak it is now. I don’t know what’s going on inside Britain but it has been among our best allies for at least 150 years and seems to have surrendered common sense to outside forces and obsessions, e.g., EU, unfettered immigration, gun and knife control.
I do not care to ready an article put together by a mentally ill person!! This person is “as nutty as a fruitcake”!!
I guess nobody can take a joke anymore.
I do not believe that anyone in the UK cares a dam about what the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are trying to impose on the country! Viva free speech!
These days, Great Britain seems something of the vanishing past, it seemingly being no longer even fair.
Our world has officially gone nuts.
Britain is working its way into becoming a repressive police state. This is a disgusting abandonment of the longstanding tradition, going back centuries, of protection for civil rights.
This B.S. dooms nations!
What are they trying to do? Regulate our lives from birth to funeral? Regulation, regulation leads to freedom’s dissipation!
Another reason to not visit England, they might ban breathing while you visit.