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Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Ads to be Banned

Following a public consultation, CAP has today announced that ads will no longer be able to depict harmful gender stereotypes. (…) The new rule will come into force on 14 June 2019.

This change follows a review of gender stereotyping in ads by the ASA. The review found evidence suggesting that harmful stereotypes can restrict the choices, aspirations and opportunities of children, young people and adults and these stereotypes can be reinforced by some advertising, which plays a part in unequal gender outcomes.

(…) The evidence does not show that the use of gender stereotypes is always problematic and the new rule does not seek to ban gender stereotypes outright, but to identify specific harms that should be prevented.

CAP has published guidance to help advertisers stick to the new rule by providing examples of scenarios likely to be problematic in ads. For example:

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Maltesers “Look on the light side of disability”

A survey of 2,000 Brits found that 55 per cent think there aren’t more people with physical disabilities in ads because they ‘make people uncomfortable’, while 62 per cent say the same for those with mental disabilities. The second reason given was that people hadn’t been exposed enough to disabled communities.

Advertising has the opportunity to change that: the survey found that 63 per cent of those with physical disabilities think that seeing more disabled people in ads removes the stigma around their community, while five per cent wish that brands would be braver in showing ‘people like me’ in their ads.

Maltesers took an unprecedented step with their ad campaign (shown above) that featured disabled actors, but with mixed results. While the campaign proved to be the ‘most successful‘ advert for the brand in a decade and was widely praised for normalising disability, the ads have also garnered criticism for centring each storyline completely around the actor’s disability, rather than her other characteristics.

 

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Bus company pulls topless ‘ride me’ adverts after outcry

Cardiff bus adverts featuring topless models holding a placard saying ‘ride me all day for £3’ caused social media storm

A bus company has come under fire for promoting a new route with a poster on the back of its vehicles showing an apparently topless woman holding a sign saying “ride me all day for £3”.
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The adverts, by Cardiff-based New Adventure Travel, prompted outrage in the city and on social media. The company, which runs services in Cardiff and elsewhere in Wales, including school buses, was promoting the launch of a fleet of new buses for a cross-city service in Cardiff.

At 11.30am on Monday, just a few hours after the campaign first appeared, the company said the adverts would be withdrawn.

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‘Beach body ready’ tube ads to be taken down ahead of mass protest | Media | The Guardian

Protein World ‘beach body ready’ poster: the advertising watchdog has received more than 200 complaints. Photograph: Catherine Wylie/PA

A controversial ad campaign featuring a bikini-wearing model that asks “Are you beach body ready?” is to be removed from London Underground ahead of a planned mass protest this weekend.

Transport for London said the ads promoting Protein World weight-loss product will be replaced from Wednesday because they have come to the end of their three-week contract period. “It is coming to a natural end,” a spokesman said, adding that the campaign did not contravene TFL’s advertising standards.

The Transport for London spokesperson added: “This advertisement will begin to be removed from our network as scheduled from tomorrow.

Continue reading: ‘Beach body ready’ tube ads to be taken down ahead of mass protest | Media | The Guardian