Tuesday, 15 January 2019

ADVERTISING Gillette toxic masculinity cuts deep

Gillette #MeToo ad on 'toxic masculinity' cuts deep with men's rights activists https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/15/gillette-metoo-ad-on-toxic-masculinity-cuts-deep-with-mens-rights-activists?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Sunday, 11 November 2018

BODY IMAGE male gaze turns inwards

Like women, men are now suffering in their pursuit of the ‘perfect’ body https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/11/men-suffer-as-much-as-women-in-their-pursuit-of-the-perfect-body?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

ASA love island hater

Breast enlargement ads shown during Love Island banned by ASA https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/oct/17/breast-enlargement-ads-shown-during-love-island-banned-by-asa?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Monday, 9 July 2018

PUBLIC OPINION social values shift radically

Survey finds UK is abandoning traditional views of gender roles https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/10/survey-finds-uk-is-abandoning-traditional-views-of-gender-roles?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ASA bans sexist stereotypes

Quite a remarkable idea - which could have a considerable impact, with ads a major element in the socialisation of most of us.
There is always a free speech objection though, and the issue of how this might limit humour.

Advertisements that perpetuate sexist stereotypes, from men bungling housework to girls being less academic than boys, will be banned under rules being proposed by the industry watchdog.The crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will toughen rules on ads that are deemed to present activities as only appropriate for one gender or another, or that mock those who do not conform to stereotypical gender roles.It will also toughen rules on ads that “body shame” young women after an outcry over Protein World’s controversial “Beach body ready” campaign, which was not banned despite a petition with 70,000 signatures claiming that its depiction of a bikini-clad model in an ad for a weight-loss product was socially irresponsible.The ASA’s proposals, outlined in a report conducted with research firm GfK, are part of an effort to address the portrayal of women in ads in particular.The project, which the watchdog considers the most comprehensive review of gender stereotyping anywhere in the world, follows a major crackdown on “airbrushing”, which has seen major beauty ads featuring stars such as Cara Delevingne, Natalie Portman, and Julia Roberts banned. It has also banned ads featuring “unhealthily thin” models.Its proposals will also clarify the existing code relating to ads that objectify or inappropriately sexualise women and girls.“Our review shows that specific forms of gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to harm for adults and children,” said Ella Smillie, lead author of the report.“Such portrayal scan limit how people see themselves, how others see them, and limit the life decisions they take. Tougher standards in the areas we’ve identified will address harms and ensure that modern society is better represented.”

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Young female action characters given little or no dialogue

Audiences, especially young, female viewers, deserve to see pre-teen heroines who are as complex as the countless boys we see in movies and TV shows every year. There are so few female characters, particular kids and teens, who are allowed to be strong and smart and determined — why should the ones we have only be defined by their physical prowess, when they have the potential for so much more? Seeing these girls be as badass in action scenes as boys have for years is great, no question, but we shouldn't have to settle for just that. [Bustle]
Wonder Woman is being widely treated as heralding a breakthrough on the glass ceiling females face in the action genre (I'm not so sure - the costume ...), with a number of other high profile roles building on this narrative.

Rachel Simon, writing for Bustle, argues that these roles remain limited and limiting in what they say about equality - fundamentally, these female roles are near-mute, the characters are given very limited voice, sticking with traditional sexist roles:

The quietness of these girls doesn't detract from the power of their actions, but, as Yoshida pointed out, it is frustrating; their lack of communication takes away from their complexities as characters, and as such, they become completely defined by their bold, often violent behaviors, rather than simply enhanced by them. Yes, it's progressive and important to see young girls kicking butt on-screen, but if they can't speak for themselves or have fully-developed personalities like their male counterparts, then something's clearly wrong. And it's even more damaging when, like in Planet of the Apes, the tiny heroine is one of the only female characters to appear on-screen at all; dozens of male characters get to speak freely, but the only girl featured at all doesn't get to say a single word.