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Banning Stereotypes One At The Time

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  1. 10thSFFD

    10thSFFD NES Member

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    UK bans gender stereotypes in ads | DW | 14.06.2019

    Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) chief executive Guy Parker told the BBC: "Our evidence shows how harmful gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to inequality in society, with costs for all of us. Put simply, we found that some portrayals in ads can, over time, play a part in limiting people's potential."

    Examples of commercials that will be affected include an advert with a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, as well as another with a woman struggling to park a car.

    However, not all are in agreement with the ban. Newspaper columnist Angela Epstein thinks that society has become "over-sensitive."

    She told the BBC: "There's a lot of big things we need to fight over - equality over pay, bullying in the workplace, domestic violence, sexual harassment - these are really big issues that we need to fight over equally."

    Epstein continued: "But when you chuck in the fact that women are doing the dishes [in advertisements], it's not in the same sphere. When we lump it all together and become desensitized, we devalue those important arguments we need to have."

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    So men are no longer going to be portrayed as moronic oafs with their vastly intellectually superior wives making all the critical decisions?
     
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    Fresh story for you:
    Boston lady, very active on the internet in Moms section. Problem; She did not have any kids of her own. Boston lady decided to adopt girl and boy. They both came from a foster home where they did take good care of them. They are 6 and 7 years old. I met the new family last month. Girl looked like a girl, boy was wearing a dress. I was told it is called a gender neutrality. I have asked brand new Mom if she ever listened to Johnny Cash. She is young, she has no clue who Johnny Cash was, she is a follower not a leader........This is where they think the future should be!

    + this:
    Tolerance in Thailand: Confronting Reality in a Transgender Paradise - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
    When she made the decision to transition, her mother immediately supported her, Tanwarin says. Later, her mother even recommended that she wear more stylish dresses.

    Tanwarin is wearing a laced skirt and Chucks, a digital watch and lipstick. She has also -- again, thanks to her mother's support -- managed to work her way up to become the first transgender member of Thailand's parliament. And in many ways, she embodies a culture that is seemingly the envy of many in the West.

    The Buddhist kingdom appears to have achieved something that remains something of a distant dream in Europe. Whereas in the EU, every second transgender person says they have been the victim of verbal abuse or violence, kathoey and ladyboys, as members of the transgender community are referred to in Thailand, encounter relatively few problems in public.
     
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    For young activists, a new cause: period parity - The Boston Globe
    “Everything else we do for human body function for public health and hygiene reasons — we provide those products for free,” said Stone, pointing to toilet paper, soap, toilet seat covers, paper towels, and even urinal cakes. Not so, pads or tampons.

    For some, it’s a radical shift of perspective.

    “Why can’t they just bring their own? Do we have to do everything?” a male constituent at a senior center groused to state Representative Jeffrey Roy, a Franklin Democrat.

    “I turned to him and said, ‘Bill, do you have toilet paper and hand towels in your pocket right now?’ ” Roy recounted.

    Roy, one of several male politicians in Massachusetts sponsoring period parity bills, argues that menstrual products shouldn’t be treated any differently. “It’s an idea whose time has come,” he said.

    “This is the first time I think in Massachusetts that we’re really seeing more momentum around the conversation around menstrual equity,” said Sasha Goodfriend, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women, which is pushing a bill on Beacon Hill.

    The period parity logic challenges age-old assumptions about whose necessities are really necessary — and the howl-worthy implication of many states’ sales tax codes that tampons are not necessities but “luxury” items. (Though the “tampon tax” makes for lovely alliteration, there is no tax specific to menstrual products; it merely means that menstrual products aren’t exempt from sales tax as necessities, like food.).

    Lawmakers already have done away with the tampon tax in Illinois, New York, Florida, and Connecticut and the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C. In November, Nevada voters statewide supported a ballot measure to end it.

    When Weiss-Wolf’s book was published in October 2017, the #MeToo movement was taking off, and her issue seemed “so small compared to that tidal wave of activity and anger,” she said in an interview. But she watched the movements run along parallel paths.

    “What we learned in #MeToo is that this is what a fully dystopian society looks like when our needs and our stories go fully unacknowledged by the powers that be,” Weiss-Wolf said.

    With fellow attorney Laura Strausfeld, Weiss-Wolf successfully challenged the tampon tax in New York state — exempting menstrual products from the state’s 4 percent sales tax — and created a nonprofit advocacy organization called Period Equity.

    Now, they’re partnering with the MIT Media Lab on the hackathon, in the hopes of laying the groundwork for the coordinated campaign to repeal the tampon tax, now levied in 35 states.

    Though a sales tax is a relatively a small price to pay each month, it’s one that non-menstruators (previously known as men) will never pay, creating a point of contention for feminists keenly attuned to gender inequities right now. Menstrual products also can’t be purchased with food stamps, and low-income students who can’t afford them sometimes skip school rather than risk embarrassment, advocates say.

    “Girls shouldn’t be worrying about their periods. They should be worrying about their educational experience,” Caroline Williams, an 18-year-old recent Medway High School graduate, testified at the State House last week.
     
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    Come on, get real!
    Men will still be oafs....
    transgender dual spirited moonbeams will be elevated now
     
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    sounds great
     
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    There is nothing the UK does that doesn't suck. Ello wel'um to cuck island.
     
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    So stuff like this isn't politically correct anymore ???

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