In this section we bring you news articles that we have been reading.
The UK is Cracking Down on Ads that Reinforce Gender Stereotypes
The United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority announced that it will toughen rules on ads that are deemed to play into sexist stereotypes or “body shame” women. New guidelines will be issued in 2018 to combat the negative effects of sexist advertising. The ASA’s newly published report states that gender stereotypes have the “potential to cause harm by inviting assumptions about adults and children that might negatively restrict how they see themselves and how others see them.”
Washington to Begin Alerting Domestic Abuse Victims if their Abuser Tries to Buy a Gun
Starting July 23, licensed gun dealers will be required to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs when someone fails a background check. They are then required to inform anyone with court protection orders against the applicant. In 2013 and 2014, over half of the guns involved in domestic-violence deaths were owned by people who were not allowed to have them. The purpose of the bill is to give survivors of domestic abuse the ability to plan for their safety and the safety of the people around them. In 2014, more than 1,600 women nationwide were murdered by men, and more than 90 percent knew their assailant. The most common murder weapon being a gun.
Study: College Football Games Increase Rape at Schools
According to the a study from the American Economic Journal, game days at big college football schools cause an increase in reports of rape. Analyzed data estimates that games at the most elite level of college football resulted in more than 700 additional rapes each year. And those are the rapes that are actually reported. The increase in rape cases can be contributed to the party culture that surrounds athletic events.
Rio Slave Wharf Becomes Heritage Site
The Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro operated for three centuries and became the biggest entry point for African slaves in Brazil, nearly a million slaves entered the wharf. Slave trade in Brazil was banned in 1831, but continued illegally until 1888. Afterwards the space was used as a landfill and eventually became a public square.