In a move certain to please Muslims and feminists, Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim Mayor of London, has argued for the banning of “unrealistic” scantily clad women from advertisements found on public transportation.
Khan believes the images could make women “ashamed of their bodies”
This comes after suspected Islamists took to painting over the images in question just five years ago.
The Muslim world has already banned images like these, and their ideology is slowly starting to creep further and further into the Western world.
Heiko Maas, the “progressive” Justice Minister of Germany, has recently promised to ban ads that “reduce women or men to sexual objects” as he attempts to create a “modern gender image”.
Khan agrees with him, saying, “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end.
“Nobody should feel pressurized, while they travel on the tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”
Graeme Craig, the commercial development director of Transport for London, said, “Advertising on our network is unlike TV, online and print media. Our customers cannot simply switch off or turn a page if an advertisement offends or upsets them and we have a duty to ensure the copy we carry reflects that unique environment.”
In April, there was an investigation by the UK’s advertising watchdog into “objectification and sexualisation of women in ads” driven by feminists who were “offended” on social media.
Ads featuring attractive women have already started to be banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), saying that such ads cause “offense, or harm”.
Censorship like this is bound to be the new norm, as the ASA believes it is “alive to changing attitudes and behaviors”.