According to a survey published by Mediaprism in November 2012 for the Laboratoire de l’égalité (equality laboratory), 56% of women and 34% of men feel they come into contact with sexist behaviour on a daily basis. (1) How can we explain this persistence of gender stereotypes? Who can be held responsible? What measures should be taken to fight against sexism? How can we make both the public and brands aware of the issues caused by stereotypes?
The media world receives sexism accusations
The majority of participants in this study believe the media are particularly responsible for the persistence of stereotypes. In fact 67% of them are in favour of a watchdog committee who would be responsible for ensuring that television ads do not reflect gender stereotypes. Nearly 8 out of 10 participants also believe that both public and private television should join the fight against stereotypes.
« Let’s start by saying this: the modern sport was invented in the last quarter of the nineteenth century by men, for men » Here is the observation that the reporter Fabienne Broucaret exposes in her book, published in June 2012, ‘Le sport, dernier bastion du sexisme’.
Physical qualities qualified as masculine have been widely emphasized in sport: exacerbated muscles, the cult of performance, competition, etc…An organization marked by “machismo” results from this fact: there is low coverage of women’s sports, usually male leaders in athletic institutions, substantial wage differences…
At the end of 2009, Apple announced that it was launching the iPad in the United States and the rest of the world. In 2010, Samsung entered this promising market with its Galaxy Tab, Sony followed in 2011 with the Sony Tablet. The tablet extends the possibilities for surfing, online shopping and web searches.
Four years after the launch of the first tablet, the French, in particular, adopted this innovation with a penetration rate of 10%, about 3 million French households. (1) Both men and women have been tempted by this innovative medium. In fact, the distribution of the iPad is homogeneous across men and women since 2 million women are equipped with a tablet, the same rate as for men. (2)
According to Gartner, U.S. Consulting and Research Company in the field of advanced technology, the growth of tablet sales should be exponential in the coming years. Between 2012 and 2017, PC sales are expected to decline by 20.4% in the world to reach 271.612 million units, while tablet sales will reach nearly 468 million units. (3)