Sex and the single market

Richard Laming

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 26 June 2003

The latest proposal from the European Commission to ban “sexist” advertising is exactly the kind of thing that the European Union should not do.

Europe is nothing if not a culturally diverse continent, and the varying treatment of men and women is an important part of that diversity. It would be wrong to try and harmonise that treatment, or even the depiction of that treatment on TV.

Previously there was a proposal for a European directive prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. Again, completely the wrong thing for Brussels to do.

Before all my female acquaintances refuse to speak to me again, let me explain.

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