Sexism in AI & Advertising
Do the AI and advertising industries have a gender bias problem? It’s an issue that’s been brought to attention numerous times, but all too often these conversations are dismissed and soon forgotten.
While gender bias may not always appear overt, sexism still exists within the AI and advertising industries, and we need to tackle this to achieve gender inclusivity.
Discrimination in Advertising
Think back to advertising in the 1950s. Women were depicted as perfect housewives, sexy, slim, with perfect hair and makeup. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ communities and people with disabilities were nowhere to be seen.
Today, representation in online advertising has changed dramatically. However, that’s not to say that sexism, homophobia, and racism have vanished from advertising – they just aren’t quite so obvious.
Is the Internet Truly Accessible?
Every day, around 500,000 new websites are created globally. And the vast majority of them are “inaccessible”, which prevents the world’s one billion disabled people – 15% of the global population – from enjoying an easy online experience.
And while the trend is for cleverly designed websites, with bright colours and brand-defining fonts, following that trend means excluding a large number of potential customers.