Have you recently read something in the press so sexist it made you want to set your own nose hair on fire? We completely understand, we urge you instead to perhaps give those responsible a piece of your mind. Please see details below.

The Press

Should you wish to complain about a story in a newspaper or on a newspaper’s website or social media feed, contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO – link and details below).


Should you wish to complain about an advert or promotion/editorial piece in a newspaper or on a newspaper’s website or social media feed (or indeed anywhere) contact the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA – link and details below).



IPSO is the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

The ‘Editor’s Code of Practice’ is linked here. Particularly relevant to us is section 12:

12.   Discrimination

i)  The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s, race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.

ii)  Details of an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental  illness or disability must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story.

To make a complaint visit their website click here.

You can contact them with a complaint about:

  • Articles;
  • Images (including video);
  • Audio material on newspaper and magazine websites;
  • Readers’ letters;
  • Edited or moderated reader comments on newspaper and magazine websites.

IPSO also takes complaints about the physical behaviour of journalists. This includes:


  • Refusing requests to stop taking photographs or asking questions;
  • Using hidden cameras to obtain material;
  • Failing to be sensitive when dealing with cases involving grief and shock;
  • Failing to obtain the proper consent before speaking to children or individuals in hospital or similar institutions.

ASA Advertising Standards Authority

ASA is the Advertising Standards Agency.

To make a complaint visit their website click here.
The ASA deal with:

The types of ads we deal with include:

  • Magazine and newspaper advertisements
  • Radio and TV commercials (not programmes or programme sponsorship)
  • Television Shopping Channels
  • Advertisements on the Internet, including:
    • banner and display ads
    • paid-for (sponsored) search
    • Marketing on companies’ own websites and in other space they control like social networking sites Twitter and Facebook
  • Commercial e-mail and SMS text message ads
  • Posters on legitimate poster sites (not fly posters)
  • Leaflets and brochures
  • Cinema commercials
  • Advertising within smartphone and tablet apps
  • Direct mail (advertising sent through the post and addressed to you personally)
  • Door drops and circulars (advertising posted through the letter box without your name on)
  • Ads on CD ROMs, DVD and video, and faxes
  • Sales promotions, such as special offers, prize draws and competitions wherever they appear.


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