Crackdown on sexist ads outlaws bad female driver and inept dad commercials

More than 70,000 people signed a petition calling for the removal of this Protein World poster from the London Underground in 2015.

London (CNN)Depictions of girls as less academic than boys or men being belittled for "unmanly" behavior will be soon be a thing of the past in British commercials.

The new rules, announced Friday by advertising watchdog the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), ban companies from including "gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offense" in their ads on TV, radio, websites and in print.

Problematic adverts

    Advertisers will have to tread carefully in scenarios the watchdog cites as problematic. These include commercials that show a man with his feet up while a woman cleans; a man or woman failing at a task because of their gender; suggestions that a person's physique has held them back from romantic or social success; or a man being belittled for performing stereotypically "female" tasks.
    The change will come into force on June 14, 2019, following a review by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) -- a regulator that administers the advertising codes issued by CAP.