The Tampax and Tea ad was banned in July as a result of only 84 complaints. It is maddening to think that anyone could call Tampons and Tea demeaning to women yet have no issue with the majority of unrealistic adverts for menstrual products.
Survival of the richest: As Brazil’s COVID death toll mounts, its president celebrates his own recovery.
Brazil has been devastated by over 2 million Coronavirus cases and more than 90,000 deaths, second only to the United States. In spite of these alarming figures the country’s far right president Jair Bolsonaro has regularly dismissed the severity of the disease, calling it a “little flu”, and boasting that his athletic background would save him from becoming seriously ill should he contract the virus. Bolsonaro was later held to this claim on 7 July when the president tested positive for COVID-19.
Police brutality in the United States has been making global headlines recently. However, despite receiving only a fraction of the media attention, a similar phenomenon is currently wreaking havoc on Brazilian society.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advocated for the wearing of face coverings in public spaces; a minor inconvenience that we should all be willing to endure for the benefit of those around us. In the United States, however, this has not been so easy a sacrifice for many within the Black community, who have expressed fear that covering their face in public could exacerbate racial profiling.
Likened in scale to major historic occurrences such as the 1918 flu pandemic and World War II, most of us today assume that Covid-19 will be the most dramatic event to take place in our lifetimes. While many agree that the pandemic has evidenced many societal flaws, by shining a spotlight on inequality, a crisis is always accompanied by an opportunity for improvement. Therefore, envisaging the aftermath of coronavirus, we as a society may hope that this collective experience will bring about many positive changes.