'Take bare boobs out of the Sun' urge Guides

 
Katie Wormald Katie Wormald organising the poll: "One clear step to reducing everyday sexism."

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The half-million strong Girlguiding movement has added its voice to a campaign to persuade the Sun newspaper to drop its Page Three topless pin-up.

It has signed a petition urging Sun editor Dominic Mohan "to finally take bare boobs out of The Sun".

Girlguiding UK signed the No More Page Three petition after a poll of members.

"I believe it is wrong for women to be reduced to mere sexual objects in a family newspaper," said guide Katie Wormald, 17, whose idea the vote was.

The online poll of more than 2,000 guides aged between 16 and 25 took place last month. Some 88% said they believed the Sun should end Page Three.

The Guides have now adopted the campaign to end Page Three as official policy.

"Children shouldn't grow up thinking that this is the norm and that it is right. Young girls shouldn't grow up thinking that they will achieve more by being sexually objectified," added Katie.

"Also it is one clear step to reducing the amount of everyday sexism in our society."

Miss Wormald is one of Girlguiding's Advocates, a group of guides who help the movement decide how best to give girls a voice on issues affecting their lives.

In a letter emailed to Mr Mohan on Monday the group writes: "We know that the Sun is a family newspaper.

"Anyone can pick it up and turn to page three and think that it is normal for young women to be treated as objects.

'Iconic' sexism

"We feel that this is just wrong and has to stop.

"As a young woman in UK society, it is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you are not the same as your male equivalent.

"This is what Page Three does. It is disrespectful and embarrassing."

The letter is signed by Katie and fellow guides Bijal, Lauren, Lucy, Victoria and Amy.

Campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes, who runs the No More Page Three campaign said: "It's absolutely brilliant that Girlguiding's young members have voted to support our campaign to bring an end to the most iconic piece of sexism in our national press.

"We have heard too many stories of how Page Three negatively impacts on young women and girls, either because of boys' reactions to it or girls' own feelings about their bodies and self-worth caused by being presented with such narrow definitions of beauty on a daily basis."

Before the Guides backed the campaign the petition had attracted just under 90,000 signatures. Their support will give it a significant boost.

A spokeswoman for the Sun said it currently had no plans to comment on the letter. However the paper's owner Rupert Murdoch in February hinted on Twitter that Page Three might be replaced with a "halfway house" of "glamorous fashionistas".

He was responding to a tweet which said: "Seriously, we are all so over page three - it is so last century!"

Murdoch replied: "You maybe [sic] right, don't know but considering."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 73.

    I get confused. Do women want the rights to earn money and display themselves however they want to the world or do they want to be censored? These women aren't being forced at gunpoint they choose to do this for a living, and good on them. If you don't like it don't buy it. What if I started a petition to end the girl guides because it excludes boys? Its the same difference is it not?

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    Comment number 72.

    I forgot to add to my comment #54, I agree there should be better role models out there but at the end of the day, not everyone would aspire to be a page 3 models. Look at the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics and how well some of the females did there.

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    Comment number 71.

    Most of them are so covered in makeup could just as well wear clothing.

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    Comment number 70.

    Good on the Guides for this. I wish them all success. But I don't know how you could describe the Sun, a despicable rag, as either "family" or "newspaper".
    We should be teaching our youngsters to value & respect themselves & others as people, not as objects to gain for selfish gratification, or to be comdemned for not conforming to a very narrow body stereotype.

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    Comment number 69.

    Why do people always try to control what others do or read?! If you dont like it dont read it simple, stop trying to regulate everything.

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    Comment number 68.

    Or better yet, get rid of The Sun all together!

    If only....

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    Comment number 67.

    OMG just who cares?

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    Comment number 66.

    I dont buy the sun and never have as like most papers its full of rubbish but the page 3 girls get paid alot of money for using what they have I know its naked flesh and not like an accountant uses Numerical skills or a footballer with their skills but taking it off robs these girls of income. They are not being used no one forces them to do it, let the girls earn there money:)

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    Comment number 65.

    @56 Charlie1902

    We live in a world where everyone i.e. men as well as women are judged on how they look, we always have been and we always will be. It doesn't matter how intelligent or charismatic you are, you will always be judged on how you visually present yourself to the public. If you honestly think otherwise then you're deluded.

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    Comment number 64.

    Why don't they write directly to the Sun page 3 girls asking them not to take off their clothes any more? Surely they should be trying to change female attitudes about displaying their bodies for profit? I'd like to hear the answers of page 3 girls when challenged about this.

    The Sun, a terrible newspaper as it is, is well within its rights to publish anything it wants.

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    Comment number 63.

    This 'debate' has been running for eons now and the same old exploitation of women & glorifying unobtainable beauty which makes girls depressed comes around again! I will be lambasted for this but I always find the loudest advocates of this tend to look as though they have fallen down a certain tree & hit all the branches coming down, jealousy....?

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    Comment number 62.

    Sorry, just wondering what the readership of the Sun is? How many Girl Guides buy it on a daily basis?? Oh none you say......??

    I think I might start a petition to ban News Round. I don't ever watch it but I find it degrading to adult focused news programs due to the watered down nature of the journalism!

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    Comment number 61.

    The Girl Guides should be targeting the Sun itself, its other content is far more harmful and objectionable than a pair of breasts. Mindless, vehement feminism affecting impressionable young girls in a supposedly innocent and enlightening environment.

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    Comment number 60.

    Obviously men and women will always consume pornography, stopping page three will not stop this - and this is not the point of the campaign. The problem with page three is that it is so readily available - and children are exposed to it in the home. This makes it "normal" for women to expose themselves and the sends the message to children that women can only be valued for taking their clothes off

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    Comment number 59.

    I think I might take the Guides a little more seriously if they weren't likening The Sun to a serious "news" paper!

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    Comment number 58.

    Men like looking at naked women and will pay for it. The Sun knows this and it's probably one of the few things keeping the paper in sales because people don't buy papers any more.

    But objectification? People objectify each other constantly, I'm yet to be convinced it's harmful. Perhaps the scouts should campaign for diet coke ads to be banned?

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    Comment number 57.

    I smell a rat ! Somewhere behind this there is a parent with an issue who is using these girls to make a point. Isn't that exploitation ?

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    Comment number 56.

    How can women be equal to men when they are relegated to being rated by their looks and not character or intelligence by one of the biggest selling 'news' papers in the UK?
    It's all good fun until girls start valuing themselves based on their looks and resigning themselves to being judged on their appearances.

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    Comment number 55.

    The Guides are quite right. There should be better role models for young women.Page 3 is so 1970's. If the Sun continues I hope they wont discriminate and allow people like me with only one breast on Page 3 - that would more than take sex angle out of the page - no I thought not. Still it is a Murdoch paper!

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    Comment number 54.

    I got sent a questionnaire via e-mail to fill out about this because I'm part of Girlguiding and I'm between 16-25 (24 to be exact). I don't like women displaying themselves on Page 3, but at the end of the day - that's their job. If people don't like it, don't look at it. I didn't fill out the questionnaire because it's a waste of our time that could be put to better use.

 

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