'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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    Comment number 113.

    If you don't think children should be exposed to page 3 -then stop your kids from looking at it.
    If you object "on principle" to seeing boobs - don't look or buy publications with boobs in.
    If you just want to control what I should be looking at - sod off .
    No- i don't take the Sun , I like news straight not just footy results .

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    Comment number 112.

    If you don't like page 3, then don't read the damn newspaper. Simples!

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    Comment number 111.

    So the girl guides want to send society back to the Victorian times where the merest hint of exposed flesh was frowned upon?

    So natural naked bodies bad?

    But unnatural violence good?

    Sorry girls,make it grass roots and police your own to not go into this kind of industry in the first place. Some women make a lot of money in this kind of industry and guess what? They aren't forced into it

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    Comment number 110.

    Ah the naked body. Something we all have in common. Why on earth this offends anyone has totally been beyond my comprehension for as as long as I can remember. I undertstand why people "think" nudity is offensive and that I find even more worrying and offensive. and you can add to that the mutilation caused to the human body by war implements.

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    Comment number 109.

    If the page 3 girls want to be topless, let them?

    By campaigning against such items, you are infact re-enforcing the sexual object factor to them. If everyone was naked, no one would care but the more we make something "forbidden" the more sexual in nature it would become.

    Plus women control us men with their sweater cows, it's not like we are in control of it!

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    Comment number 108.

    Seeing as the Guides is a sexist movement in itself, I think the weight of their argument is pretty thin. Anyway look at all the adverts, posters, billboards, magazines, soaps, lunchtime shows, MTV, MTV award shows, films etc etc etc that show naked and half naked blokes all the time. You don't hear men complaining all the time about the way they are portrayed.

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    Comment number 107.

    Just wondering how many of these Guides, on reaching the age of 18, would strip off after taking Murdoch's shilling.

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    Comment number 106.

    Still nobody has done anything about our media. They lied and insulted LGBT people, but apparently that's fine. they hounded Lucy Meadows to death and that's fine. Is there any hope for our country when it continues to be as immoral as immoral can be in high places so that all kinds of lies and deceit are allowed in our country, esp. within and by a recently departed leader.

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    Comment number 105.

    Strange so much criticism is leveled as this being the opinion of 'children' - the opinion poll was 88% of 2000 respondents aged 16 to 24!
    Are we really questioning the maturity of people in this age range to make informed decisions - if so then someone needs to tell Alex Salmond who wants to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to Vote Scotland out of the UK!

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    Comment number 104.

    If we're looking at this objectively, what do the cub scouts think?

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    Comment number 103.

    1. What were the polling questions? How were they weighted? Without that data, it is hard to give the poll credibility. This seems like top down policymaking.
    2. Seriously? Worrying about Page 3 in an age of mass internet pron. This seems bizarre.
    3. Is it really a good idea to set a precedent for pressure group lobbying to cause censorship of the press and other civil rights? I don't think so.

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    Comment number 102.

    Go Girl Guides! Intelligent, critical thinkers with an opinion that they aren't afraid to voice - those are the ladies we want to see in the next generation.

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    Comment number 101.

    Hiow about banning loose women from TV as what they do is sexist and embarassing. If men started making a program like that the feminists would be up in arms.
    As far as the page 3 girls go, they are adults and can choose to do what they want and have no need of children dictating to them what they can and can not do with their lives.

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    Comment number 100.

    I am a woman but I have no problem with seeing naked bodies and also of my children seeing them. We are born naked and should not be so worried about seeing something normal and healthy. The human body can be beautiful, celebrate it. In fact 'Womens' magazines crammed full of constant 'Lose 10lbs in a week' stories are probably far more damaging to our young girls than page 3 pics.

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    Comment number 99.

    Page Three girls are adult women. If they wish to bare their bodies it's up to them. Shouldn't folk be complaining about beauty pageants, where little girls are encouraged to wear makeup and display a degree of sexuality beyond their years? It makes me smile how many people call The Sun for its contents, yet they've obviously looked at the paper themselves to know what's in it!

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    Comment number 98.

    I have 'one word' to explain why Page 3 must stay. Iraq and Afganistan. Mr Murdoch donates copies of the Sun to our heroes fighting to bring civilisation to these troubled places,which not only brings a smile to our boys faces, who are 'just obeying orders', it also shows these foreign people the the high regard we have for women.Who knows, one day the 'Taliban Times' will have a page 3 girl.

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    Comment number 97.

    Ban the diet Coke adverts, it's disrespectful to men! I heard lots of women talking about Beckham's underwear ad and not because they liked his boxers. Come on girlguides get agrip, it works both ways! To me it seems as though girls have been brainwashed into thinking that men believe women are inferior, news flash, WE DON'T. The simple fact is that sex sells, especially to men, and it always will

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    Comment number 96.

    Page 3 - One of the few remaining non-PC things in the world today!

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    Comment number 95.

    At least the Sun's models are hidden away on Page 3, not plastered all over the front pages as with the silly women's magazines.

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