'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 133.

    Only in Britain. Everything here is taboo; can't see this, can't do that. Have a look at the difference in Europe (try banning the odd topless pic in France and see how far you get). While you're at it, compare the relative quality of life, lower crime rates, etc. etc...

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    Comment number 132.

    I wonder if all the people who say that's it's harmless would say that if it was their daughter or grandaughter on page 3.

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    Comment number 131.

    So we would all object to the press being censored by Government but are happy to accept censorship initiatives by a group too young to fully grasp the concept of the freedom of the press

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    Comment number 130.

    How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

    (Stroppy voice): Just one. And I don't see anything funny about that.

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    Comment number 129.

    Twitter barrage against the Sun’s owner, Rupert Murdoch: He says he's considering replacing the 42-year-old ploy with shots of “glamorous fashionistas”, who would likely keep their clothes on.
    Apparently, British & European titles added pinups decades ago to attract working-class males. Today, women make up @ 50% of readership.
    Column is dated. Sun should get out of soft-porn business.

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    Comment number 128.

    4.Drunken Hobo "I presume they're also calling for an end an end to all the sexist women's magazines too & their objectification of men?"

    No, that's going to come from the scouts:)

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    Comment number 127.

    Shouldn't the Guides be tackling sexism by admitting boys?

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    Comment number 126.

    I am no fan of the SUN and I never buy it. However, can we really go around banning things just because we don't like it? As far as I am aware Page 3 breaks no laws and females seem eager enough to pose for it. Likewise, SUN readers seem happy enough to buy it. If you don't want to see Page 3, then don't buy or look.

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    Comment number 125.

    Of course women have a right to model like that if they want to. This debate isn't about that. Not everyone wants to see naked women, and it's very out-of-place being in a paper like The Sun. I always found it embarrassing as a child seeing my parents reading The Sun and coming across that page. It's weird. Some people don't want to see it. It's tacky.

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    Comment number 124.

    Go back to listing to 1D and watching bearly clothed men and women on your pre-teen music channels. Word of advise if you don't like something don't buy it.

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    Comment number 123.

    Fair enough for the girl guides, if they want to protest then good for them. However, with the amount of porn freely available to all on the internet, page 3 is hardly the main protagonist anymore. What about BBC youth programmes that deliver a daily diet of sexualisation to a much wider audience ? At least with Murdoch you know what to expect, the BBC however is completely unaccountable.

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    Comment number 122.

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

    Ok Katie, I hereby call for the end of the institutionally sexist "girl" guides.

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    Comment number 121.

    Page 3 is "wrong" according to certain specific individuals. Personally, I think it isn't a good or positive thing, but you can't prevent the freedom of choice of the models or the people consuming the product.

    How do these people claiming it's "wrong" and that we need to censor it know that this is the case? Do they know with 100% certainty they are right? If not, let people act as they wish.

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    Comment number 120.

    I don't have any objection to women being free to choose...but I do fear that things like page three and mags such as NUTS as well as "reality" tv shows have produced a generation that think taking their clothes off or wearing very little is the fast track to "celebrity". Famous for 15 minutes? Thats famous for 15 seconds now..

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    Comment number 119.

    To be fair I think women's mags and gossip mags are more harmful than the page 3 girl. The page 3 girl is an attractive but very bored looking and un-sexy woman with a made up quote. Women's mags are full of diet and beauty with flawless women. Gossip mags point out any flaw or weight change in celebs that dare to leave the house looking less than perfect. These are much worse for self esteem.

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    Comment number 118.

    Oh dear BBC, judging from most of the comments here your knee jerk reactionist story seems to have backfired.

    I'm no fan of the SUN but the women are paid and its their choice at the end of the day.

    There's so much sexism in the advertising industry against both sexes now how about addressing that? Nope a too powerful lobby to do anything about that one.

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    Comment number 117.

    its odd that the people who complain about page 3 have never posed on page 3. I once worked with an ex page 3 girl who said it was the best time of her life. however, well meaning opponents are, they should speak and listen to the girls who make a living from this form of modelling

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    Comment number 116.

    What an insult to genuine Newspapers, that the Sun has been called one in this article, to me it has always been a comic, something I would never buy.

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    Comment number 115.

    How many girl guides buy the sun? Approximately none. And how many would buy it if they got rid of page 3? Still approximately none.

    Why shouldn't girls profit by selling pictures of their naked bodies? That's an asset they have that is sale-able. I could be wrong but I suspect most of the people (women) who are anti-page-3 are simply jealous of the page 3 girls good looks and chances in life.

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    Comment number 114.

    I find it curious that the issue of exposed breasts is somehow deemed to be more offensive by many in our culture than the depictions of war, violence and slaughter presented to us on a daily basis via the media, video games etc.


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