'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 193.

    Prudes. My only objection to Page Three is that Page Four doesn't have a naked man on it. To varying degrees we are all sexual beings. There should be no shame in not only admitting it, but celebrating it. That a person's intellect and talents should be celebrated, but their physical beauty kept under wraps, is the opinion of a hypocrite and a dullard.

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    Comment number 192.

    It's a good start.

    We have a long way to go though, talk about moral and cultural decline of a nation.

    Kids beauty parlours, adverts that show men as incompetent oafs while women's worth is entirely quantified on their ability to dye grey hair or how many wrinkles they can hide. Where a nation's aspirations reside in getting on x-factor or boasting how much you can drink in a weekend.

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    Comment number 191.

    Now we need a poll of builders to see how many of them want to stay.

    Is this REALLY newsworthy? I mean depending upon who you poll, you can get the answer you want....

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    Comment number 190.

    Fine ban page 3. But remember this the guides will graduate and spend a year on the dole before getting a job paying £10k a year. A topless model will start of on £130 per hour, possibly earn £30k in the first year and like Abi Titmus may earn a cool million at the height of popularity. Most page 3 girls tend to invest that as they retire early. Pretty savvy, eh?

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 188.

    @ 169

    You're right, much better you teach your kids xenophobic attitudes towards British people than about nudity

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    Comment number 187.

    Has anyone asked the Boy Scouts in the same age group what they think?

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    Comment number 186.

    Woman's lib has gone too far in areas like this and should stick to equal rights issues such as employment. Pictures like these don't objectify women but rather shows them as desirable, beautiful and independent. You can be physically desirable without being an object. Guides should be playing games, hiking, etc - not spearheading censorship campaigns. I've no problems with my kids them.

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    Comment number 185.

    Well I think it's wrong that boobs have been reduced to mere sexual objects in a "family" newspaper. Not only will this set back "breastfeeding in public" a few decades but there's also the inherent sexism of thinking boys/men can't control themselves because of a photo of boobs. What next, covering up the chair legs? I also think Pg3 is inappropriate, not because it's sexist, it's just not sexy

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    Comment number 184.

    Breasts are not news - of course page three should be ended.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 182.

    Page 3, although a bit tacky and old-fashioned, isn't quite as offensive as hacking into the phone of a dead teenager.

    Roll on September 2013, and a certain high profile court case.....

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    Comment number 181.

    1. 88% of 2,000 guides=1760 out of 500,000 total guides (0.352%)
    2. Word object is being confused. Not in the sense of "a thing", but in the sense of "recipient of" - in this case desire/appreciation
    3. Amounts to nothing less than chauvinism against men.

    The idea that men are unable to appreciate women's bodies AND their minds is insulting. The guides should be ashamed of this blatant sexism

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    Comment number 180.

    Boob jobs were banned from page 3 years ago, and you're never going to see a size zero model or a close up on some celeb's celutlite or some other rubbish there either, so not sure where you get that impression from. The hordes of mags dedicated to girls/women are far cruler and more offensice than anythign on page 3 - and they're by women for women!

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    Comment number 179.

    The biggest "boob" in The Sun is Rupert Murdoch ;-)

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    Comment number 178.

    @174. JLA84
    "Teenage girls, now more than ever are subjected to the notion of over sexualisation and body perfection."

    I agree with, but this is not due to page 3. This pressure comes from women's magazines and gossip columns. Airbrushed adverts where the person is stick thin but strangely shows no ribs. Porn gets the blame, but as said earlier they show a greater range of figures than fashion.

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    Comment number 176.

    30 Minutes ago
    Well done girls!!!

    Afterall page 3 promotes prominscuity is only a few steps away from prostitution
    How would you know, are you an ex P3 prostitute?

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    Comment number 175.

    @111.Shoogly Peg

    Have we entered some strange parallel universe, that's two days in a row I've agreed with you.


    "as this being the opinion of 'children' - the opinion poll was 88% of respondents aged 16 to 24 Are we really questioning the maturity of people in this age range to make informed decisions"

    Yes, Yes, thrice yes. Alex Salmond is no fool, he does what is in His interest..

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    Comment number 174.

    It might be a bit of a joke to some but as someone who has a thirteen year old sister, it's not. Teenage girls, now more than ever are subjected to the notion of over sexualisation and body perfection. Its horrifying to think that some young girls regard a boob job as having a higher value than education.


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