'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 213.

    It wouldn't be so bad if they made blokes look equally vunerable. Go Guides, this stuff should have gone out with the Ark!

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    Comment number 212.

    208.deed02392
    So why did you make the argument you did then? And since we're on that tac...let's go back far enough when the naked form of both men and women were proudly displayed in public spaces as statues. Was is offensive then? Remove p3 by all means as it will make zero impact, but you damn well better make sure it's bottom of the pile after all the women's gossip magazines & fashion ind.

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    Comment number 211.

    I believe its all about having a CHOICE. You can CHOOSE to read a tabloid like The Sun or you can CHOOSE not to.

    Here's an idea, maybe move to somewhere lovely like North Korea or Iran. I hear they have such a great human rights track record in giving the people a CHOICE in what they are allowed to view or even say for that matter.

    Becareful for what you wish.

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    Comment number 209.

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    'I don't see a sun editors sticking a penis on page 3 any time soon.'
    I don't see naked women in the Sun on page 3 either. In the 80's the Sun did run a page 7 fella, it didn't last as it wasn't popular.

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    Comment number 208.

    @ResCyn The debate here is why is a so-called family newspaper a platform for displaying such things? There're plenty of more appropriate mediums for appreciating a good rack.

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    Comment number 207.

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    Perhaps you and your members might like to consider the word "adult", as you seem to be peddling the most mindless of childlike nonsense amongst to those girls in your stead.

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    Comment number 205.

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    You don't see a vagina on there either...

    Michaelangelo and classical art is the only valid form of flattery as well now is it? You forgot to say 'in your opinion'. I'm not particularly sying p3 is flattering but you know what? It's the women herself and not you or I that will decide if she feel flattered in whatever she decides to do.

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    Comment number 204.

    If a man said to the likes of Sam Fox, 'show us your ****', would that be acceptable? Probably not!

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    Comment number 203.

    Did the scouts sign?

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    Comment number 202.

    Don't like it just don't look at it, those girls who do it, make 150k a year and above...... who wouldn't do it, and they enjoy there work. If there was a gentlemen's equivalent of page 3, would girls be complaining seeing a muscular toned man, highly unlikely..... you wouldn't see a man complaining! its not degrading to women, enough said, this conversation is pointless.

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    Comment number 201.

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    "But it's the exhibition of young girl's breasts grinning at the camera in a sexually provocative way we're talking about here."

    Ha ha, have you ever seen a page 3 girl? They are attractive but they are about as far away from sexually provocative as you can get. It's amazing how they can be that un-sexy and almost naked.

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    Comment number 200.

    People are defending page 3 saying breastfeeding is a natural thing, the naked body is normal - sure. But it's the exhibition of young girl's breasts grinning at the camera in a sexually provocative way we're talking about here. Art forms such as the like of the statue of michelangelo is a tribute to the naked body, but I don't see a sun editors sticking a penis on page 3 any time soon.

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    Comment number 199.

    MKMAT

    We are not using children to voice our opinions. I am a member of the guiding association and I am 23. This survey was for members of girlguidinguk who are adult leaders.

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    Comment number 197.

    I wonder if a group of men called for the end of page three if the feministas would object??!??!

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    Comment number 196.

    193 - Page 3 doesn't have a picture of a naked woman on it either. It has a topless women bearing her breasts.

    Plenty of pictures with men with their tops off, including pre-water shed diet coke adverts that clearly and without a hint of irony, make men into sexual objects.

    Here men complain?




    No.




    Perhaps men are a little bit more grown up in that case.

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    Comment number 195.

    If you don't like what it contains, don't buy the Sun. I wouldn't dream of it.

    But, as for accusations of "sexism", the Guides obviously don't know the meaning of the word. Admiring someone of the opposite (or even the same) sex for their attractive physical appearance is almost the exact opposite of sexism.

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    Comment number 194.

    I can't understand feminists. What started out as the fight for women's right to vote, has been twisted into all types.

    There were feminist protests in the middle east, going topless.
    There were feminist protests about the right to dress like a slut, and not be treated like one.
    Here we are with those against toplessness.

    Like religion, It seems like "feminists" needs to diverge into sects.

 

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