'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 293.

    If you're even reading the Sun to begin with, then page 3 is the least of your worries.

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    Comment number 292.

    I dont suppose my opinion will carry much weight because too much money is invested in this subject but perhaps SEX should be put in its place as a normal activity like sleeping, walking (an element of choice about it) and stop using it in any way as a means of exploiting men or women. Its a money making business instead of a normal part of life. Just cut out the business.

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    Comment number 291.

    And while they are at it I find it offensive to have to watch the blatantly sexist 'Diet Coke' adds which portrays woman lusting and leering at blokes removing their tops to reveal bodies which balding old geezers like me could never attain

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    Comment number 290.

    Women are fair, beautiful and will always be subject to men/women who find their form attractive, people will enjoy perusal of their bodies in any media as well as real life. Getting a pair of knockers off page 3 will not change our nature.

  • Comment number 289.

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

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    Comment number 288.

    @284 & @279 Not it's not illegal, that's why there's a campaign for them to simply take it out. Not ban. Not censor. Just stop objectifying women in the most widely circulated newspaper in the country. You see that it is sexist that in this family newspaper the largest picture of a woman is a naked one? This is just one step against everyday sexism. @284 FYI TOWIE is on after the watershed.

  • Comment number 287.

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    Comment number 286.

    Why do so many people think it's ok to ban anything they don't like? If it's causing harm to others then ban it, if it isn't then mind your own business. They don't have to read The Sun if they don't want to, so why force their views onto everyone else?

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    Comment number 285.

    So.. freedom & capitalism are our ultimate social values? Slavery operated in a free market until one society was too disgusted by the practice to allow it to continue. Capitalism just allows anything to become a commodity.

    There's no difference between one kind of porn and another - all involve exploitation for another's sexual gratification. No consent or payment make this less degrading.

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    Comment number 284.

    @277 Many of the girl guides proberbly took part in the poll from a laptop while watching a music video in which many semi naked men dance around a scantaly dressed pop star or mabye they were watching TOWIE or Gordie Shore (Which having a younger sister I have been subjected to) is just as bad or even more sexualised

  • rate this
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    Comment number 283.

    Scouts are forced to accept women and the sexist girl guides object to something that is not sexist in favour of them.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 282.

    I grew up in a relatively strict household but inadvertent exposure to Page 3 didn't make me sexist or misogynistic. Banning Page 3 is very wrong; It is part of British heritage.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 281.

    "Why is a nice girl guide like you reading a paper like this ?"

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    Comment number 280.

    275. SD67 "so your one of the men who does then? Does your other half know?"

    I don't really have an 'other half' at the moment, but a my current lover does indeed know and also enjoys porn herself. It's really not the taboo it used to be and I know many couples who watch the stuff, either separately or together. Many don't, or keep it private, of course.

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    Comment number 279.

    @277. Yes, it's about the newspaper, nothing else. But in a free society, if it's not illegal, it's about what appeals to their target audience and makes them money.

    If campaigners aren't the target audience then it's not going to make a difference what they want.

    If campaigners try to force the issue by trying to make it illegal, it's less about the newspaper and more about censorship law.

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    Comment number 278.

    @268 Cecren
    'So much for women's equality & dignity'
    Funny how something is only sexist because a woman says it is. Women are not the only ppl in porn, your world view is very blinkered and the fact you are compareing page 3, which no one is forced into, to child abuse is shallow and disgusting.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 277.

    A lot of male commenters are missing the point. The campaign is not against all soft porn, nor are they against "female beauty" or whatever you want to defend it as. The campaign is about removing the objectification of women from the most widely circulated NEWSpaper in the country. Not from a top shelf magazine, the internet, nor beaches. From this newspaper only. It is archaic.

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    Comment number 276.

    I feel it is my duty to keep abreast on things.

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    Comment number 275.

    266@Ernie, so your one of the men who does then? Does your other half know?

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    Comment number 274.

    The Sun is considered to be a "news"-paper - you can read it in the office, on public transport etc... without anyone noticing. Thus, e.g, my first job age 17 as sole female apprentice required making myself invisible every morning break time so that I didn't cause any upset while my colleagues drooled over p.3. Lets give today's Guides a more civilised and fairer society to live in.

 

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