'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 333.

    The page three girl gets paid for her artistic poses.
    The photographer, make-up artists and studio all benefit.

    The Sun reporters may have difficulty thinking up a good story to fill the space the size of the missing photograph.

    Alternatively the newspaper could be sold with an alternative Centre Page Supplement ANY reader could accept or DECLINE.

    Keep everyone happy then!

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    Comment number 332.

    @328 Cecren

    Why is it exploitation of women to pay them to pose topless? If they're not being coerced into it, of course. I really don't get it, and I don't get the impression they do either. Why shouldn't an autonomous, free, female decide to sell pictures of her body? Why is she then a victim of exploitation?

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    Comment number 331.

    "Paying young women for posing doesn't make their exploitation OK."

    Now this is the point. Why do you think they are all being exploited? Why do you think that no girl would actually be happy making money this way? I dare you, watch sexcetera one night (it's bad but funny) and then tell me that none of the girls or presenters on that show enjoy what they do.

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    Comment number 330.

    The one thing feminists and the political correct cant stop - Is what a person thinks.

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    Comment number 329.

    Its no coincidence that societies that oppress women the most - tend to have the strictest censorship laws. Their campaign is misguided - why aren't they shouting about banning the burka ?

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    Comment number 328.

    318. And_here_we_go_again "Fashion is more damaging."

    Just cos there are two wrongs here doesn't make either of them right! The existence of hard core pornography doesn't make soft porn morally OK. Paying young women for posing doesn't make their exploitation OK.

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    Comment number 327.

    The best way to win is by voting with your wallet. If they're in the minority and most people don't mind the page 3 girls then suck it up and accept defeat. That's how democracy works. Besides page 3 is the least offensive thing in the Sun.

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    Comment number 326.

    Page 3 is a joke and anyone defending it's place in a 'family paper' should take a long hard look at themselves. You don't have to be a feminist to find the concept creepy and out dated. Good on the guides

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    Comment number 325.

    Get rid of Page 3, phfft, I bet Maggies turning in her grave!

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    Comment number 324.

    Please, the very organisation perpetuates the gender stereotypes itself. Girls are "Guides" caring, feminine, passive etc, where as boys are "Scouts" adventurous, pro active, explorers. Give me a break

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    Comment number 323.

    .. and I always thought the biggest tits in the Sun were Morgan and Murdoch.

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    Comment number 322.

    @319. Cecren "1. I never compared porn with rape - that's your perception, not mine."

    Yes, you did when you brought up child porn, and you agreed in post 296.

    "2. Economic power to exploit women doesn't make it OK."

    True. Now, tell me, do you believe ALL pictures of naked women in existence are exploitative? That all page 3 girls are poor little things that need rescuing? Porn stars too?

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    Comment number 321.

    I am not daily sun reader . But what alot of nonsense . England is being destroyed a combination of left winger elite and feminists (who thought it was ok to do what they like in the 1960s) and the chattering classes

    Glad im single and hetro and 45 and nothing to do with having a gf . By the way i see high class escorts so try and ban that if you dare

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    Comment number 320.

    @315 "It would be interesting if the BBC did a follow-up to this story in about 10 years and asked all of thes former Girl Guides have ever owned and displayed a "Fireman" calendar."

    Why? This campaign isn't about pin-ups in calendars, it's about naked women being in the most circulated newspaper in the country (not calendars, top-shelf magazines, films, beaches, etc etc ad infinitum)

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    Comment number 319.

    312. Ernie "you think that an adult woman choosing to take her top off for a few pictures and a lot of cash is somehow equivalent to child rape."

    1. I never compared porn with rape - that's your perception, not mine.
    2. Cash tempts skint people to do daft things - like allowing the Sun to photograph them or having sex with men they don't fancy. Economic power to exploit women doesn't make it OK.

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    Comment number 318.

    @313. Cecren

    Yes they are air brushed, but not that extremely and young people are far less likely to see page 3 than the multitude of bill boards and fashion magazines which is where the extreme airbrushing is. Super thin models with no bones showing and flawless skin and cheekbones. Those are the ones that are unobtainable, the P3 girls actually look like people. Fashion is more damaging.

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    Comment number 317.

    It seems misguided (see what I did there) to just pick on The Sun when the issue is so much bigger.

    Grown Ups know that some people like to show off their bodies and others like to look at them. Its a free choice and the rest of us can choose not to take part.

    Inequality and objectification need to be highlighted, but trying to censor mild examples like The Sun is just paying lip service.

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    Comment number 316.


    A direct relationship between the availability of soft porn and sexual crimes. The more freely available soft porn the fewer sex crimes. I cite Scandinavian countries as the evidence, particularly Sweden. In fact page 3 may be actually doing some good. I think you need to worry about the Daily Mail and their sexploitation of children before The Sun and page 3.

    Ps are you Mrs Whitehouse?

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    Comment number 315.

    It would be interesting if the BBC did a follow-up to this story in about 10 years and asked all of thes former Girl Guides have ever owned and displayed a "Fireman" calendar.

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    Comment number 314.

    Since Murdoch hasn't been neutered by the implementation of any meaningful press regulation, then this will be ignored by him.


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