'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 353.

    Right, well my work day is over. As many people have said, the P3 girl is one of the least offensive parts of the Sun paper, and if they took out her quote as well, they would remove the most intellectual part. But hey, at least it's not the Daily Mail.

    I think modern life is too sexual and airbrushed, but that the page 3 girl really doesn't factor at all in the major influences on the youth

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    Comment number 352.

    If they really want to make a difference they need to change people's conceptions of mammary glands. Instead of seeing them as a sexual object if we saw them for their utilitarian purpose then perhaps they may actually make a difference. But then, this is the brian child of a 17 year old so a inane battle cry to "Take bare boobs out of the Sun" is expected

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    Comment number 351.

    Perhaps if guides scouted and scouts guided there would be less of this nonsense.

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    Comment number 350.

    Would the following understanding be correct?

    1. The Guides and this campaign are managed by 'responsible' adults.

    2. Through children, these 'responsible' adults are organising a campaign against an issue viewed as sexist.

    3. Membership of the Guides is only open to the one sex (female) and members of the opposite sex (male) cannot join.

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

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    Comment number 348.

    Unless the guides are acusing the sun of exploitation, redirecting their efforts towards current and potential page 3 models is necessary.
    Starting at schools would be a start.
    Although, I personally dont see an issue with it, it is undeniable that many page 3 models get career opportunities, that young ,aspiring, educated and hard working women, could only dream of.

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    Comment number 347.

    If you don't like it, don't buy that newspaper. I dislike the Sun for many reasons and have never had a problem not buying it. In fact, I don't remember one occasion where I bought or read a copy against my will.

    Tolerance, respect and equality may not be taught by the Guides, but they perhaps should be. I would be surprised if there were more topless women than topless men in any given edition.

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    Comment number 346.

    If they have a problem with it, why can't they choose to ignore it, it's not like they're forced to read pg3. Censorship needs to stop somewhere, it's just mollycoddling

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    Comment number 345.

    Page 3 is just so bland now, I'm not sure if anybody actually pays it any attention and certainly not for sexual titilation. On the rare occasion I flick through it whilst in a barbers, I do like to read the blurb that goes with the page 3 girl's picture. Normally the Sun have written a made up quote from the girl re something high-brow such as macro-economics or nuclear physics..

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    Comment number 344.

    "Children shouldn't grow up thinking that this is the norm"

    Must agree here.

    Buying the Sun or any Murdoch newspaper is highly questionable as being normal...

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    Comment number 343.

    I would have more time for this story if the Guides were raising the issue of the objectification of both men and women in the media. Also challenging the perception that looks and beauty are the most important attributes for a man or woman.

    Sexism and inequality exists for both men and women. Its old fashioned to just take one viewpoint.

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    Comment number 342.

    In case I gave the wrong impression with my pro-porn arguments - I see nothing wrong with the guides petitioning the Sun to stop putting naked women on page 3. It won't affect me, I don't buy it, I think "The Sun" has far worse effects on society through its writing than by printing pictures of boobs.

    Maybe we can all agree that Rupert Murdoch is a negative for this country and leave it at that.

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    Comment number 341.

    I am not a Sun reader, because its a waste of time and money. Objectifying anyone is a bad thing. So, if these guides get their way, maybe they should then next move onto TV channels and get them to ban ads that objectify men by them removing their tops to please women (Coca Cola). Only then will I accept their intentions as honourable. Else it just seems like they have directed by someones agenda

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    Comment number 340.

    Yet another interfering group. If you don't like the content of the paper then don't buy it. It's as simple as that. I don't and I don't. But then I don't buy any newspaper because I am one of the minority that can think for themselves and make their own mind up.

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    Comment number 339.

    Where will the porn industry find their apprentices if page 3 ends?

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    Comment number 338.

    The thing is, this whole melodrama comes from the outdated views of the industry. It's like everyone is stuck in the 60's/70's era of snuff films and the like. Yes it was, and is sometimes, expliotitive but for the great majority of models the working conditions have vastly improved now. We need to upgrade our view of this industry and the related ones.

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    Comment number 337.

    Nobody is forced to buy the Sun 'newspaper'.

    Similar nobody is forced to join the Girl Guides.

    There are many things in society upon which people dislike or disagree and that is a 'freedom' within society.

    Surely that is an important concept to learn?

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    Comment number 336.

    @302-Cecren- Where in my comment did i even talk about slavery, slavery is not a part of this discussion.

    @301-Louise- You're right, i haven't been subject to that kind of harassment, but the root of that problem is much deeper than page 3 of the sun, its not going to go away anytime soon.

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    Comment number 335.

    What about the Daily Star or that absurd "Paper" The Sunday Sport? Why is it only The Sun that has to get rid of its page three models?

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    Comment number 334.

    It appears the Guides (whose membership is presumably discriminatory against males) are seeking to impose their moral views on society.

    If page three of the Sun is hugely offensive then people simply would not buy it with market forces determining its viability.

    (Mind you I expect many of us simply do not buy the Sun for so many other reasons - ignoring 40 years of a topless girl on page 3).


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