• Girlguiding says No More Page 3

    No More Page 3 are absolutely thrilled that the 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 3 negatively impacts 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. 

    As we have at least one former guiding member within the team, we know firsthand what a powerful and positive influence guiding can have on individual girls. 

    The full statement from GirlGuiding can be found below:

                        Girlguiding Says: No More Page 3

     

    • Girlguiding members vote to support the No More Page 3 Campaign
    • Girls say: “We need to get used to the idea – women are not for sale.”
    • Girls and young welcome indications that The Sun might end Page 3

     

    Tuesday 9 April: Girlguiding has today signed the No More Page 3 Campaign. Girlguiding members aged between 16 and 25 voted overwhelmingly to support the campaign – with 88% of respondents saying they believe The Sun newspaper should end Page 3.

     

    The decision to hold a vote on the campaign was taken by Girlguiding’s Advocates – a panel of young women between 14 and 25 who are the driving force behind Girlguiding’s advocacy work.

     

    With well over half a million members, Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Empowering girls to support campaigns is a central part of Girlguiding’s commitment to giving girls a voice on issues affecting their lives.

     

    Explaining their decision to support the campaign the Advocates said: “The Sun is a family newspaper. Anyone can pick it up, turn to Page 3, and think that it is normal for young women to be treated as objects. This is just wrong.

     

    It is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you aren’t the same as your male equivalent. It is disrespectful and embarrassing. We need to get used to the idea that women are not for sale.”

     

    The Advocates have sent a letter to The Sun’s Editor, Dominic Mohan, explaining why they believe Page 3 should be stopped.

     

    Recent Girlguiding research has shown that two-thirds of girls believe they are still judged more on looks than ability and one-in-three would consider surgery to change their appearance. *

     

    Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding said: “Giving girls a voice on issues that they care about is one of Girlguiding’s most important values.  We are very proud that young women in Guiding are choosing to speak out and play a part in building the society they want to live in.”

     

    *Research from the 2012 Girls’ Attitudes Survey

     

    About Girlguiding’s Advocates

    Girlguiding’s Advocates are empowered to speak out and take action about issues affecting girls’ lives – from body image and equality, to women’s representation in the media and female leadership. The Advocate team also speaks at events in Parliament, attends international conferences and writes blogs and articles.

     

    About the Vote

    2062 members of Girlguiding aged between 16 and 25 participated in the poll between Tuesday 19 March and Thursday 28 march.

     

    About Girlguiding

    Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 546,406 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk.

     

     

     

15 Comments

  1. Laureen says: April 9, 2013 at 8:40 amReply

    Well done girl guides, this will surely add support to rid us of this insult to women.

  2. Rachel says: April 9, 2013 at 10:00 amReply

    Hello ladies, Im very proud to support your actions against the Page Three. I have always felt offenced by it. Is there a way of signing the petition online?
    Thank you and all the best!
    Rachel from Essex

  3. Lyns says: April 9, 2013 at 7:42 pmReply

    Good work. I am fed up of being treated like a sex object who has no other purpose in life, and it’s media that purports this myth. Women find it harder to be treated with respect when media doesn’t.

  4. Rob S says: April 9, 2013 at 9:24 pmReply

    Good to see young people challenge adults about their behaviour!

  5. Alison says: April 9, 2013 at 9:49 pmReply

    As a result of the Girlguiding survey I have been asked to give my views, as a feminist activist, on the morning show on BBC Radio Leeds tomorrow. This website has been very helpful in reminding me of all the reasons why I hate, and have always hated, Page 3 and why it should cease to exist. Well done to all the girls and young women who’ve come out against it.

  6. Daniel says: April 9, 2013 at 10:09 pmReply

    As a guy, i totally support this. we need to get behind this.

  7. B. Allan Ross says: April 9, 2013 at 10:57 pmReply

    From five to 25 years old, from girls to women, all Girl Guides have shown the depth of your integrity and your commitment to treat each other and everyone with respect. When you protect yourself from this kind of destructive adult role modeling (the publishers, editors, etc., who have chosen this lazy way of attracting customers), you girls and young women are role models for all of society.

  8. Rose says: April 9, 2013 at 11:13 pmReply

    Great news. Have you asked the Girls’ Brigade and the Girls’ Friendly Society? You could also contact the W.I. , if they haven’t already signed up, plus the Mothers’ Union (C. of E.), the Catholic Women’s League, and the Union of Catholic Mothers.

  9. Becky says: April 10, 2013 at 12:09 amReply

    Great to hear such a large organisation in support of this. The more groups like this that get involved, the less we will be made to feel like we are wrong or silly for not wanting to put up with this degrading rubbish any more.

  10. Danielle Jlassi says: April 10, 2013 at 9:43 amReply

    Brilliant idea to get other girls’ and women’s organisations involved. Lucy Ann Holmes you are a hero! I’ve hated Page 3 since being a little girl. I hope the little girls in the next generation don’t have to put up with this rubbish! Keep going and if there’s a demo in Manchester count me and my mates in! .:-)

  11. John says: April 10, 2013 at 9:45 amReply

    Well done, I heard about this on radio4 this morning. It’s great that your persistence on this campaign is garnering increasing support and publicity. Best of luck!

  12. Nicky Crosbie says: April 10, 2013 at 9:46 amReply

    Absolutely fantastic news! I heard some of the discussion on Radio 4 this
    morning and it’s great to hear a sensible discussion at last about Page 3.
    It’s not about censorship or saying that female bodies are not to be
    celebrated, it’s just that a family newspaper is not the place and the images
    are so passive and exploitative. I am really hopeful that my three girls are going to grow up in a world where they don’t have to feel constantly under scrutiny and judged by their appearance. Thanks for all your hard work!

  13. Emily Doherty says: April 10, 2013 at 9:47 amReply

    Great news, I am very impressed with the Girl Guides

  14. Di Budd says: April 19, 2013 at 5:38 pmReply

    Please continue with your campaign. I worked in a relatively “non sexist” environment but there was nothing so difficult as men you worked with staring at page 3 girls at breaks! . How on earth are supposed to have a sensible working relationship with these men? How do young women cope with the relentless sexualisation? I am an old woman now but feel that it is time that we stopped this antiquated and disgusting treatment of women as sex objects.

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