• Mumsnet Say No More Page 3!

    MUMSNET SAY NO MORE PAGE THREE!!!!

    We are absolutely delighted that Mumsnet have announced their support for the No More Page 3 campaign. Members were asked whether Mumsnet should back the campaign and the result came back, a resounding ‘YES!’

    As you can imagine, we’re thrilled to have the mighty Mumsnet behind us.

    Mumsnet are the biggest online forum for mums (and dads), representing a broad cross-section of parents who are renowned for not being afraid to speak out. The overwhelming support from members shows us that parents recognise the harmful influence of the sexual images and sexism that their children are casually exposed to in public places and are no longer willing to put up with it. They are saying loud and clear it’s time for change.

    A big thank you goes out to all the members who took time to vote. We are so looking forward to working with you to make this change happen!

2 Comments

  1. Andrew Saunders says: January 23, 2014 at 6:11 pmReply

    Good on Mumsnet and some more good news I have heard today. Paloma Faith is now supporting No More Page 3.

  2. Claire says: January 27, 2014 at 9:34 amReply

    Great news Mumsnet. I was reading Twitter comments about this on No More Page 3 and I kept seeing ‘If you don’t like it, don’t buy it’ bandied about. It doesn’t stand up as an argument.

    One of my earliest memories of my father was him in his chair reading the paper. I’d climbed up on the arm of the chair so I could sit on his lap. I looked at him, curiously, because his eyes weren’t moving like they did when he was reading me a story, so I looked at the picture in the paper he was staring at. It was a picture of a wet, bare-breasted, woman. He became aware of my presence then shockingly yelled “DON’T LOOK OVER SOMEONE’S SHOULDER, IT’S RUDE.” His shouting and his angry, red face scared me and I ran away.

    That was my first experience with Page 3. Unfortunately, not my last. My dad would be ogling that paper at the table, in his chair, in the car, anywhere. My mum, my sister and I over the years grew to know about his particular ‘thing’ for Linda Lusardi. My mum would criticise it, (she told me later she was really hurt by it) but my dad’s response was always the same. ‘It’s not THAT rude, they wouldn’t put it in the newspaper if it was THAT bad.’

    Not the most tactful Dad, but this was typical of the attitudes of my friend’s fathers too. So much so, my sister’s best friend at six years old, wanted to be a Page 3 Girl when she grew up.

    I had a relationship of sorts with these thin women with (mostly) big breasts. I used to wonder why they were beaming with happiness at getting out of a pool, or a shower. I didn’t understand why they looked happy, yet the captions seemed to poke fun at them. I knew them all by name and measurement.

    Puberty hit and it was excruciating. My Dad joking and seriously talking about me ‘blossoming’ and regularly comparing me unfavourably to Samantha Fox.

    I know I have issues. My breasts have never felt like they belong to me. I remember at school being shocked – actually shocked – when I found out what breasts were for. I had assumed they were for men to look at rather than to feed a baby. I thought breast feeding was disgusting, I still do. I know that isn’t right. (I didn’t breast feed my children). I admit it. I have a hang up about my breasts.

    Of course, I know this hang up is more about my father’s attitude and inappropriate behaviour than Page 3 by itself. I don’t blame the women for posing topless. I’m not a prude. I watch porn. I don’t mind (and often encourage) my partner to watch porn. This isn’t about being a femiNAZI or a case of some skewed sexual morals.

    My problem with Page 3 is that it is women posing sexually for men in a FAMILY newspaper. It is reducing a woman to the sum of her breasts and make fun of her and CHILDREN GROW UP SEEING THIS AS NORMAL . That it is an accepted part of family life for children to see naked breasts next to headlines over breakfast.

    So, I honestly can’t see how anyone can justify by saying ‘if you don’t like it, don’t buy it’ AS I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT A COPY IN MY LIFE.

    Claire

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