Can we just say how brilliant you are?!!!
Because you are!
You work so hard at getting the message out and campaigning with us. You’re super inspiring!
We know there are places of business that buy the Sun for their customers, but you just aren’t going to let them get away with it anymore!!!
Here’s one testament from Kirsty
“When I first saw your beautiful campaign I woke up! I then went to a local breast feeding friendly (won awards for it), community cafe, attached to a primary school and a Surestart centre. I was confronted with a free copy of The Sun. Soft Porn. I complained and an all male committee decided that as I was the only person to ever complain, it was fine. I wrote again last week to highlight the success of NMP3, Girl Guides endorsement, Ed Milliband etc. I asked if they had thought anymore about providing soft porn. The owner called today and said he had decided that he was no longer going to provide those papers. Instead he is going to spend the money (£200 per year) on musical entertainment. He woke up too!”
Another supporter had a great stay at a DeVere Hotel. But there was just one thing that spoiled it!
And a terrific letter was written by Helen to Costa Coffee.
Many of you have told us how disappointed you are that there are copies of The Sun supplied for customers in Costa. Why not write to them? Feel free to use this letter as a template, or as a basis for your own, and encourage Costa to say No More Page 3 and to stop stocking the Sun until they drop Page 3. The CEO’s email address is Christopher.Rogers@whitbread.co.uk
Dear Costa Coffee,
I am a big fan of your coffee and I always try to find one of your coffee shops when I want a break because I am guaranteed quality coffee and friendly service. I use your coffee shops frequently, to relax or to work or to meet friends, or just to sit and read the paper. Overall I am happy with what you offer and that is why I remain a loyal customer.
However, there is just one thing which spoils this for me. In some of your branches (but not all) you provide the Sun newspaper for your customers. I object to the Sun being available in a public place, particularly one where children are present, because it carries the Page 3 feature of a topless model, and when I go for a coffee I don’t want to be reminded of soft porn and the sexist culture that it represents. Nor do I want to sit next to a man who might be looking at the breasts of a young woman when I am drinking my coffee. It just makes me feel uncomfortable.
I have no idea if you have a policy on which papers you provide for your customers, but as it varies from branch to branch, I suspect not. I know you are a company which believes in corporate responsibility, and I would like to ask you to take the subject of publicly-visible sexual objectification seriously. It is a question of equality for women, to be comfortable in public spaces, free from the effects of sexist representation.
You may be aware of the No More Page 3 Campaign which has been gathering momentum over the past year. It currently has over 119000 signatures and has the support of the Girl Guides, cross-party MPs, teachers unions and many women’s groups. There is also a campaign called Child Eyes which concentrates on the media visible to children which in any other context would be age-restricted. Page 3 is one of the most accessible examples of pornographic imagery for children, partly because it is left lying around in coffee shops and can be picked up by anyone. This is frequently cited in people’s reasons for signing both of these campaigns. There is a growing understanding of how harmful it can be for young girls to constantly be exposed to sexualised images of women, and a recognition of the damaging effects of objectification on all of us.
I hope you will consider removing the Sun newspaper from all your coffee shops, as a matter of company policy, until it removes the Page 3 feature. Just as the smoking ban worked, I believe getting rid of the Sun would result in a less toxic environment for all your customers.
I look forward to hearing from you.
DO YOU KNOW OF ANY PUBLIC BUSINESSES THAT STOCK THE SUN???