• We will not be silenced!

    We joined our friend and fellow campaigner, Caroline Criado-Perez, in celebrating the fantastic news that an inspirational woman would still be found on banknotes after Elizabeth Fry is removed. This was announced on Wednesday and within minutes she started receiving threatening tweets. As campaigners this (unfortunately) does not come as a surprise. As supporters you have to deal with trolling and abusive comments on our Facebook page so I’m sure you can sympathise. These comments were worse and in even greater numbers than usual though. The threats were very personal and often made reference to sexual violence.

    Laura Bates, from The Everyday Sexism Project is also confronted by these messages every single day. The hash tags #ShoutingBack and #TakeBackTwitter are both being used for people to say that they refuse to be silenced and will not allow this sort of bullying and intimidation on social media.

    No More Page 3 stands in solidarity with Caroline, Laura and others who face this abuse. They are brave women who are trying to improve our society for the benefit of us all. We believe that the nature of the threats they receive are a direct consequence of the sexist and objectifying culture that we live in. Women should be seen and not heard. How dare they use their voices to call out for equality and respect? They belong in bed or on Page 3 of a newspaper showing their breasts.

    We will not be silenced!

6 Comments

  1. Geoffsky says: July 29, 2013 at 12:38 pmReply

    To evoke that nature of response suggests that you have effectively hit the target…

    Massive love and respect.

  2. TimM says: July 29, 2013 at 6:02 pmReply

    With you every step of the way, and, once more, ashamed of certain alleged members of my gender.

  3. Taz says: July 29, 2013 at 9:05 pmReply

    What bothers me the most is that you guys have stated “you will not be silenced” yet when I left a comment on the initial No More Page 3 comment responses, you didn’t approve me because whoever is running this campaign only wants opinions that meet their agenda to be heard.

  4. andsaunders says: July 29, 2013 at 9:22 pmReply

    Someone has now been arrested for the offensive remarks made to Caroline. I hope Caroline is OK and I wish her all the best.

  5. janemurphy says: July 30, 2013 at 6:38 pmReply

    I am doing my best to educate people that habits like buying The Sun publication lead not only to harm and crimes against women but in shaping children’s attitudes towards a woman’s body. A father may not realise ( or a mother) what their offspring are thinking when they see them looking at a young girl photographed in only her knickers. Will that young girl then feel confident in front of male members of her family? Will a young boy come to realise that a man must behave in the way his father does by buying this publication?
    I am using little posters to convey the message that we all need to rethink what we are teaching our young people. Wake up to what is going on and change it.

  6. Geoffsky says: July 30, 2013 at 7:26 pmReply

    Given the latest spiteful twittering of Criado-Perez supporter Stella Creasy MP, one would assume that here was campaign to rule that the state should castrate all males deemed “sexist”, had one not followed what has been a polite and reasonable call for a higher inter-gender etiquette and for a degree of token representation on the part of the state, or in your own case; a voluntary restraint on the part of media corporations and their sponsors. But the campaigns have been – if they even needed to be – self-vindicated in that they have reaffirmed that there are still plenty of militantly reactionary male attitudes out there.

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