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An Open Letter to David Dinsmore

We support the No More Page 3 campaign and give our reasons.

 

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly has …called upon the Sun newspaper to drop the feature. In an Individual Members Debate (IMD) brought forward by Labour Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, Rebecca Evans AM – with cross-party support from Aled Roberts AM, Suzy Davies AM and Lindsay Whittle AM – the Assembly formally agreed to support the campaign.

 Mrs Evans, who has long been a strong supporter of the campaign said:

 “The continued presence of Page Three in a national, daily, unrestricted newspaper only serves to undermine the good work that government, the third sector, trade unions, teachers, parents, and many others are trying to do every day to build a country where we are all treated equally and with respect, and where young people grow up with healthy expectations of themselves and of others.

 “Page Three normalises the trivial objectification of women, entrenches inequality and sexist attitudes, and, well, quite simply, half-naked women just aren’t news!

 “I am proud of the work we are doing in Wales to tackle discrimination in all its forms – including gender discrimination.”

 In Wales the IMD follows Mrs Evans’ Statement of Opinion and Question to the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who added his support saying:

 “I think it is inappropriate in this day and age that a daily newspaper – a family newspaper – carries a photograph like that on Page Three. It belongs to a different era and doesn’t belong in this day and age.”

 

UK Girlguiding

‘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.’

Mumsnet

We’re big fans of breasts at Mumsnet: after all, they can feed a baby, squish a loved one and (if you’re lucky) provide a handy shelf.

But much as we love them, they’re really not – in any sense – news. So we’re very pleased to announce that we’re getting behind the No More Page 3 campaign .

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder said: ‘The implication of Page 3 is pretty clear: men make the news, and women stand next to the news in their pants. This isn’t what Mumsnet users want for their daughters – or their sons. We’re asking Sun editor, David Dinsmore, on for a webchat – he’s said in the past that women are Page 3’s biggest fans, after all <http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/david-dinsmore-women-most-vociferous-backers-page-threefleet-streets-silence-sun-arrestswhy-buzzfeed> so we’re hoping he’ll be up for a discussion.’

 Gransnet

“Users of Gransnet are overwhelmingly supportive of the No More Page 3 campaign. We’re far from prudish but this terribly outdated and destructive objectification of women in the press has to stop, and we’re quite frankly shocked that it’s still allowed in this day and age. For the sake of our children and grandchildren we want boobs removed from The Sun’s page 3 and from all other publications where such blatant disrespect for women still exists.” -Lara Crisp, Gransnet editor

National Union of Teachers

The National Union of Teachers is pleased to be supporting the No more page 3 campaign. The consequences of gender stereotyping and the sexualisation of girls in the media are very real.

Portraying women as nothing more than objects to be looked at is entirely unacceptable for the 21 Century. Not only can such images impact on the self- respect and confidence of young girls it could also have a detrimental influence on boys as they develop views of women.

It is high time that we accepted it is simply wrong for a national family newspaper to be carrying such images.”

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEAD TEACHERS – (NAHT) -Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary

“NAHT is delighted to add their support to this important issue. School leaders understand the importance of protecting children and young people from inappropriate adult material, whether online, on television or within the pages of the popular press. Our members have told us about the problems the easy availability of pictures like these cause, as children, especially very young children, can find such images confusing and embarrassing.
“Most adults recognise the importance of the watershed and online parental controls for computers and game consoles – most also appreciate the need to restrict the publication of pictures like those seen on Page Three to adult-only publications.”
 
 
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers
 
‘ATL calls for teachers, parents and all those who are concerned about the increased sexualisation or ‘pornification’ of our society to take a stand. This is why ATL supports the ‘No More Page 3′ campaign. “What does it say about our culture and the position of women and girls within it, if our children and young …people are casually exposed to the objectification of women over the breakfast table, on the bus or in cafes, for example? As committed education staff, we are having to deal with the mixed messages sent out by society on this issue. When the Prime Minister himself professes concern, as a parent, but then fails to act, what does this tell our young women and girls? Adult material belongs solely in the adult world.”
 

 The Royal College of Nursing

“The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) supports the No More Page three campaign because we believe that the humiliation and exploitation of women is something that should not be acceptable.

Gender stereotyping and the sexualisation of women can have detrimental effects on the safety of women in our society.  The RCN promotes a working environment where our members and staff can work with dignity and not be placed in compromising situations that cause offence, humiliation, embarrassment or distress.

All nursing staff should be seen as respected professionals with no sexualised stereotypes attached.”

UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest union..

The union’s 1.3 million public sector workers will now add their voice to the campaign to end this out of date objectification of women.

The union is highlighting how wrong  Rupert Murdoch was to claim that working class people do not care about page three.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:

“We’re proud to support this campaign to end an out of date objectification of women on behalf of the men and women who make up our union. Rupert Murdoch’s claim that working class people don’t care about page three is not only patronizing, it is wrong.

“Through unions, working class people have led the way in battling sexism and campaigning for equality. We’re going to show Rupert Murdoch exactly what we think.”

 

British Youth Council

“We believe that it is time to end the objectification of women in our national newspapers, the best example of which is Page 3 in The Sun newspaper.

We know that 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. It mocks and disrespects women.

As an organisation that supports and empowers young people, we cannot remain silent in the presence of a page that limits and misrepresents over half the population. For young women growing up in UK society it is impossible for them to nurture their ambitions if they are constantly told that they are not the same as their male equivalent. This is what Page 3 does. It is disrespectful and embarrassing.

We would like The Sun, as a leading UK newspaper, to promote positive role models to inspire girls and young women and help everyone to understand that women are never for sale.

For this reason, the BYC supports the No More Page 3 campaign and believes all its members should sign the petition which asks Dominic Mohan to remove pictures of topless women from The Sun newspaper. You can find out more and sign the petition here.

We believe that other newspapers that run a similar picture should also stop portraying women as objects within their pages.  Boobs aren’t news.”

 

The Girls’ Brigade

We dream of living in a culture where girls and women are not objectified – where a woman’s worth and value is not solely measured by her sexual attractiveness but instead acknowledges her gifting, personality and talents.

We dream of living in a world where young women know their real value and worth from the inside out; where they don’t see their bodies as projects to be worked on as they diet/pluck/cut/shave/wax/tan to fit an unrealistic and narrow male-centred stereotype of what is considered to be beautiful.

We dream of living in a society where a national newspaper, like The Sun, depicts men and women as equals and no longer feels the need to display porn on Page 3 in order to sell newspapers copies.

Sexpression

Sexpression:UK, a network of students that deliver high quality sex and relationship education (SRE) in local schools and campaign for statutory SRE in British education curriculum, is pleased to announce their support for the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign.

We support this campaign because the presence of ‘Page 3’ in the UK’s most circulated newspaper contributes to the normalisation of the objectification of women. As an organisation it is our mission to enable young people to make their own informed decisions about their bodies, relationships and sex lives. We believe the presence of topless women in ‘The Sun’ damages this. The foundations of a respectful relationship are undermined by the objectification of people and it is crucial that we make steps as a society to end this.  In addition statutory comprehensive sex and relationships education would aid this.

We wholeheartedly support the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign and urge our members and others to join us in signing the petition.

UK Youth and Ambition

Helen Marshall, Chief Executive of Ambition said: “We know the difference that providing young people with positive role models and activities can make to their confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. Through its objectification of women, Page 3 undermines this work with young girls and sends a negative message to young boys. Ambition’s network is striving to offer high–quality opportunities and support to young people, promoting equality and respect, and we would urge our members to remove any publication that does not reflect these values from their youth clubs and community projects.”

Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive of UK Youth said: “UK Youth along with our 45 members and associates work hard to support young people. We believe strongly that creating a positive, supporting and non-judgmental environment is a core part of the role of youth clubs and projects. As an organization that began supporting young girls in 1911 we believe that today Page 3 is impacting negatively on young people at a vital stage of their development and that is why we are delighted to support the No More Page 3 campaign.”

TESYouth

As a Youth organisation we care about what is going on around us. We believe page 3 and other pages should be used for more useful purposes rather than sexual pleasure.

Youth Media Agency

Youth Media Agency is proud to announce our support for ‘No More Page 3’. We work with incredibly talented, successful and ambitious young women every day, we believe that Page 3 sends out a dated and unhealthy message. In the 21st Century UK women make essential contributions to politics, medicine, science, media, engineering and civil society, we think it’s time for The Sun to reflect this in their newspaper. 

Brixton and Streatham Hill Branch Labour Party 

This Branch Labour Party would like to give its support to the campaign ‘No More Page 3’ which has support from many national organisations such as Women’s Aid, UK Girl Guiding, End Violence Against Women Coalition as well as 140 MPs from all political parties.

This campaign calls on The Sun newspaper to voluntarily end its continuing practice of publishing pictures of topless young women on its pages every day.

This Branch believes that in a supposed age of gender equality, the fact that Britain’s biggest newspaper devotes a whole page, each day to a semi-naked woman is an anachronism. That it reinforces and normalises the idea that women are objects of sexual gratification and should be judged on their physical appearance alone and is thus damaging for both young girls and boys who have ready access to this ‘family newspaper’.

This Branch resolves to add its name to the No More Page 3 campaign petition and urges the CLP and our elected representatives to do the same.”

Renfrewshire North & West Constituency Labour Party

Quote from Gareth Brown, Campaign Officer:
“Taking action to end The Sun’s Page 3 is a crucial step in create a more equal society, where women can be free from sexual objectification. It was an easy decision for me to put this motion to the CLP and it was great to have the full support of our local Labour members. Newspapers have a duty to educate and inform and it is hard to see where Page 3 fits in with this. We wish NMP3 every success and hope to help in any way we can.”

DKMS (Dunvant Killay Mayals and Sketty) local Labour Party branch

This Branch notes the support for the No More Page 3 campaign given by all the female members of the Shadow Cabinet, many other Labour members and prominent public figures, in particular Tom Watson MP’s call in a recent Labour List piece for the whole party to “officially back” the campaign. This campaign calls on The Sun newspaper to voluntarily end its continuing practice of publishing pictures of topless young women on its pages every day.

This Branch believes that in a supposed age of gender equality, the fact that Britain’s biggest newspaper devotes a whole page, each day to a semi-naked woman is an anachronism. That it reinforces and normalises the idea that women are objects of sexual gratification and should be judged on their physical appearance alone and is thus damaging for both young girls and boys who have ready access to this ‘family newspaper’.

This Branch resolves to add its name to the No More Page 3 campaign petition and urges the CLP and our elected representatives to do the same.”

Evangelical Alliance

We recognise that historically the Church has not always been great at advocating for women, but given its recent defiance it is time for us to tell The Sun newspaper that enough is enough. We believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings and are passionate about working together for a society that says no to objectification. As an alliance representing some two million Christians in the UK, we are happy to lend our support to the brilliant No More Page 3 campaign.

YWCA Scotland

YWCA Scotland works with young women and girls and aims to support them in creating a Scotland free from sexism. Eradicating Page 3 from our society is one step closer to the Scotland they deserve to live in.

YWCA Scotland fully supports No More Page 3. We want to live in a world where every woman can shape her own life journey and fulfil her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected and celebrated. We are concerned with the damaging and limiting effects of stereotypes and sexualisation of women in the media. Page 3 of the Sun Newspaper contributes to this problem by presenting women as sexual objects, rather than celebrating their achievements and personality. We believe this outdated, sexist feature undermines progress towards gender equality in the UK and encourage the Sun to replace topless women with positive stories about women.

Breast Cancer UK

‘The pressure to conform to the kind of body on display on The Sun’s Page 3 is intense for every woman, but it takes on a new meaning for women who have had breast cancer.

Page 3 perpetuates the idea that a woman’s worth is determined by the extent to which her body conforms to an idealised image. This image is unattainable to the vast majority of women, let alone those who have had to go through surgery and other treatment for breast cancer.

At Breast Cancer UK we believe that industries and corporations should be held to account for the harm their products and practices do to the health and wellbeing of women.

We support the No More Page 3 campaign and applaud their attempt to challenge The Sun’s right to use women’s bodies purely for its own profit.’

 The Royal College of Midwives  @MidwivesRCM

“As a professional organisation and union whose members are 95% female the Royal College of Midwives is very happy to support and endorse the No More Page 3 campaign. All news outlets including the Sun should be promoting positive images of women and not those that demean and objectify.
 
This is not simply an outdated view of women, it is one that should never have existed in the first place. The fact that a newspaper is still peddling this insulting view in the 21st century beggars belief. We ask the Sun to stop, and stop it now and to use their significant reach and influence to a better end for the benefit of women, not their detriment.”

 

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

“The everyday, casual misogyny of Page 3 undoubtedly contributes to our culture in which the objectification of women is completely normalised.

Its implicit message is that women’s bodies exist chiefly for men’s use and consumption.  This is the wider context in which 80,000 women are raped and over 400,000 sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year. We within the Rape Crisis movement see the devastating impacts of this gender-based sexual violence daily.

 Page 3 has no public service role and no place in a publication calling itself a newspaper.  The time for it to go is long overdue.”

Rape Crisis Scotland

‘Rape Crisis Scotland fully supports the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign.

The rampant sexual objectification of women represented by Page 3 is part and parcel of the sexism which characterizes so much of the mainstream culture in this country, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women so recently observed. This insidious phenomenon is damaging to women and its removal is long overdue.’

Women’s Aid, Polly Neate, Chief Executive

 “Page 3 is not harmless fun but a daily reminder of the objectification of women both in the media and in our society. As the national charity working to end violence against women, we see clear links between misogynistic attitudes towards women and the domestic violence that is perpetrated towards 1 in 4 women at some point in their lifetime.”

 ”We must remember that children open and read The Sun. Daily newspapers are still part of family life, and as a family newspaper The Sun should consign Page 3 to history where it belongs.”

 

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Clíona Saidléar, PhD Policy and Communications Director

 Rape and sexual violence in our society persists at the scale it does because we have a culture that teaches us it is acceptable to treat women and girls as sexual objects. Page 3 is a prominent informant of that misogynistic culture. RCNI has no doubt that the existence of page 3 supports the silences around sexual violence and the disempowerment of survivors of sexual violence as well as those who would resist the oppression of sexual objectification and the ever present threat of sexual violence.

 

End Violence Against Women Coalition – Holly Dustin, Director.

 “Sexist and sexualised images of women, such as Page 3, contribute to a culture which demeans, disrespects and degrades women and girls and are the backdrop to the routine sexual harassment and sexual violence that many women face. Page 3 is outdated and should be dropped, as part of post-Leveson press reform to improve press ethics. The Just the Women report, published by women’s groups shortly before Leveson reported, puts Page 3 in the context of a media that is endemically sexist and serves no public interest. It’s had its day.”

 

White Ribbon Campaign – Men Working to End Violence Against Women,

“Page 3 in the Sun encourages men to see women as sexual objects. As a major national newspaper, accessible to all the family, they have a responsibility not to promote or encourage that view, especially to the young people who read their paper. They should take their social responsibilities a lot more seriously and realise the damage they may cause”

 

Olive Branch Arts

I am one of the directors of Olive Branch Arts Ltd a community arts company that delivers creative sexual health workshops for young people. Olive Branch are in full support of the No More Page 3 Campaign. Our work deals with the confusing over sexualised images and content that bombard young people on a daily basis. It is sad and infuriating that the space for young people to define and explore themselves is being literally poisoned by sexist and insidious views. Page 3 has no place in a society that should be offering healthy balanced and safe models of relationships and behaviour. Shame on David Dinsmore and the countless voices that continue to justify the need to keep women reduced to a sum of body parts. Thank you for the inspiring campaign.

Kind Regards Becky Finlay Hall, Creative Director

 

Women’s Institute Shoreditch Sisters

‘The Shoreditch Sisters Women’s Institute exists to inspire and empower women. We are active in creating cultures in which women feel positive about themselves and positive about what they contribute to society. Images of half naked young women in a large nation newspaper, like The Sun, reinforce the idea of male agency and female passivity, contributing to a culture where women are judged by how they look, not by who they are or what they do. This directly opposes the aims and objectives of the Shoreditch Sisters WI, and it is for this reason that we are proud to support the No More Page 3 campaign.’

The Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, founder.

We wholeheartedly support the No More Page 3 campaign!  Page 3 is outdated and offensive and simply has no place in a newspaper. We receive enough stories from young girls receiving explicit comments from their male classmates, as young as 11 years of age, comparing them to page 3 girls and insulting their developing bodies, to realise that there is absolutely no defence of Page 3 as ‘harmless fun’.

Read Laura’s words of support in full here

 

From Yesterday, For Tomorrow

We create educational anti-prejudice resources for use within schools. As charitable organisation we are proud feminists who strive to educate secondary school aged children to understand how the media and our cultural attitudes can affect how we act towards other people, and how it contributes the spread of prejudiced attitudes overall.
We strongly believe that No More Page 3 is a crucial campaign, not only because of how it affects people’s general attitudes towards women, but because it would set a precedent that we, as a culture, simply will not stand for such trivialisation and demeaning sexualisation of women. Boobs for giggles is not ok. There is no question that there is a strong and deeply worrying link between the sexualisation of women and crimes such as sexual assault, and we think you’re doing excellent work.

The Breastfeeding Network @BfN_UK @NBHelpline

The Breastfeeding Network is delighted to lend its wholehearted support to the No More Page Three campaign.

We are a national charity supporting hundreds of thousands of mothers and their families across the UK. Our aim is for breastfeeding to be recognised as the normal way to feed your baby.

For one of the biggest selling national newspapers to continue to print pictures of a topless woman on a daily basis is unacceptable. A topless woman is not news.

Many women tell us they feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. A new mum in a park could be struggling to breastfeed her wriggly, crying baby under a scarf, desperately trying not to reveal any flesh so as not to offend anyone; while the person next to her could be happily reading Page Three of The Sun in full public view.

This is unfair, wrong, and very unhelpful at a time when the UK’s breastfeeding rates are some of the lowest in Europe. It’s time to change.

Aurora New Dawn LTD, Shonagh Dillon, Chief Executive Officer

“Aurora New Dawn supports the no more page 3 campaign vociferously. Page 3 is an outdated, sexist, offensive institution in British society. Page 3 depicts women as objects to be sexualised and objectified by men. As a feminist organisation we believe that ending page 3 will send a message to Britain that we are working towards an equal society where people do not see women as a commodity simply to be bought and sold.”

 

Zero Tolerance – charity working to tackle the causes of men’s violence against women.

We love the No More Page 3 campaign! We’ve been campaigning for twenty years to bring about a culture that has ‘zero tolerance’ of violence against women. We know that all the different kinds of violence and abuse women experience, perpetrated by men, stem from women’s wider inequality in our society; after all, it’s easier to abuse someone if you don’t think they’re your equal who deserves respect and dignity just as much as you. Our culture which treats women like passive objects, valued only for their appearance (and only when they are young and stereotypically sexy) feeds a culture of violence. Page 3 is part of the problem and this campaign is part of the solution. We hope you succeed.

 

Over the last year we have been working with girls and young women asking them to create their own media, since most of the mainstream woefully under-represents all but a very small section of our population; and even those who are represented have their physical attributes over-exposed compared to any of their other human qualities. The sexualised, digitally manipulated images we see all around us are generated to make a profit at the expense of young women’s self-esteem, security and health.

Page 3 is the pinnacle of acceptable sexism, a daily image of a (usually white, slim, tanned) young woman for the consumption of men. It is limiting, crass and has no place in the 21st Century. It’s not that there is no place for nakedness, we believe bodies are beautiful and useful and strong and most of all varied. Our tabloid press really should grow-up about the human body, at best Page 3 is immature, at worst it’s damaging to our collective perception of a young woman’s place in the world.
We want all people to be valued for their character, talents and interests. Our national press should too. We’ve got a long way to go, but getting rid of Page 3 would be a fantastic start.
We want young people to have good choices, varied media and stand on equal footing socially and politically, therefore Shape Your Culture supports No More Page 3.

@shapeyrculture

 

Sophie Meredith, Founder of SEE and Love You Project. ( Follow on Twitter )

 “In a time of increasing global enlightenment with regards to representations of women and girls in culture and the media; at a time when women are forcefully making positive changes in our cultural landscape and demanding the respect, equality and power we deserve, the continued existence of Page 3 is an outdated and crass attempt to keep hold of a patriarchal value system which subjugates women and reduces them to ‘object’.

Objectification such as Page 3 is extremely destructive and poses a great threat to the healthy emotional and physical development of young girls, and the overall safety of girls and women. Our research shows that objectification culture is affecting children as young as 8 years old, it teaches them to be fearful and ashamed of their bodies, resulting in body anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Through our research we have met girls as young as 9 who are aware of the role of the Page 3 model, usually from seeing The Sun at home, and who have expressed a dissatisfaction with their own bodies in comparison. This is absolutely unacceptable.The Sun is responsible for the dissemination of social values, as is the nature of the media; it ought to take this responsibility seriously and stop normalising the objectification and sexualisation of girls and women.”

 

The Women’s Room, Caroline Criado-Perez, founder

Because Page 3 is the largest role The Sun offers women – and the role it offers them is to be stared at and judged purely on the basis of their fitting in to a very narrow conception of beauty. Not only this, but it sends the message that a woman who is beautiful cannot be intelligent – and the impact of this message can be seen in the fact that in the 21st century, a female Cambridge undergraduate is being shouted down by a roomful of young men, on the basis that she is a woman. This cannot go on.

 

 

Rape Crisis South London

“As London’s oldest and busiest Rape Crisis Centre we understand the devastating impacts of rape and childhood sexual abuse and are dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. We struggle to see the cultural benefits of Page 3 but we work daily with its cultural harm. We believe that Page 3 contributes to a conducive context for sexual violence through representing the bodies of women as passive things for men to act on and through. It is a routine manifestation of the continuum of sexual violence and has no place in England today. We wholly support No More Page 3.”  

Yvonne Traynor, Chief Executive Officer

 

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

“The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has worked for almost 100 years to study and make known the causes of conflict and war. We fully support the ‘No more page 3′ campaign.

As we know, violence against women can thrive in cultures that view women as second to men and let’s face it, that’s practically everywhere on earth. Women struggle for equality and emancipation from violence, the threat of violence and the acceptance of violence as a means of control or to solve conflict. We demand something different because violence and objectification of women is not good for women or men. From the normalisation of objectifying women’s bodies in low circulation newspapers, to using rape as a weapon of war, women around the world are treated with the utmost contempt and if we ignore the small building blocks, we risk betraying those who inevitably pay the price. Stop Page 3 now to take away one layer of sexism and give boys, girls, young men and women and UK society hope that we can expect women to be viewed as more than sex objects or trophies of war.”

 

UK Feminista – Kat Banyard, founder.

“No More Page 3 is an utterly inspiring example of what can be achieved when feminists mobilise for change. For 42 years the Sun has been churning out this daily dose of sexist propaganda. Throughout this time Rupert Murdoch and Page 3’s defenders have ruthlessly stifled criticism and jealously safeguarded the notion that it is acceptable to treat women like dehumanised sex objects.

 Well, not for much longer. No More Page 3 is leading a movement of people saying ‘enough’. Enough of the daily objectification of women and girls. Enough of telling us it’s harmless. And enough of the idea that we have to put up with it. 

 Page 3 does not have a future. A world where women and men live as equals does. So get on with it, Rupert. Schedule that inevitable last print run. Time’s up for Page 3.”

 

Local Mums Online, Kathy McGuiness, Founder

We support No More Page 3 because we feel very strongly that the normalisation of the sexual objectification of women and girls is very harmful. We do not want to raise our children in a society where these kind of sexist and outdated attitudes are supported by a national newspaper. The images are now known to be damaging, especially to children. We cannot avoid them as they are freely available in shops, cafes, buses, waiting rooms, even lying in the road as we walk our children to school and nursery.

 

Turn Your Back On Page 3, Francine Hoenderkamp, founder

“The 42-year-old Page 3 is a daily reminder of the inequality and discrimination that women still face in the UK.  In 2011, Turn Your Back On Page 3 along with OBJECT, Eaves, End Violence Against Women Coalition and Equality Now presented evidence to The Leveson Inquiry exposing the sexist and misogynistic treatment of women and girls at the core of our tabloid press.  There has been great progress made on media reform politically following the Inquiry but the negative portrayal of women has been sidelined and this is unacceptable. 

We must all work together and keep fighting to ensure women’s rights are pushed to the top of the political agenda and this is why the No More Page 3 campaign is so important, as Page 3 not only symbolises the sexism that women and girls continue to face on a daily basis in the UK, but it fuels it, and to see an end to it is one small step towards to seeing an end to sexism full stop.”

 

OBJECT

OBJECT unreservedly supports the No More Page 3 campaign’s attempt to challenge the sexual objectification of women and Page 3 sexism. The vast number of signatures on the petition has successfully demonstrated that Page 3 sexism is not harmless fun and that this is an issue people are genuinely concerned about.

A joint report by women’s groups last year exposed endemic levels of sexism in the UK press which has a negative impact on both the aspirations and self-esteem of women and girls and promotes attitudes and behaviours associated with discrimination and violence against women.

Page 3 is an overt manifestation of a wider culture that trivialises, dehumanises and sexualises women and its ongoing prominent position in mainstream media plays a key role in normalising sexual objectification and harassment. Its removal from The Sun newspaper would be an important first step in demonstrating a commitment to eliminating harmful discrimination against women in the press.

 

Child Eyes, Kirsty Hopley, Founder

Child Eyes supports the No More Page 3 campaign completely. Page 3 is a relic and should be confined to the history books. We aim to protect children from sexual images but with newspapers containing porn in wide circulation it means that no child is safe. Page Three can be seen in cafes, community centres, child ballpools, trains, buses and so on. This is a wholly unacceptable representation of women, is damaging to society and change is well overdue.

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Certain Curtain Theatre & Arts Against Abuse, Claire Moore, Director

We wholeheartedly support this campaign – Much of our work is concerned with raising awareness of violence against women and children. Page 3 is outdated, it sexualises and objectifies women in a newspaper that is accessible to the whole family. The messages Page 3 gives to young girls and boys is damaging to their sense of self-worth, beliefs about women and what is ‘normal’. Most women (more than 80% worldwide) will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their life. Street harassment limits people’s mobility and access to public spaces. In addition, A Society that views it’s women as objects is a society that can accept and commit violence against them – it is easier to abuse people who have been de-humanised. The hyper-sexualisation and objectification of women in The Sun adds to this. It is time for The Sun to take its corporate responsibilities seriously!

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BODY Charity, Lauren Benton, Founder

BODY charity 100% back the no more page three campaign. We continually see women of all ages who feel that the pressure to look a certain way has become too much. Every day the Sun newspaper print an outdated, sexist image which in our eyes is considered not only as soft porn, but as a bench mark for female body image. In this day and age we like to think that as a nation, we have moved on, putting an end to page 3 will in turn increase womens self esteem. Younger girls especially, are seeing images such as these and assuming them to be normal, it results in questioning their bodies, questioning their diets and their lifestyle. We’ve seen this in girls as young as 6 years old. A family read newspaper should be supporting our cause and work to silence low self esteem in relation to body image, not instilling it within the next generation.

 

Say no to childabuse

We must all work together and keep fighting to ensure women’s rights are pushed to the top of the political agenda and this is why the No More Page 3 campaign is so important. Younger girls are seeing images such as these and assuming them to be normal, it results in questioning their bodies, questioning their diets and their lifestyle and they are thinking they need to look like the ones in the Sun paper.

 

Great Men Value Women

It’s damaging to encourage young men to objectify the female form. What service are we doing boys by telling them that a woman’s place in a newspaper is to be bare-chested and ogled at? The stories adjoining page 3 are filled with sexual violence, which creates the impression that (in the world of The Sun) women are either sex objects or the victims of violence.

 We owe it to the great majority of men who love and respect women to do away with this out-dated phenomenon. It promotes the wrong idea about what men want, as much as it promotes the idea of women as recreational objects.

 

Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service

“Daily images of young women, bare chest, presented in such an accessible format, viewed by children as well as adults is not only irresponsible, but dangerous. In an increasingly sexualised society, we feel that it is important to acknowledge and recognise the valuable role played by women and girls in our society, which enters realms deeper than that of a sex object. We fully support the No More Page 3 campaign.”

 

Respect UK

‘Respect is about men and women working together to end domestic violence. We do not want the use of topless models to continue in The Sun.  We’re an organisation that works with both male and female victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.  We need more positive images and role models for young women and young men so that they can have healthy and non-abusive relationships. The sexual objectification of women’s bodies in the mainstream press – page 3 in The Sun being one example – runs counter to this and does not help to give positive messages about women’s bodily integrity.’

www.respectphoneline.org.uk    www.mensadviceline.org.uk

 

 The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers  Nyree Davis,

Public Relations Lead

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers is pleased to lend their unequivocal support to the No More Page 3 campaign.

 As a national charity running breastfeeding helplines and training programmes, we believe our work supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies is made all the harder by the presence of Page 3.

 Page 3’s objectification of women is offensive.  It is unacceptable to allow our daughters to believe that their only value lies in the way they look and in their sexual availability.  But this is about more than a simple issue of respect for women.   This view of women’s breasts as sexual objects leaves little room for their primary function – the nourishment and comfort of our babies.

 The 2010 Infant Feeding Survey showed exclusive breastfeeding rates at six months (the World Health Organisation’s recommendation) to stand at just 1%. The ABM knows from our work, that many of the reasons mums give for not breastfeeding – or not breastfeeding for longer – are tied up with the sexualisation of breasts.  There is a terrible irony to living in a country uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public but in which a national newspaper, seen by millions every day, carries a daily image of a woman showing far more than any breastfeeding mum ever would.

 The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers believes that the existence of Page 3 is damaging to breastfeeding.  We ask that Dominic Mohan listen to this growing band of campaigners, removes the anachronistic Page 3 and uses positive images of women in his newspaper instead.

 

Swansea Feminist Network

Page 3  perpetuates and encourages the continued objectification and sexualisation of  girls and women. In our misogynist society where male violence against women is  rife, it is essential to end Page 3, as part of the struggle to improve girls’  and women’s status in society.

 Page  3 promotes negative body image in girls and women, as the women portrayed are  usually white, medium breasted and thin. Additionally, it encourages unrealistic  beauty standards and pushes them on girls and women.

 As Page 3  contributes to a sexist culture where male objectification of women is  normalised, it must end for girls’ and women’s freedom to be  achieved.

 

Darlington & County Durham Rape Crisis.

As an organisation working daily to support women and girls, we unreservedly support the campaign to say ‘No More’ to Page 3. The fact that a national newspaper can run such sexualised images of women with no other cultural or artistic value clearly demonstrates the level to which women are routinely objectified in our media. We believe that by taking a stand against Page 3, we won’t just send a message to David Dinsmore, who is really the tip of the iceberg, but also to society and the media as a whole that women should not be treated as inferiors by our national press merely because they are women. It is far too easy for observers to dismiss campaigns such as these as ‘prudish’ or ‘out of touch’ – we believe this is a misinterpretation of its aims, and we support this campaign because of our commitment to a world in which the sexualisation and objectification of women no longer underpins a culture which allows inequality and violence against women and girls to persist all over the world. We recognise that the impact of media coverage is not just limited to the women depicted in this media, but also affects the worldview and value systems of those who consume the media, to the point where it has a damaging impact on the lives and relationships of women and girls.

 

Victim No More

As long as women are seen as sex objects for male gratification, a culture of rape and abuse will continue to be prevalent. Victim No More is a project which supports women after the effects of sexualised and domestic violence. As long as papers continue to justify their archaic views of ‘Page 3’ there will never be real change to attitudes in the objectification of women and girls.

 

The New Idealist Magazine

The New Idealist Magazine lend full support to this campaign to end the tacky sexualisation of women over the breakfast table, in the workplace, in the cafe, on the news-stand and wherever else The Sun is distributed.

As children we all read our parents newspapers and millions of children are growing up thinking it is normal to get your t*ts out to make money. Put it on the top shelf, add an age rating but just don’t call it “news” and put it in the front of a mainstream newspaper.

 

Population Matters – Simon Ross, Chief Executive

Population Matters believes that women’s empowerment and gender equality is essential for maternal and child health, overall human rights, economic development and, by enabling women to take control of their own fertility, stabilisation of human numbers.
The practice of presenting women solely as objects of casual sexual gratification by the Sun’s Page 3 undermines the quality of personal relationships, of women’s standing in society and ultimately of society itself.

Gigal Birmingham Women’s Refuge

Sex is used as a means of control for many victims of domestic violence, and when The Sun thinks it is appropriate to have semi-naked women in its pages, it is telling us that our worth is purely based on sex, a means of controlling us. If you display a woman as an object, she is one in a long line of women throughout the course of history that is nothing more than her body parts. She is reduced to something that is neither celebratory nor empowering.

It makes complete sense that everyone working with domestic violence should be behind the No More Page 3 campaign. 

Women’s Views on News, Jane Osmond and Sue Tapply, Managing Editors, WVoN

We wholeheartedly support the No More Page 3 campaign. In our view, the Sun’s page 3 represents the tip of a very sexist iceberg, and contributes to a continuum of sexual violence against women and girls, beginning with bare boobs in a newspaper and ending with women and girls being sexually attacked and murdered. At the heart of this continuum is ‘woman as a sexual object’. The success of this campaign will send a very clear signal to society that women should no longer be portrayed in this manner.

The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC)

The increased sexualisation of young women is an example of extreme gender inequality which both causes and stems from Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG). Pressure to conform, commercialism and social media are all contributing factors. Many have spoken about the difficulties in challenging stereotypical and unrealistic images presented in the media, as well as peer pressure to conform. The increased use of social media perpetuates views of how young women should look and act. It also allows anonymous comments and images to be posted of impressionable and vulnerable people. This is having a detrimental impact on young women.

Sexualised imagery is used to sell everything from computer games to grooming products. This type of advertising introduces people to the idea that women’s bodies are commodities from a very young age. The normalisation of this ‘hyper sexualisation’ and blurred lines between pop culture and porn culture are extremely dangerous.

“The media in general presents a really skewed view of sex and sexual relationships.”

Daily images of naked women perpetuate the culture of ‘normalisation’ of sexual imagery and the idea that women are reduced to no more than the sum total of their body parts is extremely dangerous.

The sexualisation of women and the normalisation of these types of images is impeding the progress towards gender equality. The SWC fully commends the work of No More Page 3 in attempting to bring an end to this culture.

ALSO, IN SUPPORT

 

The Women’s Sport Trust

 

 AVA (Against Violence & Abuse)

 

LIFT