Hello all, and happy Friday!
This week I, Lisa, wrote a guest post for the blog of wonderful unisex children’s clothing Tootsa MacGinty. It’s a bit different to what we usually have here on H&P, but we think it’s a really important subject so we thought we’d share it with you too.
Last Summer Lucy Holmes set up the, now famous, No More Page 3 campaign.
In September she wrote for The Independent:
“I am not a campaigner. But I felt such passion for this issue, passion that burnt like a fire in my chest, that I felt I had to do something about it. During the Olympics I picked up a copy of The Sun to read on the train. The sun was shining and Britain was a place to be proud of. I noticed that there were no bare breasts on Page 3, or on Page 5. “Wow,” I thought. “They’ve dropped the boobs while the Olympics are on, possibly for editorial space, or perhaps as a mark of respect for all the different cultures visiting Britain.”
I felt very pleased they’d done this as I carried on reading. But then I got to page 13 and there she was, a beautiful young woman in just her pants. And it made me feel incredibly sad. Hers was the largest image of any woman in this issue. Much larger even than those of Jessica Ennis who had just won a team GB gold for her tremendous hard work…
What saddens me is the effect this ‘women as a sexual object’ culture has on young people. The Sun is our most widely read newspaper. Men across the land buy it, it lays on breakfast tables, it sits in living rooms for the TV guide, it’s found on trains and buses. Our sons and daughters see it. For the sons, they learn that it’s ‘normal’ to say ‘cor, look at the tits on that’ and for the daughters, they see this as something to aim for, or something that they fall short of.”
nb: For those reading our blog from overseas and perhaps not familiar with British tabloids; “The Sun”, as it states above, is (embarrassingly) Britain’s most widely read newspaper and has featured a large photo of a topless woman on it’s third page, every day since 1970!
We often comment on Tootsa MacGinty’s twitter feed regarding children being constantly bombarded with sexual imagery through advertising and the media.
Even in the local shop on the newsstand, tabloids are positioned right at the eye line of children.
See what Rap artist / Comedian, Doc Brown has to say on the matter:
It seems we have little control over protecting children from these derogatory images. Which is why we celebrate endeavours like that of Holmes. At the time of writing 132,062 people have signed the The No More Page Three petition. They need 867,938 more. There is still a lot of work to do.
The campaign has been supported by many “names” including Juliette Lewis, Lauren Laverne, and Russell Brand who recently tweeted, along with a photo of himself and a “No More Page3” t-shirt, “And finally, through the love of a good woman, teenage, sexist me was slain #nomorepage3”.
You can add your support by signing HERE.
In July of last year spoken word poet Hollie McNish wrote “Embarrassed” – a fantastic piece of work fuelled by her anger regarding society’s view of breastfeeding.
After being told to “stay home” by someone as she breastfed in public, she wrote the poem ‘hiding’ in a public toilet after her 6 month old had fallen asleep. She too highlights the contradiction of a society that seems to accept nudity when it’s sexualised but not otherwise.
(Hollie McNish is currently touring. Details of live dates here)
More and more the dichotomy is coming into clear focus and it seems that, thankfully, tides are turning on opinion. It’s no longer acceptable. And we are so grateful to these intelligent and pioneering women and men who are making it so. We don’t want young girls to think that exposing themselves is part of being a woman, and we don’t want young boys to think it’s acceptable to expect that either.
Below: @NoMorePage3 regularly re-tweet the reasons campaigners give for signing.
@RattyG tweeted this adorable photo of her with her daughter and the caption: “With my number one reason to sign”
So we too are donning our cosy sweatshirt (get yours here) as this is one band wagon we’re definitely jumping on!
Well, that’s definitely food for thought eh? We’d love to hear if you have any opinions on the matter, we’re sure you do!
have a fantastic weekend everyone
Handsome and Pretty