COULD THIS BE THE END OF THE SUN'S PAGE THREE?
With the promising reports that the Sun may be changing its policy of showing Topless Models on Page Three, Object is calling on the other Red Tops to follow suit and News Corp to review its wider role as a major distributer of online pornography.
Object is concerned that there are significant links between sexual objectification, pornography and violence against women and girls.
Speaking today, Object Chief Executive Officer, Roz Hardie, said:
"We welcome this development but it is just a start. Although differing in level and varying in extent, a common theme found to run through the Sun, the Daily Star and the Sport is portrayal of women as sex objects - a sum of body parts which exist for the sole purpose of sexual titillation. This has been exemplified by the 'Page 3' feature shared by all three of these publications. These images depict young women as topless, and sometimes entirely nude, in sexualised and provocative poses.
Such images stem from what would usually be considered pornographic material. These sexualised images are not always restricted to the third page of publications and in the case of the Daily Star and The Sport they are often on the front covers.
Our evidence to Leveson demonstrated other common themes including a trivialisation and eroticisation of sexual violence and links to the sex industry through numerous adverts for sex web cams, pornographic DVDs and 'escort agencies'. It is important to note that NONE of these publications are age-restricted and that they are all displayed at child's eye level next to ordinary newspapers. This undermines Government efforts to reduce the sexualisation of young people through its current endorsement of the Bailey Review."
Notes to editors
End Violence Against Women Briefing on Pornography and Violence against women and girls http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/data/files/resources/65/EVAW-Briefing-on-Porn-and-VAWG.pdf
Object submission to Leveson Inquiry
Bailey Review : Letting Children Be Children
Object is a grassroots campaigning movement against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture.