Protest against 42 years of Page 3 sexism!
Last Saturday OBJECT and Turn Your Back on Page 3, together with other anti-Page 3 groups and activists, gathered outside News International HQ to protest against 42 years of Page 3 sexism. Our message was clear - 42 years of Page 3 sexism is 42 years too many!
We marked the occasion by delivering a 6ft birthday card covered in newspaper cuttings demonstrating the difference in how women and men are portrayed in our national tabloids.
The picture of the card was taken down by Facebook, despite the fact that these images were taken from unrestricted newspapers. If only it was as easy to remove such sexist images from our press...
Inside the card, supporters wrote their own personal messages, explaining why they object to this blatant discrimination of women in our press, and we attempted to deliver it to The Sun HQ. In response, News International called the police, only to find that upon arrival they ended up signing the No More Page 3 petition!
Thank you everyone who protested, and all of you who sent your messages of support. There is more to come, but what is clear is that tide is turning.
See pictures of the protest here
Read more about the protest here
Read the message of support from Clare Short here
More actions and events:
Feminist Lobby of Parliament: OBJECT were delighted to speak at the UK Feminista Lobby of Parliament, where we joined forces with other feminist groups and women politicians to demand that women's rights are placed firmly on the government agenda. We encouraged activists to lobby their MPs to tackle media sexism, and to ensure that issues related to the portrayal of women, and the reporting of violence against women, are addressed in all debates related to media reform. We were also honoured to contribute to films leading up to the lobby, alongside prominent feminist campaigners and academics.
See the film on women's representation here
See the film on ending violence against women and girls here
Response to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal: Read the joint response from women's groups, including OBJECT, regarding the way that the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal was handled by the media, and the need for an investigation into institutional sexism here
Rape Crisis Scotland: We were honoured to be invited to present workshops and to speak on the closing panel at the National Rape Crisis Scotland conference, and we look forward to more opportunities to work together to challenge rape culture.
Lap dancing and The Living Project: The Living Project had another inspiring meeting in November, providing a safe space in which women who have experienced harm in the lap dancing industry can meet together. Read here if you want to find out more about local campaigns against the spread of lap dancing clubs, and ways that you can take action against this form of commercial sexual exploitation.
More on media sexism: We continue to lobby for an end to sexism in our press - watch this space for the launch of our next initiatives to ensure that the voices and portrayal of women are not ignored!
Upcoming Dates for the Diary:
Reclaim the Night London: As ever, OBJECT are delighted to be supporting the London Feminist Network Reclaim the Night on Saturday November 24th. Join us as we march alongside thousands of women to close down central London and to raise our voices against male violence against women. (The march is for women, and the rally is mixed). Look out for the OBJECT banner and placards, and find out more here
Reclaim the Night Glasgow: This year we are also very much looking forward to taking part in the Rape Crisis Glasgow Reclaim the Night on Monday November 26th, the theme of which is tackling demand for commercial sexual exploitation. Find out more hereLondon Feminist Film Festival 2012: We are very happy to be supporting, and joining one of the panels at the London Feminist Film Festival 2012, which is a brand new festival running from November 29th - December 2nd aimed at celebrating feminist films by women directors from around the world. Find out more here
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