Bradford Murders - Take Action


 
In light of the tragic Bradford murders of three women in prostitution, we are calling on you to lobby key political figures to ensure that they adopt the best possible measures to tackle prostitution and that they reject renewed calls to further legitimise this

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Sport Newspaper: Ceases Trading


On April 1st, after months of financial difficulty, the Daily and Sunday Sport Newspapers ceased publication, with their parent company, Sport Media Group, facing liquidation:
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.aspsectioncode=1&storycode=46915&c=1  

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Don't let the lap dancing industry weaken our hard won reforms



Download a template response for you to adapt here
 

Thank you for all your wonderful support for OBJECT and the Fawcett Society's campaign to stop lap dancing clubs being licensed like cafes. Thanks to your efforts the Policing and Crime...


Victory as Parliament takes a stand against sexual exploitation in lap dancing and prostitution.

 
Equality campaigners announce two major victories in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation as Parliament passes the Policing and Crime Bill (1).
 
In a move that has been described as one of
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 Press release from UK Feminista and OBJECT


 


“Eff Off Hef!”: Feminists protest against new London Playboy Club

 

Feminist campaigners are to stage protests at the opening of a new Playboy Club in London ’s Mayfair on 26th May (1) and 4th June (2). Convened by OBJECT (3) and UK Feminista (4),

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Job Centres - To Stop Carrying Ads for the Sex Industry


From Aug 3rd 2010, Job Centre Pluses will no longer carry advertising for jobs in the sex industry. This will include ads for any work which 'provides sexual stimulation', whether or not physical contact occurs, and will apply to jobs in the lap
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 Fantastic Feminist Fridays! 


On Friday March 26th activists in Manchester, Portsmouth and London descended upon their local Tesco to protest about the sale of sexist lads' mags in a family supermarket.

Tesco recently banned shoppers from wearing pyjamas at some of their stores for reasons of...

 Feminist Friday Take 3: WH Smiths Liverpool Street - You've Been OBJECTed To!!


12 activists and a photographer descended upon the two WH Smiths in Liverpool Street station on Friday to celebrate the third national Feminist Friday by covering the entire lads' mags displays with paper bags and
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Stripping the Illusion DVD and Resource Pack

Get your copy of OBJECT's new DVD of short video testimony of women who have worked in the lap dancing industry - Stripping the Illusion: The Lap Dancing Industry Exposed.The film is the result of a collaboration between OBJECT and women formerly in lap

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Home Office sexualisation review calls for improved regulation of lads' mags 


Fri 26 Feb

Today the Home Office published its review on the sexualisation of young people with specific calls to introduce tougher regulation of lads' mags.

The report : REF   specifically calls for 'lads' mags to be...
 

Nominations for OBJECT's Board of Directors 


OBJECT is currently looking for candidates interested in putting themselves forward to join our Board of Director (voting will take place at our AGM, Annual General Meeting, on Sat April 2nd 2011.)


Anyone who wants to stand for election must:


1. Be an

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Major Retailers to place Lads Mags 'on Top Shelf'


Major Retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op and BP Petrol Stations have announced that they will sell lads mags on the top shelf or cover them up.

This move follows years of campaigning by OBJECT and a recent initiative by...


 Lap Dancing - Existing Clubs will not be Licensed as Cafes

Today, the Government announced its decision that local authorities will no longer be compelled to license any lap dancing club as a cafe but can instead consider them as a form of sex establishment.

Although it had already been announced
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Lap Dancing - get your council to adopt new licensing


Thanks to your efforts, the Policing and Crime Act came into force on April 6th 2010 making it possible for councils to stop licensing lap dancing clubs like cafes, but instead to be able to regulate them as part of the sex industry. This new

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Lobby Hackney Council to set a nil-limit on lap dancing clubs



Hackney Councilhave proposed a nil-limit for lap dancing clubs (sexual entertainment venues) due to popular support and because of the numerous problems associated with them (1).


This would mean closing down all lap dancing clubs in
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Hackney Caps Number of Lap Dancing Clubs


After months of lobbying by OBJECT, residents, local groups and others Hackney Council has decided to cap the number of lap dancing clubs that may operate in the borough.

In effect, the Council has adopted a form of 'nil policy' (which allows zero clubs in the...

Lap Dancing - Lobby your council now with OBJECT's Guides



Since April 2010 local authorities have had the option to stop licensing lap dancing clubs like cafes and instead regulate them as part of the sex industry.

OBJECT has now published two toolkits to help you lobby your local authority to
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Eaves and OBJECT press release 24.06.09


First ever UK campaign challenging the demand for prostitution


The UK’s first campaign challenging the demand for prostitution was launched today at a high-profile event in Portcullis House.

The Demand Change! Campaign, a joint initiative between women’s...
 
MARCH EVENTS

It is the 100th Anniversary of International Women's day this March - and there is an action packed calendar of events across the UK. We have highlighted just some of the events we will be at. We hope to see you there!


Million Women Rise  -  Sat 5 March

Join OBJECT at Million Women Rise - the
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Lap dancing licensing reforms pass to House of Lords but roundly criticised for being too weak


 

The Policing and Crime Bill received its Report Stage/ 3rd Reading on 19.05.09 and saw MPs forcefully call on the Government to strengthen lap dancing licensing reforms. MPs Lynda Waltho (Lab), David...

OBJECT Press Release

                                                                 

NEW FILM EXPOSES LAP DANCING INDUSTRY     1.07.09


Women formerly in lap dancing tonight spoke out about the high levels of exploitation and sexual harassment rife within UK lap dancing clubs, to mark the premiere of OBJECT’s (1) new short film in Parliament.  ‘Stripping the...

Press release from OBJECT 29.05.09

New OBJECT report calls for urgent action to tackle sexualisation of women and girls


‘Joining up the Dots’
(pdf) a new report published today by OBJECT calls on the Government to take tough action to address the growing sexualisation of women in the media and...
                                                                                
                                                                                                   

Government urged to stop advertising sex industry ads



On Thursday March 26th OBJECT coordinated a protest outside what was branded 'Pimpcentre Plus' to campaign against government sanctioning of commercial sexual exploitation. The government currently allows Jobcentre Plus (JC+) to advertise sex

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Flawed lap dancing reforms: take action now!


The Government has pledged to reform the licensing of lap dancing clubs by allowing councils to licence them as 'sex encounter venues'. However the reforms will be optional (so councils will have no requirement to adopt them) and contain a

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Feminist Fridays


OBJECT activists recently held their first Feminist Friday to campaign against lads' mags being sold as part of the mainstream media. It was a great success! We wrote slogans on paper bags saying things like 'This magazine is sexist, don't buy it', 'Women are human too', 'This

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Local authorities call on government to plug holes in lap dancing licensing reforms


Licensing officials and councillors from across the country met with MPs and Peers at a Local Authority Evidence Hearing on Tuesday 31st March to urge the government to strengthen proposed reforms to lap dancing

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Students OBJECT to Objectification


Women's Officers passed a motion at NUS Women's Conference in Coventry this month to add their support to OBJECT and the Stripping the Illusion Campaign.The motion also calls on NUS Women's campaign to help raise awareness about the harmful effects that the

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Trade unions add their support


UNISONWomen's Conference recently passed a motion to support the Stripping the Illusion campaignand affiliate with OBJECT to help raise awareness about the realities of the porn and sex industries. The motion is hopefully now being taken to UNISON National

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OBJECT Awarded


In 2009, OBJECT was honoured to receive not one but two prestigious awards as well as being 'highly commended' in another!


Capacity Builders Award

October 2009: OBJECT was thrilled to be awarded a prestigious Government-backed Capacity Builders Award after having been nominated by

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Events


Feminism and Porn Culture
                        

A Decade of Porn Culture: Is it Time to Put Feminism back into Public Life?
Wed 20 Jan 2010
6-8pm

Speakers: Diane Abbott, MP; Caitlin Moran, Times Colunmnist; Susie Orbach, psychoanalyst and writer and Dr Sasha Rakoff, Director OBJECT

Podcast

YouTube (Highlights)
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OBJECT PETITION CALLS FOR ANTI-SEXISM MEDIA REGULATION


OBJECT has launched an online petition to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to introduce anti-sexism regulation for the media. This should recognise lads' mags and newspapers like The Sport as part of the pornography industry and
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Follow OBJECT for free on Twitter!


Be sure to be kept up to date with the exciting progression of OBJECT campaigns and make sure that you always know about the next Feminist Friday, protest, petition or stunt by recieving short regular updates from OBJECT for free via email or or your mobile...

OBJECT TO SUPPORT RALLY PROTESTING AGAINST MISS ENGLAND 2009


On July 20th 2009 Mind the Gap London Student Feministsare organising a rally to protest against Miss England 2009. The rally will mark the 40th anniversary of bold feminist activism which succeeded in challenging sexist beauty

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A Season of Lobbying


We have been busy over the Autumn speaking at party, trade union and activist conferences...


Local Government Conference


OBJECT  spoke at the Local Government Association Conference. This powerful lobbying body, representing local authorities across England and Wales, has been a
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Peers to Decide on Changes to Lap Cancing Club Licensing


Press release from the Fawcett Society and OBJECT

Tomorrow (3/11/09) members of the House of Lords will decide whether to strengthen reforms to the way lap dancing clubs are licensed (1). A coalition of organisations led by the Fawcett

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Criminal records for punters from 1 April – awareness-raising stunt  

 

From 1 April 2010 it will be illegal to buy sex from a person who is exploited (1).
 
To mark this historic occasion and to raise awareness of the new law, the Demand Change! campaign held an awareness-raising stunt in central
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Ex-lap dancers, Hackney residents and leading women’s rights and equality organisations urge Hackney to set a nil-limit for Sexual Entertainment Venues in the borough.

Hackney council is currently consulting (1) on whether to set a nil-limit on Sexual Entertainment Venues (2) under new licensing laws

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Sexualisation of Young People Review supports OBJECT's calls on tackling the Media


Today the Home Office published its Review on the Sexualisation of Young Peoplewith wide-ranging recommendations to address the media.

The Review specifically cites OBJECT and recommends many of the measures OBJECT has

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 STOP US PORN FRANCHISE 'GIRLS GONE WILD' FROM COMING TO THE UK


'Girls Gone Wild' is a US porn franchise, founded by convicted criminal Joe Francis, which targets young women in night clubs to strip and have sex on camera in exchange for cheap merchandise.   

Mantra Films, the producer of 'Girls Gone
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Student and Trade Unions back OBJECT and the Demand Change! campaign


OBEJCT and Eaves ran a small but successful workshop on the Demand Change! campaign at the TUC women’s conference in Eastbourne. The film of the voices from survivors of prostitution was really powerful (you can order a copy from...

Violence against women policies announced - have your say! 


Each year over 3 million UK women  experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation and trafficking, female genital mutilation or crimes in the name of honour. The End Violence Against Women Coalition...

Take action! Lobby the new Home Secretary Alan Johnson for stronger lap dancing licensing reforms


Lap dancing licensing reforms as campaigned for by OBJECT and the Fawcett Society were introduced in a Home Office Bill (the Policing and Crime Bill) by Rt.Hon.Jacqui Smith MP. However following her

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MPs to debate lap dancing licensing reforms


The Policing and Crime Billwill receive its 3rd Reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday 19th May. OBJECT, Fawcett Society, human rights organisations, local authorities and MPs are calling for the reforms to be universally applied across England and...
 

BREAKING NEWS: Victory as Peers vote for women, not pimps and punters!

 

The Demand Change! Campaign is delighted to announce a major victory for women exploited by the sex industry, as last night the House of Lords voted in favour of Clause 14 (formerly 13) of the Policing & Crime Bill, putting the

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