Transgender Equality: What Next?
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I was one of a group of about eight feminists who attended the event Transgender Equality: What Next? on Tuesday night in London (Sept 13), having been invited to attend presumably because we had all made written submissions to the trans … Read More

How Legislation Protects Women-Only Spaces – New Legal Briefing
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A new legal briefing on how legislation protects women-only spaces and services has been drawn up by specialist lawyer Louise Whitfield. This overview of existing legislation outlines the specific areas where women have legal rights under the protected characteristic ‘sex’ … Read More

Not Buying It: Porn And Sex Ads In Newspapers
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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is currently considering whether to bring a class action against porn and sex advertisements in British tabloid newspapers, specifically The Sport which runs hundreds of these ads in every issue, but also free newspapers such … Read More

Maria Miller’s Report Puts Feminists In An Impossible Position
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Maria Miller has stated that she is ‘taken aback’ by the ”hostility’ towards the government’s recent transgender report from ‘purported feminists.’ She says: “I think that all of us who are feminists know that equality for other groups of people, … Read More

New Government Guidelines Jeopardise the Safety of Women and Girls
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The new government guidelines on the provision of services for transgender customers, recently introduced by Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women & Equalities, during Parliamentary Questions in the House of Commons, should be a wake-up call to all those concerned with … Read More

#GE2015: Where Do We Stand On the Prostitution Debate?
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Prostitution policy is not a major election issue here in the UK but the overall policy we adopt will have a big societal impact, in particular on the status and equality of women. The debate centres around two options: either … Read More

So Page 3 Has Gone. What’s the Big Deal?
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The Sun dropped Page 3 earlier this year after 44 years of the daily feature, so what’s the big deal? Why such a big fuss about what was just an image in a newspaper? We live in an image-saturated culture … Read More

How to Talk to Your Teenagers About Porn
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Most teenage boys – and many girls – will experiment with pornography. It’s one of those ‘as long as I don’t have to know about it’ things for a lot of parents – but what if you’re suddenly confronted by … Read More

A Conversation About Respect
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I was on a radio show recently, talking about the joint No More Page 3 and Child Eyes campaign Top Shelf Porn Papers, and on with me, arguing the case for the defence, was a man called Benedict. Benedict didn’t … Read More

Tabloid Soft Porn – It’s a Child Protection Issue
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It was about fifteen years ago that I first noticed my three little boys gazing at an up-skirt shot on the front of the Star newspaper; and fifteen years ago that I made my first complaint to a store manager. … Read More

Debating Access to Soft Porn With Sainsbury’s CEO
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I was one of the first two names called up by Chairman David Tyler at the Sainsbury’s AGM on July 9th, and was second to speak. This was my question to the board: “I have always had great regard for … Read More

What’s Wrong With Objectification?
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Objectification of women is a term we’ve been hearing now since the days of women’s liberation in the Sixties; some feminists say it’s an outdated term and we shouldn’t be using it anymore, some say men will always objectify women, … Read More

Let’s Talk About Breasts Baby
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I would like us women to reclaim our breasts. As a No More Page 3 campaigner I hear a lot of arguments about breasts in reaction to the commercial use of them, and one of the most common views, used … Read More

‘Ban Bossy’ is All Very Well But What About the Other Words That Stifle Girls’ Ambition?
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So, Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice and Anna Maria Chávez have launched a campaign calling on us to ‘Ban Bossy’, and celebs from Beyoncé to Victoria Beckham are backing the cause. I have to admit, my first reaction was to snort … Read More

Sensationalist Reporting of Sex Crimes – It’s Time We Held the Tabloids to Account
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The Sun newspaper’s front page splash on January 7th proclaimed: ‘I was sex slave in Fred West’s old house’. This was the titillating headline with which the newspaper chose to introduce the horrific story of a young woman who was … Read More

Portrayal of Women in the Media and the No More Page 3 Campaign
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Newspapers both reflect and create mainstream cultural values – what we allow in our newspapers is what we accept as a society. A newspaper is not a niche publication aimed at one group, but a national public source of news … Read More

Time to Listen to Young Women
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Last week, the Girl Guides made an eloquently simple statement about why they support the No More Page 3 campaign. I think it’s time we gave these young women our serious attention. The objection I still hear from some parents … Read More

Why I’m a Feminist and Support No More Page 3
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It was 1971 when I first saw Page 3, I was twelve and flicking through the newspapers at home. It felt like a huge slap in the face. My next memory is the workmen at my school showing it to … Read More