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August 17, 2013

Union backs ‘No more Page 3′ campaign

Filed under: Uncategorized, Blogroll, News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 8:04 pm

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has added its support to the ‘No More Page 3′ campaign - with a flashmob invasion of its recent annual conference in Liverpool. Dancers, dressed in campaign t-shirts, surprised 2,000 delegates with a flashmob performance of the campaign’s dance. To the tune of YMCA, 30 dancers called on the conference to support the campaign to rid the best-selling tabloid Sun of its sexist pictures of women.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, said: ‘We’re proud to support this campaign to end an out-of-date objectification of women. Rupert Murdoch’s claim that working class people don’t care about Page 3 is not only patronising, it is wrong. Through unions, working class people have led the way in battling sexism and campaigning for equality.’

Lisa Clarke, from No More Page 3, who led the flashmob, said: ‘It is so important that people stand up and say “no” to the sexism rife in today’s media. We believe that the objectification of women and the reduction of 50 per cent of the population to nothing but a pair of breasts has a detrimental effect on everyone. One of the places people are often exposed to these images is in the workplace, even though equality legislation outlaws similar content on posters or calendars at work. When this is in a national newspaper, it is far more difficult to object to or speak out about it and be taken seriously. People are now finally speaking out and it’s going to be very hard to ignore 1.3 million public sector workers isn’t it?’

• See http://nomorepage3.org/news/press-release-from-unison/.

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