This month the Girlguiding movement publicly gave its support to a campaign to urge UK newspaper The Sun to drop its page three topless pin-ups.
The Sun has been featuring topless models (known as Page Three Girls) in its papers since 1970 and has featured an online version since 1999. For some time this feature has been seen in many eyes as out of date and derogatory towards women. After a poll of Girl Guides resulted in almost 90% voting in favour of banning the feature of topless models in the newspaper, the movement took action and wrote a strongly opinionated letter to The Sun’s editor Dominic Mohard, stating:
It is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you aren't the same as your male equivalent. It is disrespectful and embarrassing. We need to get used to the idea that women are not for sale.
The guides also added their signatures to a petition to remove the feature. The idea of a poll among members of the association was that of 17 year-old guide Katie Wormald and the Guides have now adopted the campaign as part of their official policy. The organisation stated that 'as a leading UK newspaper The Sun should be promoting positive role models to inspire girls and young women. To add your support there is more information on the Girlguiding website.
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