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27th June Protest against Lads Mags and The Sport

Posted by charliegrrl on June 20, 2006

Ten Minute Rule Bill
Claire Curtis Thomas MP, will be reading a Bill in Parliament, for the regulation of ‘unrecognised’ porn, as in lads mags and The Daily Sport. It starts at 2pm.
Get yourself there!

Contact ido@object.org.uk

For those who can’t make it to the protest…
There are ways we can still show our support and voice our concerns.

  • Email/Write/Phone Lads Mags and The Sport:explain that there is a debate in Parliament today; explain the reasons why you consider their publications to be pornographic; explain why it is inappropriate to have degrading images of women in clear view; complain about their misogyny…
  • Organise a demonstration outside your local WHSmith, Woolworths, HMV or any other retailer you feel appropriate…
  • Demonstrate outside the Sports Head Office in Manchester
  • Hold a stall in a central location, give out leaflets etc…
  • Email your MP to highlight the debate and voice your support

Contact details are available in the ‘Complaining’ post.

Please note you do not have to ask permission from the police to hold a demonstration outside a shop. Just don’t obstruct entry to the shop…

If you email/ring/write, don’t give them your full name and don’t give any other personal details as they have been known to harass people who criticise them.

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8 Responses to “27th June Protest against Lads Mags and The Sport”

  1. Anonymous said

    Can you please have the decency and self-respect to take down your ‘anarchobabe’ profile picture?

    I understand that being a bunch of censorious puritans you must be in desperate need of some borrowed credibility, but it’s a funny sort of anarchist who campaigns for a Bill aimed at establishing a government Office for regulating print media.

  2. I do not consider myself to be a ‘censorious puritan’, I object to women being portrayed in a degrading manner that reduces them to sexual objects for male viewing. I am not striving to ban lads mags, I am striving for a world in which people don’t portray women in a degrading manner and make money from it. I am not against sexual imagery in which women are portrayed as human beings with desires and they are not exploited through this.

    I understand the point about the conflict between my anarchism and my feminist activism on lads mags. Currently porn is regulated and age-restricted. My issue is that lads mags and porn papers are not considered ‘porn’. They should be.

    I feel something needs to be done about lads mags and this is the best way forward.

    It’s the argument about voting…anarchists don’t believe in voting…but it’s better to vote to stop the Conservatives getting in.

  3. anna said

    ” censorious puritans ”
    What the f*** is this about?
    “censorious puritans” sorry but i had to repeat it, where is this person from?

  4. delphyne said

    There’s obviously some manarchists out there who can’t live without sexually degrading pictures of women. Is that what anarchy is about – leaving men free to practice their obnoxious sexism? Or maybe it’s about supporting companies who make shedloads of money selling these images.

    Right on, brother. Your manarchist buddies and the lads at Nuts and Zoo must be so proud.

    Great site charliegrrl.

  5. Anonymous said

    Let’s be clear about this: there is currently no government regulation of the print media. It is all informal. If you want to extend self-regulation I’ve no problem.

    But this:

    Ten minute Rule Motion: Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas: Sexually Explicit Material (Regulation of Sale and Display); That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish an Office for the Regulation of the Sale and Display of Sexually Explicit Material; to require the Office to regulate the sale and display of such material; and for connected purposes.

    Is deeply regressive and if you are anachists, you’re clearly not behaving like them.

    Anna – ‘censorious puritans’ sounds pretty accurate to me. ‘Censorious’, because you’re campaigning for censorship. ‘Puritans’ because you’re targeting sexually explicit material. Charliegrrl may not be against respectful sexual imagery, but maybe she should have a word with Ms. Curtis-Thomas – because that’s not a distinction which is currently in the Bill.

    delphyne – You’re making yourself look like a pseud. Anarchy isn’t about sexism, but it certainly isn’t about campaigning for government regulation of print material.

    Please, just think about what you’re campaigning for. It’s fundamental that the government isn’t involved in regulating books, newpapers and magazines. Getting them out that business was a great victory. I just don’t believe that a bunch of self proclaimed anarchist are saying Something Must Be Done and campaigning in favour of it. You just couldn’t make it up…

  6. Anonymous said

    I have been reading your suggestions for taking action regarding lads mags, you say not to give your name or personal details. Can you expand on the kind of harrassment? Also how should I end the letter? I’m worried that leaving off personal details might reduce the credibility (actually I have no doubt the kind of reception my letter might have, all the more reason to send it I think!) Thanks

  7. Anonymous said

    Some forums which are discussing this bill.

    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/2006/06/top_shelf_material.html

    http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=2302&&&edition=1&ttl=20060627205645

  8. For information on harassment towards people who complain about lads mags, see pages 12 and 13 of the following report by Object.

    http://object.slp-a.com/documents/Lads_Mags_Exposed.pdf

    (Sorry, you’ll have to copy and paste the link as links won’t work in the comments for some reason)

    There is a link to Object on this blog where you can access their reports.

    I would recommend ending the letter by only giving your first name or a false name. Doing this won’t reduce the credibility of your letter.

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