Lads Mags Demo at New Labour Conference
Posted by charliegrrl on September 25, 2006
Northwest Feminists, Object and White Ribbon demonstrated at the New Labour Conference this Sunday, to call for Lads Mags and The Sport to be sold on top shelf and for their sale and display to be responsibly regulated.
At present, Lads Mags and The Sport are sold in most newsagents, supermarkets and in many high street shops, such as WHSmith, Woolworths, HMV, Borders…
Most often, they are not sold on the top shelf, and put on prominent display, despite being misogynistc and pornographic. They are often displayed next to children’s comics and teenage girls’ magazines.
People within the G-Mex conference centre sat on the steps opposite us and listened to what we had to say. The public were very supportive. Tony Blair took time out of the conference to demonstrate how so (un) empowering it is to strip naked for male titillation.
The only trouble we got was from the police… The police threatened to arrest a demonstrator cos some of the lads mags quotes she was shouting through a megaphone, were too obscene to be said in public…
NW Feminist: “Maxim have come up with variation of ‘MILF’…
‘DILF’…Daughter I’d Like to Fuck and
‘GILF’…Granddaughter I’d Like to Fuck”*
The Police: You cannot say ‘fuck’ in public”
They then warned her under the Public Order Act and forced her to give them her full name and address, and threatened to arrest her when she refused.
NW Feminist: “Maxim says, ‘How to Seduce a Girl with Pity, because just having a cock and being able to stick it in them often isn’t good enough”**
Police: “We have already warned you, you cannot say things like that. A young boy has just walked past with his Dad.”
NW Feminist: “That young boy is able to buy Maxim from a shop and read such offensive stuff himself.”
So, the content of lads mags is considered too obscene for the public, and shouting them is a public order offence…but they are not considered top shelf material.
See more photos in the photo section!
Thanks to Stormy, Naomi, Charlie, Sasha, Rebecca, Helen, Kat, Jen, Sue, Alex, Alice, Lou, Michelle, Louise, Chloe, Matthew, Jonny, Aileen and Chris Green from White Ribbon!
*Maxim Sep 06 pg 11
**Maxim Sep 06 pg 27