Leeds shoppers urged to join page three fight

Bea Wakefield (left) and Kim Darwood. PIC: Simon Hulme
Bea Wakefield (left) and Kim Darwood. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Bare Boobs aren’t news. That’s the message from campaigners who are urging Leeds shoppers to sign a petition demanding an end to Page 3.

Kim Darwood and Bea Wakefield, leaders of the Leeds branch of No More Page 3 (NMP3), want newspaper executives to stop publishing daily pictures of topless women.

And they are calling on the people of Leeds to join the fight and add their names to more than 205,842 who have already signed the petition, aimed at persuading the editor of The Sun – Britain’s best-selling tabloid – to drop the 44-year-old feature.

Campaigners believe it conditions readers to see women as sex objects and think sexualised images should be in adult publications, rather than alongside news stories.

Bea, a customer service assistant, said: “I think the fact it’s in a newspaper clearly insinuates that whatever a woman might achieve, her primary purpose is to be sexually desirable to men and that our achievements are secondary.”

The campaign, launched two years ago by writer and actress Lucy Holmes. has gained support from MPs, plus celebrities such as Caitlin Moran and organisations including Mumsnet, Rape Crisis and The Royal College of Midwives.

The Sun’s owner Rupert Murdoch recently took to Twitter to canvas public opinion on Page 3, giving campaigners hope that victory might be on the horizon.

Find out more and sign the petition at Lush, Leeds, on Saturday, September 27, between noon and 3pm.

Members of the reformed writing club Savage, pictured at Temple Works (Temple Mill), on Marshall Street, Holbeck, Leeds. Pictured (left to right) Robert St-John Smith, Peter Etherington, Heather Lloyd, Phil Kirby, Maria Protopapadaki-Smith (correct), Ivor Tymchak and Jamie Newman.

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