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To slip a load of anti-page 3 flyers into The Sun at work

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avocadotoast Thu 30-Oct-14 13:47:07

This is probably just a rant, I doubt I'd actually do it, but... I am fed up of seeing Page 3 in the kitchen at work. Someone will buy The Sun, and then leave it around, and you're eating a sandwich, and there's boobs in your eye... It's just not nice to be faced with sexism while you're trying to eat, is it?!

I really want to get hold of some anti-page 3 flyers and stick them inside the copies that are left around for the next person that opens it.

Does (would?) anyone else feel the same, or am I just full of pregnancy hormones/unnecessary rage?

MelanieCheeks Thu 30-Oct-14 13:48:13

Would it change anything? Have you spoken to the person who buys the copy or copies?

Thehedgehogsong Thu 30-Oct-14 13:48:49

I would!

avocadotoast Thu 30-Oct-14 13:49:29

I don't know who buys it tbh (although a lot of people do read it, and pass it on to someone else when they're done).

avocadotoast Thu 30-Oct-14 13:49:47

And no, I doubt it'd do anything, but it might make me feel better grin

LadyLuck10 Thu 30-Oct-14 13:50:12

You are being ridiculous. Can you really stop someone else from reading whatever they want? Not sure who gives you the right to. Simply not look at it? It doesn't have to stare at you, you can fold it or walk away.

EEVEElution Thu 30-Oct-14 13:53:16

You are NOT being ridiculous. I personally hate that there is such blatant sexism in such a mainstream paper. I'm not sure what I'd do about it though.

LovleyRitaMeterMaid Thu 30-Oct-14 13:53:44

I would. Have you seen the No More Page 3 campaign? They might have something you can print off.

It's fucking ridiculous we're subjected to sexualized images over a morning cuppa. Just not buying it doesn't solve the problem.

News not boobs!

avocadotoast Thu 30-Oct-14 13:58:12

Thing is though, LadyLuck, I'm not trying to stop people reading what they want. The thing that gets me is that if, for example, someone brought in a copy of FHM and sat reading it and left it lying around, they'd no doubt be told they were unprofessional and to remove it. But yet The Sun seems to be ok. It's just weird to me.

MelanieCheeks Thu 30-Oct-14 14:02:26

Have you an HR person you can discuss it with, on the "unprofessional" angle?

NiceCupOfTeaAndAPartyRing Thu 30-Oct-14 14:14:40

Do it. Do iiiiittt.
Nothing irks me more than Page 3. It's the sheer casualness of the whole thing. And yet more proof that 'Don't like it? Don't buy it' mentality simply doesn't work. You could just do what my boyfriend does at his garage and sharpie out the boobs with 'Is this news? #NoMorePage3'
And LadyLuck, why should she have to walk away? To be honest I can't believe we're having this conversation in 2014. You've got my support OP.

Territt16 Thu 30-Oct-14 14:23:56

Get over it and read your own paper?

ILovePud Thu 30-Oct-14 15:32:26

Graffiti some clothes on the models!

limitedperiodonly Thu 30-Oct-14 16:28:18

YANBU to be annoyed but I don't know how far putting leaflets in is going to get you if posters, who are presumably women, are calling you ridiculous.

I shared a desk with a man who would leave Nuts, Zoo and FHm about. I don't think he was intending to be offensive. He was just a thoughtless wanker. Quite literally.

Firstly, there was the idea that he used to leave stuff around on our shared desk instead of clearing it ready for me. He'd also leave other litter - sports sections - from two days' worth of papers and we got them all. That's a lot of old newspaper that he presumably expected me to throw away for him.

How rude is that? I'd always clear away at the end of my shift because that's polite when you share a desk, isn't it?His wife had left him. Are you beginning to see why?

Secondly, I found those titty wank mags really upsetting. I tried reading them, thinking there might be quite amusing articles, particularly in FHm. No. It was really fucking offensive and hateful.

I have to say I find Page 3 less offensive than those. Not that you're being unreasonable to object.

Another place where I worked when I was much younger had 'glamour' pix up in a male-dominated zone. They were photographers. They didn't upset me as such, but I noticed them and I wasn't the only one - men who didn't work in that dept were uneasy too.

Two of the three male photographers were actually very nice. One was very strange. Their dept was treated like going in a 1970s workshop. The pictures were a definite challenge - it was an us and them mentality - they were photographers, we weren't.

They were real men, our men weren't. I don't know why they wanted to be seen as such.

Two of the photographers were very skilled - a normal one and and strange one. The normal one used to admire soft-porny pix of that kind of Pirelli calendar, Herb Ritts shit. I liked him a lot. Wish he didn't.

AnyoneForTardis Thu 30-Oct-14 16:55:33

as long as the young pert ladeeez are willing and wanting to flash their boobs the sun will keep on printing them.

I don't know why people call it sexism when the girls aren't forced to shed their clothes, they do it willingly, for the sun and all the lads mags.

and on the other side what abiout the topless firemen calendar things around?

KatherinaMinola Thu 30-Oct-14 17:02:08

I'd mention it to HR. Nude calendars aren't allowed in workplaces anymore (sexual harassment), so these images shouldn't be left lying around either.

ilovesooty Thu 30-Oct-14 17:05:44

Just make your colleagues aware that you don't want it left lying around and you'd rather they didn't leave it in communal areas.
If that task is too big due to the size of the workforce ask HR to convey the message.
Sounds far more professional than sticking a load of ranty leaflets inside and creating more unnecessary litter.

kali110 Thu 30-Oct-14 17:14:30

I haven't got a problem with them. They were would be bought up to my work canteen too. I read them, iv bought them too. I'v found them funny.i have no problem with page3.

calla23 Thu 30-Oct-14 17:15:17

Just bin it if it's been left lying around.

limitedperiodonly Thu 30-Oct-14 17:15:42

What people choose to do for a living isn't the issue AnyoneForTardis

It's what's acceptable in a workplace and this isn't. OP doesn't like it and neither do I.

It should be no less of a problem than leaving racist literature around at work and no more than leaving litter or dirty crockery.

If someone wants to go to the barricades for their right to view Page 3 at work and leave it around, then let them do it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 30-Oct-14 17:16:59

Print out a few pics of male underwear models and stick those in

ChickenMe Thu 30-Oct-14 18:37:55

Op I share your rage. Something about being preg makes me feel even more annoyed about sexism. If I have a DD I don't want her to have to put up with this crap.
I don't think page three consuming men will understand how it makes you feel as a female to see these sorts of images. Well, it makes me feel affronted. Reduces you to a piece of arse (or tits).
Have you ever been into a workplace where topless/sexual images of women were pinned up? I have. It made me feel threatened, afraid and humiliated. I wouldn't feel safe in such a place.

TimeForAnotherNameChange Thu 30-Oct-14 18:39:44

The type of people who pick up and read the Sun won't give a shiny shit about flyers. You're wasting your time. A better option in terms of getting your message across would be to rip pg 3 out altogether.

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