Teaching union backs No More Page 3
The UK’s biggest teaching union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has thrown its backing behind the campaign calling on David Dinsmore, Editor of the Sun, to drop page 3.
The support comes as the Sun revealed its “vision of Britain” which, to the disappointment of campaigners, still includes topless models.
NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said: “The National Union of Teachers is pleased to be supporting the No More Page 3 campaign.
“The consequences of gender stereotyping and the sexualisation of girls in the media are very real.
“Portraying women as nothing more than objects to be looked at, is entirely unacceptable for the 21st century.”
Recent reports had suggested that Sun bosses were considering doing away with the feature, which was brought in to boost sales in the 1970s.
“Not only can such images impact on the self-respect and confidence of young girls it could also have a detrimental influence on boys as they develop views of women.
“It is high time that we accepted it is simply wrong for a national family newspaper to be carrying such images.”
Lucy-Anne Holmes, founder of No More Page 3 said: “We’re thrilled to have the support of the NUT.
“So many teachers have signed the petition, they really see the impact these pictures have on the way boys treat girls at school and the way girls see themselves.
“We had really hoped that the Sun’s vision of ‘Our Britain’ would include respectful representation of women.
“The NUT joins the calls of the National Association of Head Teachers, the Girl Guides, the British Youth Council and many organisations which are committed to fighting violence against women, it makes you wonder how long the Sun can continue defending page 3.”
To sign the No More Page 3 petition click here.