Boobs aren’t news, says Methodist Conference

  • Sign the No More Page 3 petition here

The Methodist Conference has today pledged its support for theNo More Page 3 campaign, and is asking all of its members to signthe campaign's petition.

No More Page 3 campaignsfor the voluntary removal of 'Page Three' from the Sun newspaper,and its supporters include Girls' Brigade, Mumsnet and the BritishYouth Council.  The Methodist Church is the first major UKChurch to lend its support to the movement.

"On page three of this family newspaper there is a large imageof a topless woman," said Rachel Allison, presenting the proposalto the Conference. "This is most prominent picture of a woman inthe newspaper. This sends a clear message that men in suits run thecountry and excelling at all areas of life, while women are belooked at and seen as purely sexual objects with a set place insociety. This is not the message I want society to send to youngwomen in the world.

"The removal of Page Three from the Sun would send a clear messagethat the objectification of women, and sexism are not acceptable insociety and that they are something we must tackle as soon aspossible. Boobs are not news."

The campaign petition can be found online here and already has more than 190,000 signatures.

'We're thrilled that young supporter, Rachel Allison, asked theMethodist Church to back the campaign and the result was such apositive yes,' said founder of the campaign, writer and actorLucy-Anne Holmes.