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Protesters in St Austell call for a ban on lads' mags at Tesco

By CMChloe  |  Posted: August 27, 2013

  • Protestors in St Austell call for a ban on lads' mags at Tesco

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Protesters in St Austell have taken part in a nationwide campaign calling on the UK’s biggest supermarket to ban lads’ mags from its stores.

The Lose the Lad Mags campaign, started by action groups UK Feminista and Object, has been taking place today outside Tesco stores across the country.

The Cornish arm of the campaign set up outside Tesco on Daniels Lane in St Austell, with many people turning up to make their voices heard.

One campaigner, Rosie , said: “We had a good response from the public to the protest we attended today. People were very interested in the issues we were raising and many said they hadn't realised or even thought too much about these lads’ mags and their contents and the effect of objectification of women in our society.”

Protestors asked customers to sign a petition to help add their voice to the campaign.

Campaigners have said that lads’ mags promote sexist attitudes and behaviours and normalise the idea that it’s acceptable to treat women like sex objects.

Kat Banyard, from the Lose the Lads' Mags campaign, said: "By selling lads' mags Tesco is sending out the damaging message that it's normal and acceptable to treat women like dehumanised sex objects.

"Lads' mags like Nuts and Zoo are deeply harmful, fuelling sexist behaviours and attitudes underpinning violence against women.

"Tesco would never allow 'girlie calendars' on their office walls, so why are they choosing to stock degrading, pornographic lads' mags on their shelves?"

Displays of nude and scantily-clad women, even if they are under a black "modesty bag", fuels attitudes underpinning violence against women, the campaign group said.

Exposing staff and customers to such images could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment, it added, saying retailers could face the risk of legal action.

Ms Banyard added: "By selling pornographic lads' mags Tesco is risking legal action, breaching its own 'no porn' policy and ignoring the calls of anti-violence against women organisations - all in order to turn a profit.

"As long as Tesco sells lads' mags like Nuts and Zoo its claims of being a responsible corporate citizen are a farce. Tesco needs to put women's safety before profit and lose the lads' mags."

To find out more about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

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  • JeremyBadger  |  August 27 2013, 11:38PM

    Quite right girls, lets also ban Cosmo, Womans Weekly, Heat, Elle, Hello, Look, OK, Prima, Red, Yours, Grazia, Company, My Weekly, Woman & Home, Essentials lets have a real clean up of the cr@p magazines which promote sexism!

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  • Truro_England  |  August 27 2013, 10:25AM

    "Lads' mags like Nuts and Zoo are deeply harmful, fuelling sexist behaviours and attitudes underpinning violence against women" There are only a handful of these so called lad mags around, plenty of the woman's mags full of absolute rubbish with pictures of half naked men inside. It seems to me the left wing yoghurt knitters are getting more of a voice nowadays, always something else they wish to complain about and stick their nose in.

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  • nbazzle  |  August 27 2013, 10:20AM

    I can confirm that womens magazines focus on nothing but sex and one night stands. The exact reason why I stopped reading them!!!

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  August 27 2013, 1:14AM

    One group of people attempting to use censorship for their own ends. We all know where that sort of behavior leads:- http://tinyurl.com/mqgykmt And we all know where that leads............................ Censorship is never the answer. Education is the only way.

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  • DipStick  |  August 26 2013, 7:50PM

    @emurfitt: "" Sadly, men often do get away with murder - especially if they kill their own partners or women working (often involuntarily) as prostitutes. ..."" There you go again. Completely unsubstantiated accusations flying liberally from your keyboard. Give us real, concrete examples! ASs for the 'lad's mags' giving women an unrealistic perception of themselves, have you read any womens magazines lately? They are in exactly the same league. DS

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  • emurfitt  |  August 26 2013, 5:48PM

    janner_fred. For the record, Brady is still in a secure hospital because he was classed as insane at the time of his trial and is still considered dangerous. Hindley was NOT classed as insane and was not considered dangerous for the latter part of her life. For most? of her time inside, there was a campaign group trying to get her released on the grounds (one of them) that had she been a man in the same circumstances, she would be released. Society is very unforgiving of female killers in a way that I would like to see extended to male killers. Sadly, men often do get away with murder - especially if they kill their own partners or women working (often involuntarily) as prostitutes. This "boys will be boys" attitude begins with 'lads' magazines'.

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  • janner_fred  |  August 26 2013, 5:24PM

    emurfitt ' Had she been a man, she would have been out in a few years along with a few dozen others and no-one would have thought anything of it. ' Have you ever actually read about the crimes of Myra Hindley??? Of course she would NOT have been out by now if she had been a man. Her 'partner in crime' Ian Brady, obviously a male, is still in prison, sorry secure hospital. He is still in charge and controlling his situation and still not revealing information .Their crimes will never be forgotten and never should be. Back to the article I do think that 'lads mags' do give males a very unrealistic view of what women actually are like, they also encourage some women to want to mould their bodies and lives ,to be like those they see ,making a small fortune . Having said that, anyone of either sex with a rational fairly balanced outlook would not be affected anyway.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 26 2013, 12:40PM

    Females committing sex offences, and serial murders, make big headlines when they happen precisely because they are so unusual. Also, the law is tougher on female criminals. With Myrah Hindley, for example, 'life' meant 'life'. Rightly so, in my view. Had she been released, vigilanties would have got her. Had she been a man, she would have been out in a few years along with a few dozen others and no-one would have thought anything of it. Society is more tolerant of male sex offenders because they are more commonplace. Trashy 'lads' magazines' help desensitize people by portraying women and girls as trash. We live in a sick society. These campaigning women are right to tackle these evils at source and I wish them every success.

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  • nbazzle  |  August 26 2013, 10:18AM

    There have been a fair few stories in the media recently about various female teachers taking advantage of male students below the age of 16. Remember that woman at the nursery in Plymouth who was caught abusing children? So yes. Women ARE just as bad and I can't see how lads mags are to blame. At all! Sex and murder crimes existed long before lads mags came out.

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  • DipStick  |  August 25 2013, 8:53PM

    """"It is always male serial killers targeting women and children.""". Damn, sorry. Didn't realise that it was the 'lad's mags' causing these people to do as they do. Geez, you really are as perverse as you thinbk the 'lad's mags' are if you really think that banning them will make a blind bit of difference to ANY crime statistics. DS

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