Girish Gupta

HOME

PHOTOS

VENEZUELA ECON

ONLINE

Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn
AngelList
Keybase
GitHub
IFTTT

BY COUNTRY

Brazil
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Egypt
Guyana
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mexico
United Kingdom
Venezuela

BY MEDIUM

Text
Photo
Radio
TV/Video

BY PUBLISHER

Al Jazeera
BBC
BuzzFeed
CBC
Christian Science Monitor
CNN
Daily Mail
Datum
Ecologist
Economist Intelligence Unit
Emerging Markets
Financial Times
Foreign Policy
France 24
Fusion
GlobalPost
Guardian
Independent
La Prensa (Panama)
LatinFinance
Mancunion
Monocle
National (Abu Dhabi)
New Internationalist
New Statesman
New York Times
New Yorker
NPR
PBS
PRI
Radio France Internationale
Reuters
RTE
Sky News
Sun
Sunday Times
Telegraph
TIME
Times of London
USA Today
Vice
WLRN

ABOUT

About
CV
Contact (PGP Key)
Riveters protest against lads mags
Nov. 9, 2009

Published by Student Direct: Mancunion

Covering up naked women in magazines and newspapers, UMSU’s Riveters drew attention to the objectification of women in Fallowfield’s Sainsbury’s last fortnight.

The magazine aisle was awash with brown envelopes covered in slogans such as ‘Women do not belong in a zoo’ and ‘Objectificiation is nuts’. Sainsbury’s staff offered quizzical looks, however allowed the 25-strong protest to continue unhindered.

Protester Emma Kerry said: “Objectifying women in this way has become the norm and this needs to be challenged or it will continue to be seen as acceptable and be reproduced for generations to come.

“I was especially pleased by the number of men showing their support for our actions.”

University of Manchester Students’ Union Women’s Officer Hazel Kent was pleased with the number of people willing to get involved with the direct action. In a letter to Simon Bunyan, the Fallowfield store’s manager, Kent said: “We are a group of women and men committed to fighting the objectification of women in the media, and are especially appalled at the casual and main-stream objectification of women in magazines such as Maxim and FHM.

“If a young man or boy sees women presented as objects, it is more likely he will view and treat women as objects. These images also present an unrealistic view of women, based on a narrow conception of what it is to be sexy, or indeed a woman.“

Sainsbury’s failed to respond to the letter dated early October, claiming that it was never received, possibly due to postal strikes. However, the supermarket told Student Direct: Mancunion: “Three years ago, Sainsbury’s was the first retailer to introduce specially designed ‘modesty covers’ for adult titles in all our supermarkets. [These] are designed to conceal the image on the front of the magazine while leaving the title of the publication fully visible.

“In our supermarkets, ‘Lads mags’ titles are already placed as high up as possible and to the back of the magazine display.

“We take this matter seriously and it is our aim to offer customers choice, without causing offence.”

The Riveters added they were keen for the likes of FHM and Maxim to be removed from the store, “and for people to think before they buy.”




More...

The struggle to become a paid journalist
Dec. 6, 2011


At least 13 emergencies in first two months of Boris bikes
Nov. 23, 2010


11,000 drivers on Britain's roads with more than 12 points
Nov. 1, 2010


High-level diplomacy between British and Chinese governments on panda leasing
Oct. 25, 2010


Embassies owing £42m in Congestion Charge fines claim diplomatic immunity
Sept. 20, 2010


Protest the Pope
Sept. 18, 2010


£1.2m worth of equipment stolen from MOD
Sept. 10, 2010


An interview with Brian Cox
May. 10, 2010


33 crimes committed against Manchester students every day
May. 10, 2010


Crowds at the Union braced to ring in the changes
May. 10, 2010


‘Vote with your heart and make the difference’ – Nick Clegg
May. 3, 2010


Withington MP joins student pub crawl
May. 3, 2010


Labour fail to turn up at University hustings
May. 3, 2010


Students stranded abroad as summer term begins
Apr. 26, 2010


Celebrity endorsements and mudslinging in race for Manchester marginal
Apr. 26, 2010








© Girish Gupta