Teenagers tell The Sun ‘Listen to us and cover up Page 3’ – Girlguiding Scotland

Teenage Girlguiding Scotland members Isla Whateley, 18, and Hannah Brisbane, 17, have sent a letter to The Sun today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) expressing their sadness that their voices are being ignored by Britain’s most popular newspaper on the issue of Page 3.

Glaswegian Isla, and Hannah, from Forth Valley, along with other members of Girlguiding’s youth panel, Advocate, said:

“This time last week we were massively encouraged by your decision to stop featuring topless women in your newspaper. It was such an empowering step forward for girls and young women. But the way you reversed this decision left us so disappointed.

“We are not playthings that can be used as a publicity ploy. We want to see women’s achievements, not their breasts, on the most prominent page of your family newspaper.

“Our research has shown that three quarters of girls and young women aged 17-21 say that there are too many images of naked or scantily clad women in the media, and if you got rid of Page 3 you would show that you were listening to them.

“We were so excited that last week would bring about a huge change, and that you would be on our side. So it’s incredibly disheartening for us as young women to see our voices and opinions being ignored by Britain’s biggest newspaper.”

Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Executive Denise Spence said:

“Today’s letter signed by young Girlguiding Scotland members is a powerful statement showing that young women today are ready for a change.

“The Sun needs to listen to their call and stop sending the message that if you’re female, you’re a decorative object above all else.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Girlguiding Scotland members have been actively involved in campaigning against Page 3 as part of Girlguiding’s Advocate programme of young campaigners.

Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel is a group of 18 Girlguiding members aged 14-25 from across the UK, who discuss the issues girls care about and seek change, including body confidence, the representation of girls and women in the media, education, teenage mental health and role models for girls. They also help to direct Girlguiding’s research and campaigning work, including the charity’s annual Girls’ Attitudes Survey.

Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society.

Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 553,633 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016. Find out more at www.girlguiding.org.uk.