No More Page Three Video Triumph

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I’ve been a supporter of the No More Page Three campaign since it started (check out this early interview with one of the founders, Lucy Ann Holmes). No More Page Three is a campaign group committed to removing photos of bare breasted women and girls, (posing provocatively on page three each day) from a best selling daily U.K. newspaper. They believe, as do I, that this is disrespectful to women and is a contributing factor in the continuing inequality between the genders. They’ve received a lot of support and also a lot of attacks during their short existence.

I am always happy to bang loudly on the drum for them so am thrilled to bring you this first video release,  made for NMP3 free of charge, by a group called Free Seed Films (hooray to them). It was released on October 14th, 2014.

The No More Page Three Video

(If you aren’t able to view the video, please try this link instead; it will take you to the You Tube page.)

Clever, yet subtle. I gasped when she lit up her cigarette, did you? For more of my life than not, smoking in public was considered a given right. I might not have liked it, but it was widespread. For most of my life naked women in a daily newspaper have been ‘normal’. I hope I live to see the day when that seems as ridiculous and as offensive as lighting up in a public space. More power to the No More Page Three elbows!

Find out more about the No More Page Three campaign here.

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Why Sometimes It Just Has To Be ‘Women Only’.

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by - 3 comments

Regular readers will know I am not anti men. Far from it. I am, however, pro changing the world so women get equal treatment, and I’m very pro raising awareness of just how unequal that treatment is, even in many enlightened organisations and businesses. Our workplaces and businesses have been designed by men, for men. Working practices are designed to meet male requirements. One classic example – working practices take little or no account of the need for the human

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Posted on October 9th, 2014 by - 0 comments

If you’re working really hard at your business or career and still end up in the same place it’s time to stop. I’m serious; down tools right now. Stop. Hard work never killed anyone, the saying goes. This may be true but it can go a long way to sapping your energy and enthusiasm. Are you on a daily treadmill of working longer hours yet not moving anywhere? Lots of movement, yet too little meaningful progress? I’m seeing this more

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Posted on October 8th, 2014 by - 0 comments

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Posted on October 7th, 2014 by - 1 comment

Sometimes it feels that we’re too small and insignificant in the general scheme of things to really make a difference. It’s understandable but I fear that way madness lies; if we keep quiet that leaves air space for the naysayers to claim the ground. Check out the recent example of Emma Watson, an actor who made her views known on gender equality. She received a torrent of on line abuse. She also received a torrent of on line support to

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Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by - 1 comment

  Whenever I am working or an organisation where the issue of gender equality is not recognised, as in  “What problem? We have no problem? Women can progress if they have the required attributes,” I am reminded of a conversation I had with the Chief Officer of my husband’s Fire & Rescue Service in 1986. (That’s my husband in the picture, trying not to laugh). We were at the passing out parade at the end of his training period. At

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