OBJECT August Newsletter
Lose the Lads’ Mags!
Sexism and Racism in Music Videos
Up from the Grassroots
Farewell to our former Campaigns Officer
Work for OBJECT
Ways to get Involved
Volunteer for OBJECT
Dear Members and Supporters,
While we have enjoyed this wonderful heat wave, August has been another busy month of feminist campaigning for OBJECT!
Lose the Lads’ Mags!
The Lose the Lads’ Mags National Day of Action was held on Saturday, 24th August. We were delighted with our supporters’ response, and actions were held in Manchester, Cornwall, Northampton, Cambridge, London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, York, Torfaen, Glasgow, Portsmouth, Halifax, Norwich, and Broadstairs.
Thank you to everyone who took part and spoke out against sexist lads’ mags in supermarkets!
We would love to see your photos of the day, so please do tweet them or add them to our Facebook page.
We’ve had talks with Tesco, Co-op have said they’ll lose the lads mags if they don’t take measures to protect staff and customers from their harmful content, and next we are meeting Morrisons. Please send an email to their CEO, Dalton Philips, and telling him to lose the lads mags’.
Let’s keep up the momentum, and lose the lads’ mags once and for all!
Sexism and Racism in Music Videos
The first focus group for OBJECT’s joint music video campaign has recently taken place, with great and thought-provoking contributions from all those involved. Ikamara from Imkaan, who are partnering with us on the project (along with End Violence Against Women) mentions the project in this article.
Watch this space for more campaign updates soon.
Up from the grassroots
OBJECT activists attending our meeting and many contacting us by email have been complaining about the fashion for #sexistwear T shirts, which often depict women who are naked and sexualised, while they frequently show facial expressions of fear, anger, or postures of self-defence or engagement in acts of violence. They are being sold in mainstream high street shops- Topman and River Island have been noted in particular- the ‘Faux’ range is currently being sold by both, and Republic has Tshirts which make light of sex crimes. This worrying trend glamorises and trivialises violence against women whilst normalising hostile masculinity and promoting it as aspirational.
Seen in a context where violence against women and girls is endemic , where a quarter of all women will be a victim of male violence in her lifetime and sexual harassment is minimised as just a ‘bit of fun’, many women already feel as though they have to steel themselves and be on constant guard to avoid or rebuff male sexual violence and harassment. Activists want to raise awareness that a thoughtless fashion choice, whether by the professional buyers in the shops or by individuals choosing to wear them, can come across as deeply hostile towards women and contribute to this pressure on women and girls, even in themselves causing sexual harassment, since they make many women feel threatened and degraded in spaces where they are present.
Take action and get involved by having your say on the #sexistwear hashtag, including @river_island @TopmanUK , @republicfashion where relevant. Also the @footasylum ‘Religion’ range has been brought to our attention as being particularly degrading. We have started a Pinterest page for objectors to register offensive Tshirts and you can view it here.
Please join us on our online activist group or come to our activist meeting if you would like to get involved in organising around sexist T-shirts!
All of us at OBJECT were very sorry to say good-bye to our Campaigns Officer, Sophie Bennett, at the end of July. Sophie joined OBJECT in the summer of 2012, and has done great work on our media sexism campaign, ‘Stripping the Illusion’, and also on ‘Lose the Lads’ Mags’, rising to the challenges, and representing OBJECT brilliantly. We would like to thank Sophie so much for all her hard work, and wish her great success in her new role at a sister organisation.
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Work for OBJECT!
Campaigns and Outreach Officer
About the role: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading feminist organisations in the UK and to play a prominent role in developing and implementing campaigns and outreach work to challenge the objectification of women, and to end all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. In this role you will work with activists, build coalitions with other organisations, politicians, academics and policymakers to achieve campaign goals, and manage volunteers. You will also undertake outreach activity such as visiting young people in schools to engage and empower them to speak out about sexism and the objectification of women. You will report to the CEO and work alongside the Development Manager with support from the Administration and Finance Officer.
We particularly welcome applicants from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Hours of work: 4 days per week (2 days per week job sharing option)
Salary: £25, 000 - £28, 000 pro rata
Location: East London and home based with regular meetings and events in central London
Deadline for application: Wednesday 11th September 2013
For further information and job application, please see here.
Ways to get involved
Let us know what you think about sexist & racist music videos – please see our website for more information, and actions you can take:http://www.object.org.uk/campaigns/music-videos
Volunteering for OBJECT
We continue to invite more supporters with some spare time and energy to help us with our campaigning by becoming a volunteer.
To those who have already contacted us we send our thanks and we will be in touch soon regarding next steps.
Please come and get involved at our activist meetings, where you will meet like-minded people, and have a chance to plan and take action against objectification and misogyny.
The date for the next activist meeting is:
Monday, September 23rd
Here’s a reminder of some other ways to be involved in OBJECT’s campaigns:
Please add examples of sexism and misogyny in the media to the Everyday Media Sexism website and on Twitter: @mediasexism. Let’s name and shame the media outlets that objectify and discriminate against women and girls.
Thank you, as always, for your support of OBJECT’s work.
With best wishes,
The OBJECT Team