OBJECT September Newsletter

      

 

OBJECT News

Organisation News:

OBJECT’s new Ambassador: Joan Smith

Campaign News:

Lose the Lads’ Mags!
Sexism and Racism in Music Videos
Up from the Grassroots


OBJECT Actions - Take Action and Get Involved!

Ways to get Involved
Volunteer for OBJECT
Activist Meetings
Other Actions

 

 

Dear Members and Supporters,

Summer has ended, but our work continues, and we bring you plenty of good news and lots of actions from the last month.

 

OBJECT News

Organisation News

OBJECT’s New Ambassador: Joan Smith

We are extremely proud and delighted to announce that Joan Smith has agreed to become an Ambassador for OBJECT! 

Joan Smith is a columnist, novelist and human rights activist. She is the author of six novels and the feminist classic Misogynies, which has just been republished. Her latest book, The Public Woman, recognises the huge advances women have made but argues that there has been a vicious backlash. She has campaigned for criminalisation of men who buy sex and for more rights for victims of
human trafficking. She is on the board of Hacked Off, which campaigns for victims of phone hacking, and is currently Co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel.

Joan Smith says: “This is a very exciting time to be a feminist. The Savile scandal has exposed a culture of impunity for sex offenders and brought about dramatic changes in public attitudes. At the same time, the Leveson Inquiry has put the entrenched sexism of the popular press in the spotlight. The role of feminist campaigns like Object is absolutely vital in these processes, and I am thrilled to have been asked to act as its ambassador.”

All of us at OBJECT are huge admirers of Joan’s work as a writer, columnist and feminist activist, and know that she will represent OBJECT brilliantly, raising our profile and highlighting our campaigns.  We would like to thank her for her commitment to OBJECT and we look forward to working with her.

Campaign News

Lose the Lads’ Mags!

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign is going to Parliament! 

Lads’ mags like Nuts and Zoo line the shelves of high street supermarkets across the UK. Yet there is extensive evidence to show that lads’ mags fuel sexist behaviours and attitudes underpinning violence against women. Exposing staff and customers to them can also constitute sexual harassment or sex discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. At this important meeting, on 15th October, we will discuss the implications of selling lads’ mags and to demand action from retailers.

Speakers include:

  • Romola Garai, actress
  • Caroline Lucas, MP
  • Lose the Lad’s Mags representative
  • Polly Neate, CEO, Women’s Aid
  • Lia Latchford, Imkaan
  • Karen Jennings, Assistant General Secretary, Unison

The meeting is now full, but we will report back about its outcome – watch this space… 

In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to take action:

Let’s keep up the momentum, and lose the lads’ mags once and for all!

www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

Twitter hashtag: #losetheladsmags

Sexism and Racism in Music Videos

Many students have taken a stand against sex object culture and banned ‘Blurred Lines’, with its triggering lyrics from being played in universities across the UK, which highlights the timeliness of the project (
see here). If you are a young woman, aged between 16 and 25, and would like to share your thoughts about sexism and racism in music videos or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 Watch this space for more campaign updates soon.

Stripping the Illusion

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, has called on Ministers to address a loophole in lap dancing licensing legislation.

Thanks to OBJECT’s campaigning, the current situation is that Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) must be licensed and adhere to strict conditions. However, there remains an exemption for occasional sexual entertainment allowing for things like strip-a-grams for "hen" or "stag" events. Instead, some bars have taken to holding events on a scale that would otherwise require an SEV license, but don't because they’re only held once a month.

The MP spoke up in response to the fears of some of Newquay's residents who are concerned that there could be a significant increase in unlicensed events, as bars and clubs compete with one another.  The exemption does not require consulting communities, or even the authorities to be consulted.

Mr Gilbert called on the Minister of State for Licensing to change legislation as soon as possible, and in response, the Minister agreed that the exemption was not being used in the spirit it was intended and offered Mr Gilbert a meeting to discuss the problem and explore how legislation and licensing might be amended.

OBJECT supports Mr Gilbert’s call for the licensing loophole to be closed, and will lobby MPs, to keep pressure up.  We will be in touch soon to let you know how you can help with this part of the ‘Stripping the Illusion’ campaign. 

Anti-porn protest

OBJECT members were among those protesting at the X-Biz conference on September 22nd.  The pornography industry ‘summit’ was held at the Radisson Hotel in London.  We joined with London Feminist Network to protest against the damage pornography does to women and question how a major hotel can play host to this poisonous industry that uses women’s bodies to make vast amounts of money.  Please see here for some media coverage of the event. Also, please email Radisson to tell them what you think of them hosting the conference at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up from the grassroots 

Activists have been widening the analysis of the issue of #sexistwear Tshirts to include how life-long gendered merchandising serves to normalise ‘rape culture’ and victim-blaming, for example the slogans on women and girls Tshirts such as ‘princess’ or ‘drama queen’ are also the stereotypes that can lead to women and girls being blamed for the sexual violence perpetrated against them. We’ve come up with an idea for a viral that demonstrates ‘being raised into sex object culture told in Tshirts’. Any budding image researchers or film editors please get in touch, if you are interested in being part of it.

 

 

OBJECT Actions - Take Action and Get Involved!

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.

Activities will range from specific project work, to helping to staff events, to administration.  Much of it can be done from your own home in your own time and requires no more than 1 or 2 hours per week. All volunteers will receive regular contact and guidance, and (we hope!) a feeling of satisfaction in having contributed to OBJECT’s groundbreaking work.  For more information about volunteering for OBJECT, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
To those who have already contacted us we send our thanks and we will be in touch soon regarding next steps.

Activist Meetings

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 upcoming activist meetings are:

Monday 21st October
Monday 18th November
Monday 16th December
Monday 20th January

Please do come along!  If you plan to attend, or would like more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Other actions

Here’s a reminder of some other ways to be involved in OBJECT’s campaigns:

Have you successfully campaigned against sexist advertising, lads’ mags, and other sexism around you?  If so, we would love to hear your stories and experiences.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or tell us what you did via Facebook or

Twitter

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