Two feminists groups, UK Feminista and Object, have joined forces with a group of lawyers in the UK to try and enforce the Equality Act of 2010, which would ban retailers from selling sexy magazines featuring nude and semi-nude models.
The campaign is called Lose the Lads’ Mags and they have issued a brief letter to the Guardian to inaugurate their effort. They wrote:
The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign by UK Feminista and Object is calling on high-street retailers to immediately withdraw lads’ mags and papers featuring pornographic front covers from their stores. Each one of these stores is a workplace. Displaying these publications in workplaces, and/or requiring staff to handle them in the course of their jobs, may amount to sex discrimination and sexual harassment contrary to the Equality Act 2010. Similarly, exposing customers to these publications in the process of displaying them is capable of giving rise to breaches of the Equality Act.
High-street retailers are exposing staff and, in some cases, customers to publications whose handling and display may breach equality legislation. Displaying lads’ mags and pornographic papers in “mainstream” shops results in the involuntary exposure of staff and, in some cases, customers to pornographic images.
The letter also states that every retailer who carries magazines like Front or Nuts and even FHM could be subject to legal action by their employees. Apparently there is legal precedent for employees successfully suing retailers for carrying “questionable material”.
As you might have guessed, UK Feminista director Kat Baynard believes that these magazines breed “sexist attitudes and behavior”, which also “underpin violence against women.”
I can understand why feminists think pornography breeds sexist attitudes and behavior, which also underpin violence against women because usually pornography depicts male dominance over women. It’s not cool, but it’s what happens.
Things like deepthroating, doggystyle, facials, etc. are all signifiers for male dominance, which very well could breed sexist attitudes and behavior. I hope no one is stupid enough to disrespect women because they saw it in a porn movie, but it can happen. However, none of these extreme acts ever appear in the Lads’ Magazines. Lads’ Magazines just feature nude or semi-nude women that don’t engage in “demeaning” sexual acts…
…unless you consider posing nude “demeaning“. Here let’s look at some photos from these kinds of magazines to better understand what I’m talking about:
For the most part, the models these magazines use are natural babes. They look like real women, don’t you think?
And not to mention, they’re not engaging in anything pornographic (other than some nudity) or violent imagery. So what’s the problem? Does every depiction of a nude woman breed sexist attitudes?
Is this sculpture of a nude woman sexist?
I just feel that Lads’ Magazines do a very good job of depicting the nude female figure in a positive way. Maybe I’m desensitized by all the porn I watch all day but I think the caliber of the photography that comes out of the Lads’ Magazines supersedes any notion that it could be offensive. It’s closer to art than any other nude photography that’s available. Banning what is comparatively positive representations of women doesn’t seem like a good idea. Who cares if they’re nude? They’re at least realistic depictions of beauty and they’re only engaging in something that signifies the beauty of the female figure.
That’s just how I feel about it. I could be wrong. Let me know in the comments.
The main thing that I don’t understand is why attack print media in this day and age? Print media is all but gone thanks to the internet so it seems crazy to openly attack an entire genre of magazine rather than just letting nature run its course. What kind of crazy sadistic bitch wants to accelerate the death of print media by banning these magazines?
All I know is that when I see the new issue of Front Magazine on the newsstand, I’m going to buy it to show my support for what they’re doing.
Not to mention, Nicole Neal is on the cover of the new issue of Front. I was going to buy it anyway to see her new pictures.