Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

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:

915719 jessica davies 8211 front magazine Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

Source: failfunsexy.com via joanna69 on Sex.com

376123 danielle sharp from front magazine february 2012 Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

Source: egotastic.com via Flinders on Sex.com

590252 sexy redhead lucy collett in pink lingerie Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

Source: sharenxs.com via PP PussyHunter on Sex.com

1183343 billie faiers boobtastic lingerie photoshoot for nuts magazine Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

Source: montevideo.com.uy via josh10 on Sex.com

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?

venus de milo Nudie Magazines Facing Ban in UK

Venus De Milo, in case you didn’t know.

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.

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Published on: May 28, 2013

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  • InOutRepet

    I really appreciate your comments on the inappropriate manner in which porn can translate into sexist attitudes and (bad) behaviors. Even though a guy myself, I tend to appreciate the more artful porn out there – what some would coin “porn for women.” X-Art comes to mind among many in a newer breed of “loving sexual acts” purveyors. I think, too, men walk a fine, often blurred line since our lust is defined in large part by the connections between our visual cortex and the rest of our brains. Connections that seem largely absent in most women, who prefer instead the emotional rather than visual aspects of physical love. Men need to understand how not to tread on women, and women need to understand better the male sex psyche. But as I see it, this is a debate that has raged for centuries. Will we ever find common ground and be able to more fully explore our fantasies and passions without inflicting emotional scars in the process? I hope so! As for the British Parliament, well, I suspect there’s enough libido there to ward off the extremists – with the understanding however that they do have a valid concern and cause for action.

  • http://www.sex.com Chico Dusty

    The only way we’re ever going to settle this 100000000 year old issue is by talking about it.

  • InOutRepeat

    Couldn’t agree more, Chico. With the hopes that both sides really want to come to the table. I, for one, do.

  • http://www.sex.com Chico Dusty

    The only way we’re going to make it happen is by telling everyone we know about this blog.

  • InOutRepeat

    I hope this blog and the rest of the sex dot com web properties (forum and main site) achieve that kind of notoriety. I feel the admins first need to address some logistical failures with the site – unless, of course, they want things to work as they do now. In particular, I cannot register here on the blog or in the forum. Any attempt to do so just throws me back to sex dot com. Therefore, I can’t set an avatar or bio here, and presumably can only post as guest over in the forum. I don’t get that, but neither can I find any kind of tech support contact form to even ask the question. Don’t mean to vent here; I’m really not trying to. Just saying I think there is some fine tuning that could make the entire experience more seamless, friendly, and accommodating. But I’m also fine with posting here as I have been if this is as good as it gets because this IS a very cool blog.

  • http://www.sex.com Chico Dusty

    Well, I’m afraid I can’t help with any logistical problems but I can tell the people that can help. Do you have any other gripes other than the forum and blog registration?

    By all means vent here, let’s talk about improvements that can be made to the site where everyone can see it. Let’s use the Socratic method of open discussion to find the solution. Everyone can see what you don’t like and what we might do to solve it. It will work better this way.

    And thank you for thinking that this blog is cool. I’m just trying to keep you guys entertained. So whenever something’s lame, let me know so I can work harder.

  • InOutRepeat

    From what I see, Chico, you work pretty hard on quality content and that’s really cool. It’s better when content inspires community, and it seems that’s what you’re achieving here. One person’s lame is another’s funny is another’s steadfast opinion. It’s all good. If it really totally sucks, I might say so, lol.

    Only other thing I find frustrating is communicating with fellow posters on the main sex dot com site. Trying to hold a conversation in the comments of a particular pic is just kind of messed up. A private messaging system for internal communication that does not reveal actual email addresses – or at least only reveals what the member elects to share – would be awesome.

    Other than that, I think I’ve said my peace about the sex dot com suite of websites. Perhaps starting a separate post for this stuff would be good, and my apologies for kind of hijacking the thread a little.

  • http://www.sex.com Chico Dusty

    Please tell me if it sucks because sometimes I can’t tell.

    I agree that the main Sex.com should be more social than it is now because it’s modeled after a social media site. Just because it’s sex doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it.