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The writing’s on the wall for retailers: by selling lads mags they are open to legal action. But these companies will only act to avoid this if they think enough people know about it. Sign and share the petition with all your friends, family and colleagues so that lads’ mags retailers feel the public pressure.

Work in a shop that sells lads’ mags?

Do you work in a supermarket or newsagents that sells lads’ mags? Would you prefer not to have to see lads’ mags in your place of work or sell them to customers? Get in touch and share your views, anonymously if you choose. Please email us at losetheladsmags@gmail.com. All messages will be treated in strict confidence.

Students

Lose the lads mags from your university shops! No student union or university shop should be selling sexist and degrading material that could violate equality legislation. Email losetheladsmags@gmail.com for advice or support in passing a motion in your union or university.

Organisations

Pledge your group or organisation’s support for the Lose the Lads Mags campaign. Email losetheladsmags@gmail.com and we’ll list you on our website.

 

 

Sign the petition

To: Lads’ mags retailers

We call on you to lose the lads mags.

Lads’ mags promote sexist attitudes and behaviours and extensive research shows portraying women as sex objects provides a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women. By selling lads’ mags and papers with Page 3-style front cover images you are open to legal action – from staff and customers.

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It is a national scandal that big supermarkets as well as other major retailers stock lads’ mags.

Why?

1. By selling Lads’ Mags and papers with Page 3-style front-cover images high-street shops are wide open to legal action – from staff and customers. Forcing staff to handle these publications, or displaying them to staff or customers, is capable of amounting to sex discrimination and sexual harassment contrary to the Equality Act 2010.

2. Lads’ Mags and newspapers that sexually objectify women are deeply harmful. They promote sexist attitudes and behaviours and extensive research shows portraying women as sex objects provides a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women.

Despite these reasons, we the public cannot avoid being confronted with lads’ mags on our high-streets and in our supermarkets. Customers using supermarkets and shops, children accompanying shopping parents, and the employees who work in these shops should not be subjected to this material.

Legally as well as ethically, lads’ mags are well past their sell by date. The writing’s on the wall for retailers: lose the lads’ mags or you could end up in court.