ATL supports 'No More Page 3' campaign

26 July 2013

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

"In the week when David Cameron failed to back this petition and described it as a matter of conscience, ATL calls for teachers, parents and all those who are concerned about the increased sexualisation or 'pornification' of our society to take a stand. This is why ATL supports the 'No More Page 3' campaign.

"What does it say about our culture and the position of women and girls within it, if our children and young people are casually exposed to the objectification of women over the breakfast table, on the bus or in cafes, for example? As committed education staff, we are having to deal with the mixed messages sent out by society on this issue. When the Prime Minister himself professes concern, as a parent, but then fails to act, what does this tell our young women and girls? Adult material belongs solely in the adult world."

Notes to editors

  1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.

  2. ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.

  3. ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

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