There has always been the top shelf mags – but the ever increasing amount of lad’s mags have helped legitimise a prevalent attitude that women are simply there for men. The whole debate regarding Miley Cyrus is not too far away from this attitude. Women who want fame are expected to be scantily clad or ‘get their tits out for the lads…..mags’.
It will take a lot more than stopping lads mags to alter this ever prevailing attitude but it’s at least a start. So sign the petition NOW:
14 leading discrimination lawyers, from six different firms, have written this open letter to retailers calling on them to lose the lads mags:
“The ‘Lose the Lads Mags’ campaign by UK Feminista and Object is calling on high-street retailers immediately to 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.
Every mainstream retailer which stocks Lads’ Mags is vulnerable to legal action by staff and, where those publications are visibly on display, by customers. There are, in particular, examples of staff successfully suing employers in respect of exposure to pornographic material at work. Such exposure is actionable where it violates the dignity of individual employees or customers, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. We therefore call on such retailers urgently to heed the call to ‘Lose the Lads Mags’.”