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Newspaper 'boob ban' to come in at Essex University
3:44pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A STUDENTS' Union has banned The Sun and The Star from being sold on campus because it claims the papers misrepresent women.
The tabloids will not be sold from the Essex University campus shop from tomorrow.
Chantel Le Carpentier, the union’s welfare officer who took the final decision, said printing pictures of half naked women portrays them as “objects”.
She added: “The images of women published in these newspapers not only encourage readers to judge women on their bodies and appearance, but also misrepresent the role of women in society as just objects for men to look at.”
The 21-year-old modern history student added: “Newspapers should show a balanced representation of society, but what we are seeing is men being represented in the business, politics and sport sections, and women represented on the third page, half naked.
“We're part of a society that is trying to empower the next generation of women.
"How can we tell them that they are amazing individuals capable of anything when they are judged by their appearance rather than their skills and personality?”
The Essex union is the 20th in the country to ban the papers as part of the No More Page 3 campaign.
Since Monday, Miss Le Carpentier has been putting ‘No More Page 3’ stickers on the front of both papers in the campus shop as well as on any revealing pictures of women in the papers.
About 20 copies of The Sun a day are sold in campus shops while very few copies of The Star are sold.
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