Blog of Feminist Activism Against Porn

This is a blog of the feminist activism of Charliegrrl and others. This is not a blog to debate the ins and outs of feminism, this is a blog to inspire people to get active and take it to the streets! This blog was started to challenge lads mags bringing porn into the mainstream...who knows what the blog will become...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Lads Mags Demo at New Labour Conference

Northwest Feminists, Object and White Ribbon demonstrated at the New Labour Conference this Sunday, to call for Lads Mags and The Sport to be sold on top shelf and for their sale and display to be responsibly regulated.

At present, Lads Mags and The Sport are sold in most newsagents, supermarkets and in many high street shops, such as WHSmith, Woolworths, HMV, Borders...

Most often, they are not sold on the top shelf, and put on prominent display, despite being misogynistc and pornographic. They are often displayed next to children's comics and teenage girls' magazines.

17 people attended the demo. There was a fantastic atmosphere as everyone shouted chants such as:

People within the G-Mex conference centre sat on the
steps opposite us and listened to what we had to say. The public were very supportive. Tony Blair took time out of the conference to demonstrate how so (un) empowering it is to strip naked for male titillation.

The only trouble we got was from the police...

The police threatened to arrest a demonstrator cos some of the lads mags quotes she was shouting through a megaphone, were too obscene to be said in public...

NW Feminist: "Maxim have come up with variations of 'MILF'...
'DILF'...Daughter I'd Like to Fuck and
'GILF'...Granddaughter I'd Like to Fuck"*

The Police: "You cannot say 'fuck' in public"

They then warned her under the Public Order Act and forced her to give them her full name and address, and threatened to arrest her when she refused.

NW Feminist: "Maxim says, 'How to Seduce a Girl with Pity, because just having a cock and being able to stick it in them often isn't good enough"**

Police: "We have already warned you, you cannot say things like that. A young boy has just walked past with his Dad."

NW Feminist: "That young boy is able to buy Maxim from a shop and read such offensive stuff himself."

So, the content of lads mags is considered too obscene for the public, and shouting them is a public order offence...but they are not considered top shelf material.

Thanks to Stormy, Naomi, Charlie, Sasha, Rebecca, Helen, Kat, Jen, Sue, Alex, Alice, Lou, Michelle, Louise, Chloe, Matthew, Jonny, Aileen and Chris Green from White Ribbon!

See Photos!

*Maxim Sep 06 pg 11

*Maxim Sep 06 pg 27


  • At Tuesday, 26 September, 2006, Blogger stormy said…

    It was a great day - and thanks to all those who attended - you were fabulous!

    It was also nice to get that support from passersby. It shows that there are many others out there who feel the same about LMs. We've just got to encourage all to join us in future protests! Large numbers at protests shows that we are serious, and not just a bunch of fringe nutters.

    So I urge any of you that can make it to London - keep the Friday 20th October free for the next demo at Parliament.


  • At Tuesday, 26 September, 2006, Blogger sparkleMatrix said…

    All I can say is Wooo Hooo
    Love SparkleX

  • At Thursday, 28 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That is brilliant, though! Well done for getting out there and making your voices heard, peeps. Keep the good work going.

    I just cannot believe the pigs telling you off! Fuckers. Sexist demons. Whatever happened to freedom of speech, huh? It seems that sexist quips can only be spouted these days by corporate-run publications, as long as you are sitting on top of a multi- million pound empire: sexist jibes are OK.

    Damn double standards! grrr I would have pelted them with doughnuts!!

  • At Thursday, 28 September, 2006, Blogger simply wondered said…

    I love the smell of irony in the morning. Police still not recruiting the brightest members of our society yet, then.
    Ms Parry - you do know you can't write 'fuckers' in public, don't you? Young bloggers could just pass by and read it.
    Has it occurred to you that the reason they put Lads Mags next to the children's mags might be that they have to group them by reading age?
    Sounds like an excellent demo - who's that politician with the big tits phwoarrrrr I'd give him one he looks really dirty etc.

  • At Thursday, 28 September, 2006, Blogger Phemisaurus Terribilis said…

    If I had thumbs, they'd be up for you people. Wonderful! And as for the police objecting to boy's mags being read in public, that gives me an idear, arrrr.

  • At Friday, 29 September, 2006, Blogger simply wondered said…

    let me guess, Ms Terribilis - the idea involves riping people/things into small pieces and eating them? we may have to progress from this one - you just gotta evolve or you'll catch extinction, you know. and why have you ceased to threaten me? I miss you and your lumbering gait.

  • At Friday, 29 September, 2006, Blogger stormy said…

    Simply Wondered said:
    "..the reason they put Lads Mags next to the children's mags might be that they have to group them by reading age?"

    Aha! I think you're onto something here - no wonder they're worried about the top shelf - here it was we were thinking it was their concern for randy elves (or other height-challenged perverts).

  • At Saturday, 30 September, 2006, Blogger simply wondered said…

    randy elves - a heart-warming if worrying image.

  • At Saturday, 30 September, 2006, Blogger Fanny Blood said…

    unFUCKINGbelievable!!!!!!!!! X

  • At Tuesday, 10 October, 2006, Blogger spannerin said…

    i found this totally depressing. well done Charlie for going along and doing what you did...i know my blood would be boiling. I also feel sad that if i did try to challenge this i am sure the response i would get is that i was just jealous and i just didn't have the body for it. How do we stop sexism being so normal?


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