Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

For the Sake of Argument

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

For the Sake of Argument

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We were disappointed that a woman encouraging girls to "argue their corner" should be so quick to criticise students promoting feminist causes ("Girls can win the war of words. Discuss", Comment, 10 January).

Ironically, given Claire Fox's emphasis on "well researched argument", many of her assertions were unfounded. We formally support No More Page 3, not the #losetheladsmags campaign. Neither campaign advocates an outright ban; instead they call for pornographic images to be appropriately placed.

Young women's political efforts have long been discredited by the term "fashionable". We protest not because it is "fashionable" (our campaign against Tesco predates the national movement), nor because we live in a "culture of complaint". "A few topless pictures" are a symptom of a culture in which women are bombarded with images that imply they should be defined by their appearance. …

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