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Blackfen School for Girls

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Students debate the role of women in the media

"Women - role models or glamour models"  was the subject of a lively debate at an event put on by GCSE Citizenship students with a panel of campaigners, teachers and local business people. 

Questions discussed were:

Should lads mags be on the top shelf?

Should page 3 be banned as part of a family newspaper?

Do glamour models fuel body image problems in young women?

The panel consisted of: Lucy  Ann Holmes, author and lead campaigner for No More Page, Martin Harradine, Owner of Harradine Removals and parent of a student, Helen Lancaster of Bexley Women's Aid, Sarah Cascarino, Deputy Head Teacher, and Juli Dosad, Owner of Banter Graphics with years of experience in youth and Community Work.

 Concluding opinions were that page three should be banned and lads mags should be relegated to the top shelf.  Also that there is much work to be done on looking at the sexualisation of music videos and the increasing normalisation of womens bodies being on display.

 Statements of support were sent by Theresa Pearce MP but many students were shocked by the lack of support for the issue in parliament and vowed to write to their MP to further highlight the issues discussed.


Lucy Ann Holmes (middle above) said "I think these young ladies are fabulous for highlighting this issue and being so proactive. I am in awe of their energy and wish them every success. "