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Ask M&S to withdraw the STAR
OBJECT wrote to M&S about withdrawing THE STAR newspaper (with the most graphic covers of all newspapers) in light of research by the American Psychological Association showing that the objectification of women harms girls emotionally, sexually and physically.
M&S sent an astonishingly encouraging response, clearly suggesting that if they received enough complaints they would consider a withdrawal. To date they have received little complaint about THE STAR.
M&S have already withdrawn various lads' mags because of customer's concerns. The only high street retailer to do so. We suggest exactly the same principles apply to THE STAR as lads' mags - if not more so - surely having this in a newspaper normalises the objectification of women even more to adults... and to children.
We are urging as many people as possible to write to M&S by post (or if not by email). Please pass this email on to anyone else who you feel might like to write.
RAPE CRISIS and other women's organisations are also joined the campaign.
WRITE TO M&S
Here is a letter template. Points you might wish to include are:
Please consider writing and please pass this email on to any one else who you feel might support this action.
If possible, please write by post to:
Chair & Chief Executive's Office
Retail Customer Services
Chester Business Park
Alternatively, e-mail Customer services:
Please mark FAO: Matt Rogers
OBJECT challenges the objectification of women. We are advisors to Amnesty International UK, partners with the Women's National Commission (the government's advisor on women), members of the End Violence Against Women campaign and mandated to work with the National Union of Students.
women not sex objects