OBJECT Supporters Northern Ireland Meeting Thursday 25th Feb!

This delightful picture to the left was snapped yesterday in my local Sainsbury’s supermarket at Forestside shopping centre, Belfast. What you may not be aware of is that Sainsbury’s adopted a policy in 2006 of covering lads’ mags up to the title due to pressure from customers who complained about being subjected to such offensive and degrading images of women. Not only are Sainsbury’s Forestside failing to adhere to this policy but they have even drawn extra attention to Loaded magazine by placing it in a ‘Recommended Read’ box. Given the consistently falling sales figures for these publications I can only assume they are desperate to shift copies. Unfortunately the gentleman in charge of magazine displays wasn’t there yesterday when I approached customer services to complain, but I have his name and I will be back to follow up on this.

If you’ve ever been in a similar situation and wished it wasn’t just you on your lonesome making a nuisance of yourself and having shop assistants look uncomfortable before rolling their eyes at you then I think you need to come to an OBJECT meeting. OBJECT for me is about knowing that you’re not alone in your outrage and not only that, but that your outrage can actually turn into positive energy and achieve real change. Details below – hope to see you there.

Thursday 25th Feb, 7:30 pm, Corrymeela Office 8 Upper Crescent Belfast, BT7 1NT

After months of talking about it we are finally setting up a regional OBJECT group for Northern Ireland with a view to providing a space here where all of us who feel strongly about the problem of sex object culture can talk honestly together about what the challenges are, inspire a bit of hope in each other and start planning some action!
OBJECT is a human rights organisation that challenges ‘sex object culture’ – the ever increasing sexual objectification of women in the media and popular culture.

Sex object culture has been driven by the mainstreaming of the porn and sex industries and has been highlighted as a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women (End Violence Against Women Coalition, 2008).

We raise awareness of the links between sex object culture and sexism because of the need to tackle the attitudes underpinning inequality and violence against women.

Check out Object’s website to read about some of their recent campaiging successes. http://www.object.org.uk
There is much to do here as we push our devolved institutions to catch up with progressive legislative changes in Westminster and we get to grips with the public awareness raising needed to challenge the culture of sexism in our wee country.

OBJECT is not a woman only space and men are welcome to come along and be part of the conversation and contribute to changing sex object culture.

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=304670184586

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1 Response to “OBJECT Supporters Northern Ireland Meeting Thursday 25th Feb!”


  1. 1 scaser February 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Great to see this group taking off! I’ll keep reading the blog to see how things develop. The scottish coalition against sexual exploitation is making links with activists and individuals nationally and internationally to share information, articles, resources and ideas for activism. Hope you’ll follow us on facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Coalition-Against-Sexual-Exploitation/175173580913
    and keep us posted on what you’re doing. Would be great to connect and work together.


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