Message of Support

APL received this message after our last Bin the Bunny protest (posted here with the author’s permission):

I just wanted to say thank you to the brave women who stood up against pornography by picketing the Playboy store in Oxford Street last Saturday. I can’t believe that such a place exists and what saddens me more is the number of women – even young teenage girls – I see wearing Playboy-embossed clothing and accessories. They’ve bought into the idea of what they “should” be in order to please men and it sickens me to the pit of my stomach.

A few years ago I volunteered in the office of CAP – Campaign Against Pornography. We staged a protest in Leicester Square when the film about Larry Flynt, Hustler, was released and this is why I was so pleased to see that there are still women around who will stand up and say this sort of sexist, misogynistic crap is WRONG. These days I have a government job and wouldn’t be permitted to take part in such public events.

Sadly I think that no number of women will ever obliterate pornography, nor even make a dent in it. For as long as men run the media and women buy into its messages there is no hope of change. Everywhere I go I’m confronted with sexualised images of women classed as adverts, stand in newsagents faced with the likes of Nuts and Zoo and have Page 3 shoved in my face on public transport. I feel the threat of sexual assault, of being classed as a second-class citizen. I’ve been ridiculed time and time again, told to “lighten up, it’s only a laugh” and been humiliated for speaking out. As such, I wish you luck and thank you for your courage.

2 responses

  1. Thanks so much for this comment. It’s great to know that people are supporting our actions. You can really tell when we are out on the street that people appreciate us being there. So many people smile or say ‘well done’. One man last week shouted ‘Close them down!’ as he went past.

  2. It’s always good to hear from people after a protest, it lets us know we’re doing something right!

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