UK: No more Page 3 thanks to Essex student union. “We need to value father’s family role,” Jon Cruddas. AU’s Female frontbenchers.

No more Page 3 thanks to University of Essex student union Essex Enquirer Students at the University of Essex are no longer be able to buy a copy of The Sun or The Star following a decision made by the Union Council after students said they felt uncomfortable with the representation of women in the papers.

The Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union does not believe that the largest representation of women in any newspaper should be an image of her naked body. We will not continue to sell these newspapers until they rethink how they see women.”

Chantel Le Carpentier Vice President for Welfare and Community at the Students’ Union said: “The images of women published in these newspapers not only encourage readers to judge women on their bodies and appearance, but also misrepresent the role of women in society as just objects for men to look at…”

Labour’s new childcare policies are nothing but ridiculous fairy tales Telegraph.co.uk Lucy Powell MP has been appointed shadow minister for childcare and children. The fact that it is called ‘childcare and children’ and not families and children is no accident. Labour believes children should spend more time in external, institutionalised childcare than with their families as encouraging more women into work will be “a big boost for their family budgets and a major gain for the exchequer.” No mention of children then, they are obstacles to work.

Labour announced two childcare policies at its conference. The first is increasing the universal provision of 15 hours early years learning to 25 hours childcare – the extra 10 hours are for working, namely dual-earning, families only. Ms Powell repeatedly refers to ‘working families’ as dual-earning families. Single-earning families simply do not feature on the radar, probably because we are ‘last century’. We do not seem to be regarded as ‘working families’ at any rate.

Jon Cruddas: Labour ‘got things wrong’ under last government The Guardian …As Labour focuses on the role of the family in society, he said there would be a major focus on boosting the domestic roles of fathers and the working roles of mothers.

“There is a deep feeling of unfairness amongst women at the burden they have to shoulder,” he said. Too many have a  triple shift of paid work, looking after the children and caring for an older relative.

“Amongst men there is the sense of being excluded from domestic life. We need a new conversation about families and their relationships  that is jointly owned by women and men.

“We need to value father’s family role as highly as his working role, and women’s working role as highly as her domestic one.”

Australia

Australia’s Labor appoints 11 women to frontbench Business Recorder SYDNEY: Australia’s new Labour chief Bill Shorten on Monday appointed 11 women to his frontbench, including his deputy, describing Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s inclusion of just one as “ridiculous”.

Shorten, who won a vote to become opposition leader on Sunday, also cautioned Abbott against playing “political games” by threatening fresh elections next year over a deadlock on climate change policy.

Female frontbenchers: Labor ‘on track’ for record as Plibersek … The Guardian The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, claims the ALP is “on track” to have the highest female frontbench representation of any opposition or government after Tanya Plibersek was elected deputy Labor leader, Penny Wong leader of the opposition in the Senate and 11 women were elected to Labor’s frontbench.

The caucus ballot means Labor has almost double the female representation as the government’s frontbench.

Labor’s 11 female shadow ministers compares with the Coalition government’s one cabinet minister and four women in the outer ministry. Shorten will now determine which of the 30 frontbenchers elected on Monday serve in the shadow cabinet and which in the outer ministry, allocate portfolios and appoint parliamentary secretaries.

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6 Responses to UK: No more Page 3 thanks to Essex student union. “We need to value father’s family role,” Jon Cruddas. AU’s Female frontbenchers.

  1. chase canadé says:

    When blooming idiots focus on trivia matters we get the above outcome.

  2. chase canadé says:

    That should have stated:
    “When blooming idiots focus on trivial matters we get the above outcome.”

    Though it does hold true stated either way.

  3. Reblogged this on thepoliticalvagina and commented:
    This is serendipitous! Yesterday I just began an essay about women being pressured into the work-force as a capitalist plot. Today I have a new follower who’s touching on those very same issues;
    “Labour’s new childcare policies are nothing but ridiculous fairy tales Telegraph.co.uk Lucy Powell MP has been appointed shadow minister for childcare and children. The fact that it is called ‘childcare and children’ and not families and children is no accident. Labour believes children should spend more time in external, institutionalised childcare than with their families as encouraging more women into work will be “a big boost for their family budgets and a major gain for the exchequer.” No mention of children then, they are obstacles to work.

    Labour announced two childcare policies at its conference. The first is increasing the universal provision of 15 hours early years learning to 25 hours childcare – the extra 10 hours are for working, namely dual-earning, families only. Ms Powell repeatedly refers to ‘working families’ as dual-earning families. Single-earning families simply do not feature on the radar, probably because we are ‘last century’. We do not seem to be regarded as ‘working families’ at any rate.”

  4. carlcymru says:

    i would say a more concerning issue than page 3 would be the portrayal of sexualised shool children in The Sun, eg the paper was happy enough to print pictures of Britney Spears or Girls Aloud dressed as St Trinians girls or even worse the countdowns until they were “legal” for high profile girls such as Charlotte Church and more recently Emma Watson. I would rate the sinister/predatory nature of these things in the Sun a far more pressing issue than page 3. I think The Sun has an awful lot to answer for!

  5. HmmI don’t think this is a trivial issue at all. Good for the Student Union I say. I also note the proposition for Labour to up the “childcare”. Do these people have no idea of the difference between care in the family and care by a hired helper?

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