Girl Guides take on The Sun's Page Three girls

BRITAIN'S half-million-strong Girl Guides have offered their support to efforts to persuade The Sun to stop featuring topless Page Three girls.

The Girl Guide movement, one of the UK's leading charities for girls and women, backed campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes's petition "to take the bare boobs out of The Sun" after a ballot of more than 2,000 members aged between 16-25 showed 88 per cent supported Holmes's cause. They join more than 90,000 other supporters of the petition.

Girlguiding UK also wrote an open letter to The Sun's editor Dominic Mohan calling on him to drop the "disrespectful" feature. "We know that The Sun is a family newspaper. Anyone can pick it up, turn to Page Three, and think that it is normal for young women to be treated as objects. We feel this is just wrong and has to stop," the group's senior members write.

"As a young woman in UK society, it is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you are not the same as your male equivalent. This is what Page Three does. It is disrespectful and embarrassing."

The group's intervention comes weeks after Rupert Murdoch hinted in a Twitter message it might be time for The Sun to abandon Page Three. He told a fellow user who complained that the feature was "so last century" she might "be right". The Sun has made no public comment on Girlguiding UK's letter, but editor Mohan has persistently defended the feature. He told the Leveson Inquiry last year Page Three was an "innocuous" staple of British life and that the daily photos simply celebrated "natural beauty". · 

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