Model letter to BAM drafted by NUS Women's Officer Liv Bailey – feel free to adapt to include your own views and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing to express my concern about two of your recent activities. First, I understand that you have written to all students’ unions on your books suggesting they advertise Miss University GB at their institution. Second, I understand that you have facilitated the free distribution of FHM magazine at the fresher’s fairs of the unions you are contracted to work for.
I believe that Beauty Pageants like Miss University GB, and ‘lads’ mags like FHM, send the dangerous message that it is OK to value women purely on a narrow conception of beauty that bears little relation to the majority of women.
I believe that my institution should be free of the sexism and objectification that women face every day in wider society. I am disappointed that you did not more seriously consider the equal opportunities implications of the products that you have chosen to advertise.
I ask that you retract both promotions, and apologise for the negative impact that your action has had on campuses across the country.
For more info see article http://www.officeronline.co.uk//women/276618.aspx
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Info on objectification and home of Feminist Fridays- www.object.org
Background on objectification campaigning in Students' Unions- http://londonstudentfeminists.blogspot.com/