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About Lucy – Anne Holmes

Lucy-Anne Holmes is an actress and writer living in Brighton, campaigning for the end to Page 3.

No More Page 3 is a campaign to stop The Sun from including pictures of topless glamour models on its page 3.

The campaign was started by Lucy-Anne-Holmes in 2012 and has received support from Green MP Caroline Lucas along with

cross party support from over 140 other MPs. It also has the support of many groups and organizations including the National Assembly for Wales, UK Girlguiding, National Union of Teachers, National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of teachers and Lecturers, Unison, the British Youth Council, The Girls Brigade, Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid, End Violence Against Women Coalition, The Everyday Sexism Project, White Ribbon Campaign, Zero Tolerance, Aurora Dawn, Shape your future, The Women’s Room, The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, UK Feminista, Local Mums online, Turn your back on Page 3, Object, Child Eyes, Certain Curtain Theatre and Arts Against Abuse, Body Charity, Say No To Child Abuse, Great Men Value Women, respect UK, The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, Victim No more, Population Matters, the Women’s Sports Trust, Against Violence and Abuse and LIFT.

It’s not that Holmes is a humourless harridan who blanches at the mention of sex. Far from it, she’s a writer of romantic comedies whose characters display a very healthy interest in the subject, and Holmes also used to write a popular blog on her personal life, detailing when and how she was getting her kicks. She grew up in a Sun-reading household in Buckinghamshire and, she stresses, isn’t calling for a ban or censorship – she is asking that the Sun voluntarily stops publishing Page 3.

granted that I was ashamed of my breasts. They arrived at the age of 11 and people around me were commenting on the breasts on Page 3. Men that I looked up to were looking at that newspaper, and for an 11-year- old that was a big deal. Mine didn’t look like that. I carried this shame with me, but you don’t think about it till you get older and wonder, ‘Why do I hate my boobs?’”

“I was brought up with the Sun and would always look at it when I was young. It has bright pictures of pop stars and my brother always said it’s the best paper for sport. For lots of people the Sun has always been there and they don’t think about it. But it has an effect. I just took it for

About feminism…:

“In the past feminism has sounded academic. It was for people talking on Newsnight, and I wasn’t comfortable in the rhetoric, wasn’t comfortable talking about it. When I was writing my blog, I was writing about feminism, but I didn’t know it was feminism at the time. I wasn’t schooled in feminist theory and had probably absorbed a negative view of it because the media has done such a hatchet job.

But with things like the Everyday Sexism project, it’s easy to talk about your experiences, and it’s clear, so that’s powerful. A lot of people might not have felt comfortable using the term feminism, but they will talk about sexism because we all know it when we see it. I don’t want to sound patronising, because I’m talking about myself here. But now I’m proud to call myself a feminist because it’s what has given us the everyday rights we have.”

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