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Success! £5K Raised to Start Legal Challenge to Strip Clubs

Legal Challenge to Say

We did it! Thanks to you we've met out £5K target - the minimum needed to initiate legal proceedings against a council having no limit on strip clubs.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated!!

And if you haven't, but would like to contribute to this ground breaking challenge you still can here. Any extra raised could be used if the case goes through to the next stage or to better support the team right now.

What happens now? The legal team submits papers making the case that Sheffield City Council did not consider equality law when it decided there should be no limit on strip clubs. A Judge then decides if we have a case.

If the Judge says 'yes' this send a strong message to the entire strip industry and all local councils that they must consider equality law properly when forming their policies over strip clubs. It also means we could potentially pursue the case further and take the Council to court which would force it to re-write its policy and of course sends an even stronger message to local councils and the strip industry.

We’ll keep you posted over the coming weeks.

And a HUGE THANK YOU again!!!

Donate Here

Pop Up Strip Clubs

Unlicensed, Unregulated, Unacceptable

Even if a council has a policy of NO strip clubs (as Cheltenham does) there is absolutely nothing it can do about 'pop up' strip venus because the law allows for 'occasional' stripping without any regulation, licensing or controls.

The end result? Local towns like Cheltenham turn into 'walk through brothels' during its horse racing festival. Women in 'pop up' strip venues having to literally fight off sexual assaults from punters and women working in other pubs and bars being told they have to put up with being groped during race season.

Covered in The Times and The Mail

(of course the Mail features plenty of 'sexy' promotional images from the very strip club operators they are condemning)

Check out CheltFems - local campaigners fighting this here and on twitter here: @Chelt_Fems

Brave New Media

And finally, a big welcome to everyone's who's joined us from the Media Reform conference last weekend. An amazing event, that we were honoured to speak at, that plotted out the ideal of a new way to do media unbeholden to consumerism, advertising and profiteering .. roll on that day!

But we must make sure this Brave New Media has no space for misogyny or the patriarchy too or it won't be all that brave or all that new after all.

Find out about the Media Reform Coalition here

Media Festival

Media Festival

Sat 17th March London

We're thrilled to be speaking at this major conference on media reform with incredible speakers from Stop Funding Hate, Hacked Off and many others. And it's free!

Get yer tickets here

Legal Challenge to say ..

A huge thank you to over 100 generous supporters! Thanks to you, we are less than £200 off the £5K needed to take the first step in a legal challenge against Councils placing no limit on Strip Clubs.

If we don't reach our £5K target we don't keep any of the money! So, if you can, chip in for those last few £s

It's been great to have had the campaign featured in the Sheffield Star, Psychologies Blog and Medium with major press also interested.

Please tweet about it with this pre-filled tweet here

Donate Here


It's been almost too busy this year already! Here's a quick update on some of what we have been up to:

Porn & Harassment

We helped put together a submission to the Women's and Equalities Committee's enquiry into Sexual Harassment which speficially asked for evidence of the impact of porn. Check it out here

Porn & Sexual Violence

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual Violence also consulted specifically on porn and sexual violence. Check out our response Here

The APPG are holding an open session on this on April 17th Details here

POW Festival

And we talked on Porn and on Gender Stereotyping at the POW (Power Of Women) Festival in Kent

More Here



TUC Says NO to Pimps!

The TUC has voted resoundingly against a motion to decriminalise pimps and punters.

The motion was brought by train driver's union Aslef (95% male members), backed by the GMB, who had already been lobbied hard by the sex industry. Clearly getting the TUC to support the legitimising of the sex trade is a key goal of the industry.

This is despite the fact that the TUC's own Women's Conference support the diametrically opposite stance and call for the criminalising of pimps and punters as the only way to end the sex trade and all the abuse associated with it.

Congrats and thanks to all (including Nordic Model Now! who were busy talking and flyering ASLEF and TUC delegates).

Read All About It!

Nordic Model Now! exposes the flaws in the motion and misrepresentations at the TUC Congress fringe meeting

Harriet Harman on why she opposed it

Kat Banyard, a leading authority on laws around prostitution


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Hospital Shops withdraw The Sport

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Supporter, Cheryl, contacted us upset that the shop in the hospital where she worked was selling The Sport.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) runs most hospital shops in the UK.

We contacted RVS and they called back within the hour, saying they would withdraw it from sale immediately.

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