Nutter campaigners 'find' that the sex industry is undermining equality between women and men at work
the Fawcett Society claim that the use of lap dancing clubs and display of pornography in a work context is a major new threat to women's equality at work.
Their paper, Corporate Sexism: the sex industry's infiltration of the modern workplace , was launched at an event hosted by BT, with Harriet Hatemen, Minister for Women, the key-note speaker.
The nutters' 'findings' include:
• 41% of UK lap dancing clubs directly target employers through marketing on their websites
• 86% of lap dancing clubs in London provide ‘discrete receipts' which enable employees to claim back expenses from their employer without it being evident the money was spent in a lap dancing club
• Lads' mags are displayed for sale purposes in over 50,000 workplaces. A content analysis of leading titles revealed all contained pornographic imagery. Yet there are no independent, compulsory guidelines regarding the display and sale of pornography,
and no major retailer has a policy of covering up lads' mags or putting them on the top shelf
Fawcett claims that the use of lap dancing clubs and display of pornography in a work context is seriously undermining women's status at work and is in violation of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.
Their recommendations include:
Implementing independent regulation of sexually explicit print media
Covering up lads' mags and putting them on the top shelf when displayed in shops
Implementing robust workplace policies and procedures to prevent pornography and lap dancing clubs being used in a work context
Kat Banyard, Campaigns Officer at the Fawcett Society said:
While the days when it was deemed acceptable to hang ‘girly calendars' on office walls may be long gone, the presence of degrading imagery of women in UK workplaces has never been more endemic. Pornographic lads' mags are openly
displayed in over 50,000 retail shops – each one of them somebody's workplace. But displaying these magazines in this way is in violation of the Sex Discrimination Act, so it is crucial that retail employers cover up pornographic newspapers and lads'
mags and place them on the top shelf.