A Union General Meeting Motion proposing the movement of ‘lads’ mags’ in Your:Shop to the top shelf has failed to meet the quoracy and therefore was not passed, following the recent UGM vote.
The “Sexist Publications” motion forwarded by the YUSU Women’s Officers, Amy Burge and Erin McAlister, on November 14, specifically targeted magazines like FHM, Nuts and Zoo and newspapers such as The Daily Star.
Burge and McAlister suggested that these publications should be displayed “where people have to seek them out to see them or to cover the pornographic images.”
The motion was based on claims that these ‘lads’ Mags’ are sexist and “often more explicit than publications classed as pornography”.
The debate centered on the issue that Your:Shop is open to a diverse range of customers, including families with young children as well as students from religions that might find the images offensive. Opposition to the motion was led by James Flinders.
Rachel Hopkins, a first year student, said the magazines would be come associated with more pornographic material and so “become more taboo.”
Tom Seal, a first year Sociology student, described the motion as “political correctness gone wrong.”
For a motion to be passed, 206 votes must be cast with a two-thirds majority in favour.
The results for votes for UGM motions show a trend of failure as a consequence of too few votes being cast.