Driven nuts by mags

4th August 2006 at 01:00
It is bad enough reconciling the fact that some of my colleagues read The Sun, but now I have to put up with lads' mags such as Zoo and Nuts. Not a week goes by when, in a well-earned break in the staffroom, I am not confronted by the offensive sight of denuded girls pressing up against each other. I have made a complaint but it has not been taken seriously. I have spoken to the "readers" but they don't see what the problem is. There should be more rules about this type of sexism in the workplace. I now boycott the staffroom and have been pleased that a few colleagues have shown support.

Staffrooms are traditionally a bit of a blind spot in the work environment.

It's where the backbiting and plotting goes on and where teachers and others seem to be able to act inappropriately with impunity. That will change if more people like yourself are prepared to make a fuss. There should be clear rules in staffrooms around the country about what is and what isn't acceptable. The fact that you are offended by these images is a good enough reason for them to be outlawed. Perhaps if these magazines were finally to be certified as pornographic, an issue recently brought up in the House of Commons, you may have a stronger case. But as this probably will not happen it is the responsibility of colleges to look into this matter. There is also a bigger issue here. As a teacher is it enough to pay lip service to issues such as equality and social responsibility? Surely, you have to be seen to be a believer and a practitioner too.

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