Book Review: How to Start a Revolution by Lucy-Anne HolmesPosted: April 17, 2015
A lot of shops put little cheap items by the till in order to prompt idiots to make impulse buys. I know because I am one of those idiots.
Sometimes, however, my idiocy pays off and I pick up something like this book, which is a gem.
I hate to admit I wasn’t familiar with Lucy-Anne Holmes, I haven’t read any of her novels and the name didn’t ring any bells. The campaign she founded did though.
LAH founded the No More Page 3 campaign to get The Sun newspaper to drop its traditional topless models.
I must admit that for years I hadn’t given Page 3 much thought, it just being one of those things that was just there in the background. I don’t read the paper so I wasn’t exposed to it.
When I heard about the campaign I did think about it, and agreed. I’m not a prude, this was about context. Why was a newspaper featuring topless women and what effect did this have?
Probably negative ones. Not only was it objectification but what did it tell people about women’s role in society? That they were just meant to look pretty? That all they had to offer was tits?
LAH’s book details her campaign and she concisely lists her objections, but the book, as the title suggest is also a great guide to how to effect change and mount a campaign, in a positive manner.
Holmes is clear on this throughout, the campaign wasn’t uptight, it was fun (they included a LEGO page 3 girl due to the toy company’s association with the paper and the problems this might cause, which is an eye catching and interesting approach, as you’ll see below) and friendly, there was very little ranting and self righteousness, they simply expressed their passionate opposition and explained why Page 3 was problematic. And in the end they won.
Its a great quick read and Holmes is a warm, engaging writer and gives good advice on how to mount a campaign and how to deal with trolls. It’s just wonderful, one of the best impulse buys I’ve ever made.
Verdict: A warm and witty guide to 21st century campaigning and a brief history of the No More Page 3 campaign. Holmes is a wonderfully charming voice and the book has a nice, positive vibe. 8/10.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.