I was amused, but mostly exasperated to see a double page spread in The Sun today expounding the virtues of Page Three girls as they raise so much money for charity as well as getting their kit off for the boys! – well so did Jimmy Saville, ( raise money for charity, he kept his clothes on I think?) so let’s not pretend putting a few coffers in the charity box washes away all our sins, indiscretions or moral turpitude eh?
The whispers about the need to dump page three are gathering momentum and starting to be heard, the latest petition lead by Lucy a writer and actor ‘NoMorePageThree’ now has over 52k signatures just from a simple facebook campaign started in August this year and many other people and groups are lobbying The Sun to stop, what is now seen as outdated and more than a little harmless titillation.
I cannot tell you how vexed I get when people say to me ‘oh, it’s only a bit of fun, no harm in looking at a pretty girl when she is a willing participant.’ Well, my response to that is if we did not have Page Three there would be no Jordan; no multi billion dollar glamour model industry; few teenage girls obsessed with boob jobs and the rest; No, The Only Way is Essex and all the other reality TV shows that glamorise loutish behaviour and promiscuity – shall I go on? All actions have consequences and we are deluded if we do not see the obvious links here.
I am amazed that in 2012 women are having to shout loud to get this stopped and those that do, risk being ridiculed and branded as prudes or ugly, fat, jealous party poopers! This is soft porn folks and The Sun is a family paper. And do not be misled into thinking that this stops at a pretty picture in print. In 1999 The Sun launched its website
www.page3.com and now we get to see Page Three girls in 360 degree images and inevitably, soft porn turns hard core.
It is time to stop this and The Sun would be wise to symbolise their so called support of women by taking this dated, demeaning and downright offensive page out of their daily mock up. If people want to ogle nude pictures of women they can find enough images online and in the privacy of their own home, why should we all be subjected to this and, more importantly, in a so called equal society why should we be OK with this? Do we have any idea of the precedents we set and messages we project by accepting it? We should not be surprised when becoming a glamour model is stated as a key aspiration for so many girls, yet we are?? Time to wake up and smell the coffee folks.