Okay, so we may no longer have to put up with the objectification of women deemed as ‘news’ but The Sun still holds a website with these photos, which can be accessed by anyone. A whole website dedicated to the existence of page 3.
For the time being, I can’t go into much depth, but I hope The Sun is happy page 3 is ‘still between page 2 and 4’ which it always was, just this time there’s no longer a topless woman. Come on Mister Sun, to have a page 2 then page 4 is absurd, we weren’t asking for you to remove the actual page and create a new newspaper system, we were just asking for you to stop running topless women.
And we may have finally won with claims and reports that the topless photos will no longer appear in the family newspaper.
However, amongst this celebrating I can’t help but feel disgust at the arguments for page 3. As I sat in the car today, listening to the droning of Jeremy Vine, many of the following arguments cropped up. Of course I was shouting at the radio, but I definitely wasn’t burning my bra and throwing rocks at men out of the window, because that’s not what feminists are, but many people assume we are.
‘Page 3 is showing the beauty and the natural body of women’ – It’s objectifying women, and it’s not news.
‘Page 3 has always existed, it’s been a thing we always do. We celebrate our bodies with nakedness- even the Victorians did it’– Really? You weren’t allowed to show your ankles but you were allowed to show your boobs? Wow.
‘This is just a campaign run by ultra feminist scum’ – You are not really helping the fight for equality by labelling women, who are campaigning for change, as scum. Way to go.
I could sit here all night and complain about these arguments but page 3 may be finally gone, and it may just be a small step in a long walk that we have to take for equality.
Salutings to all you feminists and campaigners out there, we may have won the first fight of a very long war.
~Over and out,