Are Page 3 models really doing such a terrible thing?
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Female solidarity is a nice idea, but there’s always going to be women who see no problem in getting their boobs out and there’s always going to be women who find it absolutely appalling and objectifying. And if you’ve heard Lily Allen’s ‘Hard Out Here’, it doesn’t take a intellect to figure out what category of women she falls into - and it probably wouldn’t be the same category you’d find Rihanna or Miley Cyrus in. But after 40 years of the big boobs of The Sun’s third page, should these ‘No More Page 3’ campaign people just button it now? Will the world ever come to a united agreement that Page 3 is outdated and sexist and has to go? I doubt it. The campaigners of No More Page 3 are absolutely right - boobs are not news! But it’s clear a picture of a naked young lady is not designed to create news or tell a story; it’s there to grab the attention of people who ordinarily wouldn’t bother spending money on a boring newspaper full of boring political stories. So is it not evident that The Sun is just - in a very obvious way - trying to make the newspaper have a bit of something for everyone? And it’s worked! The Sun is one of the most successful newspapers going, so it’s not surprisingly the editors of The Sun are not so keen on the idea of getting rid of Page 3. We now live in a world where women can be lawyers, can vote, can drive, can do anything a bloke can do, so personally I don’t feel that Page 3 is the oracle of all evil and is objectifying women. People objectify people, and if a man sees a picture of a naked lady and takes from that that women are objects in the world then that’s a narrow minded personal problem of their own. The process of Page 3 modelling is one of complete control. All women who have been photographed for Page 3 know exactly what they signed up for and are not forced.
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