We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.
This weekend it's the 43rd anniversary of Page 3. I hope it's the last. Here is a letter I wrote to Sun editor, David Dinsmore.
SUs around the country have been voting to remove The Sun from their campuses, and have been successful. For us at Warwick though, it's a bit tougher. We do not own or manage the store selling the newspaper. Therefore we can't just make a vote and stop. Unfazed by this, we at NMP3W believe that this is something we can, and must, achieve. We do not want this 'institution' to continue on our grounds.
A good number of men have always supported the No More Page 3 campaign from the start but as the debate about Page 3 receives more and more publicity the proportion of men signing the petition has grown exponentially.
This week David Dinsmore, editor of the Sun newspaper, addressed the subject of Page 3 at the London Press Club and claimed that after conducting 'various polls and investigations done with focus groups' the consensus was 'do not touch it.'
We are not asking newspapers to stop printing topless pictures everyday because we find naked breasts or naked women upsetting, how ridiculous would that be, we would be affronted just by looking down or catching sight of ourselves in a mirror.
To celebrate International Day of the Girl I would like to reclaim the word 'girl' and restore it to its original meaning: a young woman below the age of eighteen.
Perhaps when the largest image of a woman in The Sun is no longer the one where she's showing her breasts for men we will see different women, doing different things.
Having just played myself at Hangman, I got him down to his limbs, I thought some form of human contact was needed. I called my friend (fellow bipolar...
Thousands of parents have entered their baby's photo for a chance for them to be named Sunbeam of the year. Umm...these parents do know about Page 3, right?
I know that in the UK we don't shoot girls for wanting to go to school, that no one has been raped on a bus in full view of passengers, and that to marry off your under age daughter, you do actually have to take her out of the country, but in all honesty I'm not sure we are as far away from that level of misogyny as we'd like to think.
Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.
For 43 years you have bullied women. You have served up bare-breasted young women daily for the sexual titillation and arousal of your male readership. You have belittled and dehumanised one half of the population to entertain the other half. And even worse, you have sold it as liberation and empowerment for women.
"I once worked in a company where I was the only female on a floor of men. They would look me up and down, laughing. They would bring in The Sun, put it on my desk open at Page 3 and ask if I looked like the topless woman pictured."
Do the maths, David. You are selling papers, but you are selling women short. Your newspaper churns out an endless stream of words and images that reduce women to a series of trussed-up body parts, printed on the page for men to mock or to masturbate over, before throwing them away.
The Sun is in a unique position here and a complete turn around on this iconically sexist page could really impact how women are treated in British society as a result. If women are shown respect on this page, the message will reverberate through to people and with any luck other publications will follow suit.