Women In Media
This tired, out-dated crusade against Page Three comes at a time when the rest of mainstream media is actively conquering and exploiting a far more insidious form of female objectification. While feminists feebly fight the Sun, the online titillation monster grows daily, snatching bite-sized chunks of celebrity bikinis from the hands of news publications and serving them up to whomever types 'Kim Kardashian' and 'bikini' into Google.
Should Page 3 be scrapped? Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has suggested it can help fuel domestic violence
They're the sort of people who would never dream of reading the Sun in the first place, and have no real idea of the people that actually do. Well, the Sun is a largely working-class newspaper that approximately THREE MILLION women choose to read every day.
Lynne Featherstone's suggestion that The Sun's page 3 can help fuel domestic violence has been backed up by women's groups
Worryingly, the Everyday Sexism Project have received many reports from women describing sexual assault and even rape in the workplace being swept under the carpet or dealt with inappropriately by their employers: "Once raped by a colleague on a night out. Guess who lost their job? (not him)," read one, while another describes how after she was sexually assaulted at work "This was brushed under the carpet, the police weren't called and I was moved 'off-site'."
So in which direction does Page Three nudge us? Let me introduce the uninitiated to a little box called 'News in Briefs'. This little box purports to be the thoughts of the girl posing that day; they are presented in erudite fashion, and contain an esoteric quotation.
There's been an awful lot written about women's bodies recently. What with the endless articles devoted to Kate's boobs, the revelation that the 'average' woman spends 17 years of her life on a diet, not to mention the ongoing political battle about who gets to decide when she keeps or doesn't keep her unborn child. All in all, that's a lot of column inches devoted to fatness, thinness and everything in-between. No wonder we're all so f*cked up about our figures.
The Sun newspaper is being targeted this month by various campaigners, writers and thinkers who believe a daily dose of bare
Bum pinching. Wolf-whistling. Being heckled and honked at by passing drivers. Staying in the office while your workmates
In an age where celebrities who agree to bypass Photoshopping and be pictured au naturel are lauded as “brave”, it’s easy