Written by Chloe Topley
After following this campaign and admiring how they attempted to smash a little bit of misogyny using simply printed t-shirts and an overwhelmingly well received petition, I was extremely pleased to hear the news this morning.
Even though the paper wanted to “quietly” drop the feature from their paper, the response on social media has been extraordinary, and in some cases blood boiling…
The reason I have backed this campaign is not about the model who arguably chooses to partake in this type of work, but because of the impact such features in a national newspaper has on society. The paper is readily available to any child who has a spare 40-60 pence left over from their pocket money, what message does this send out to the next generation? It teaches young boys that it is acceptable to expect naked women to be readily available for them, whilst teaching young girls that the best way to get a whole page dedicated to you in the newspaper is not to try to change the world or to express remarkable intelligence or talent, but instead to simply stand naked for anybody to see. I am no way saying that women should not be body positive and proud to ‘show off’ their bodies but I struggle to see that a NEWSpaper is the right place to do so, plus it should be common knowledge that there is much more women can do in order to be admired.
However, in true raging feminist spirit I am still not completely satisfied. Whilst giving complete respect to all those at the front of the No More Page 3 campaign, I’m not sure that the result is one that can be considered to have smashed media sexism in completely the right way. When we are all shrieking with joy that there is ‘no more page 3’, we should actually be shrieking that ‘consenting naked women have been replaced with humiliated non-consensual women’. The feature is being replaced with candid shots, as seen in today’s issue of The Sun. Candid shots are photos with paparazzi have managed to get of well known women who have put on weight, or whose bikini has accidently slipped. So now what is this teaching society? That when there is an outcry that you cannot see a naked woman, you have to get more sneaky, that it is acceptable to aim to find this material elsewhere, even if it means without consent. The issue has now moved on to one of consent with this shift to candid shots, so my concluding suggestion is let’s just get rid of The Sun completely, because nothing in there is really news, is it?