Glamour model Courtnie Quinlan made a statement in the Plymouth Herald last week defending her job and stressing that she is an intelligent woman and it is her choice to pose for Page 3. She wondered whether the No More Page 3 campaign would also want to ‘ban’ breasts on the beach or bare-chested men on Men’s Health magazines and she said she felt that Page 3 promoted a natural healthy body which was a positive influence for young women.
We submitted a response which was published yesterday in an edited version which we felt didn’t make much sense, so here is our response in full:
‘We read the statement by Plymouth glamour model Courtnie Quinlan in the Herald recently and felt we needed to respond because there were a few misunderstandings about the No More Page 3 campaign.
We are not against the models or their job, the campaign is directed solely at the editors of the newspaper. We are also not asking for a ban, we are asking the Sun to stop publishing these images in a national daily and hoping that public opinion will eventually persuade them.
We are not offended by breasts – breasts are wonderful – and we are not against nudity in context, like on a beach where everyone is nearly naked.
The problem with Page 3 is that the largest image of a woman in the newspaper is just standing in her pants alongside images of men wearing clothes and doing stuff like jobs and sport and running the country. She is just displaying her naked breasts in a sexually inviting way, saying and doing nothing except being passively available.
She’s only there for titillation and this sends a very clear message about the role of women in our society, it says ‘this is what women are for, this is their greatest value.’
There are no such sexualised provocative images of men in newspapers or magazines.
The ‘Page 3’ girl is overwhelmingly young, white, small-framed and large-breasted. This is a very narrow body type that less than 5% of women have naturally so it’s an impossible ideal to achieve for most. We don’t think it’s a healthy body image to promote to young girls growing up – more and more of whom want boob jobs just to feel normal.
‘Don’t like it don’t buy it’ doesn’t work unfortunately. Ask the teenage girl who gets it shown to her on the bus. Or the woman who feels humiliated at work when Page 3 gets passed round. Or the student who feels her gender reduced to sexual entertainment for men whenever she sees Page 3 in the coffee bar. Or the young woman feeling intimidated and threatened walking past a group of men looking at it and making lewd comments. Or the young girl in her own home feeling confused and ashamed when she sees daddy ogling the breasts of a woman not much older than her.
We would like to have the choice not to see it and while it is published in a national newspaper we don’t have that choice.’