“Because it’s ancient, it’s embarrassing and it’s degrading” – the reason one significant man in my life gave me for his support of the No More Page 3 Campaign.
So often the campaign is thought of as a women’s issue but the page 3 objectification of women has an effect on both sexes and this is why we are so lucky to have so many excellent men contributing to the campaign in lots of ways from supporting wives, girlfriends and mothers to wearing their own No More Page 3 T-Shirt; from protesting (at times solo) on the streets to writing great blogs.
We also get some fantastic input from the chaps on Twitter and on our Facebook page. Here are some of the brilliant reasons some of our male supporters have shared with us for an end to page 3 pornography–
On Facebook Simon Foster told us that objectified images like page 3 “…. savages men’s ability to see women as people, then men lose out as well. I advocate feminism because I have a daughter but also because I have a son.”
In a similar vein Bryan Lomax told us the effect he thinks images like page 3 have on men in society.
“As a man I’ve had to fight my whole life to gain a real and true perception of womanhood that isn’t based on the manufactured b*** c*** that is forced upon me through the never ending stream of media images….If I was to have a son I would hate to have him grow up with the kind of mindset that a lot of men have regarding women. I would fight tooth and nail to make sure that doesn’t happen. Not for women’s sake but for his.” He added that some men’s “..entire way of thinking about the opposite sex is totally warped” and that this is because “..they’ve been brainwashed since birth that women exist primarily for their sexual fulfillment.”
One chap told us that an end to page 3 would be popular amongst his male friends “I don’t know what official research has been done on the numbers of males who also think page 3 should be a thing of the past, but I for one don’t know any males who think the opposite.” He went on to say that page 3 isn’t just sexist towards women but is also “…sexist towards men who do not like being treated or thought of as unthinking, nudity obsessed morons who only see women as objects.”
On twitter @NeilDance added his support asking “is page 3 of the sun the only remnant of 1970′s culture that has not yet been eradicated?”
And Matthew tweets about The Sun being read on public transport “I saw a guy mindlessly gawping at it on the train whilst it was spread open on the train table. I felt embarrassed to be a man.”
So, to our brilliant male supporters thanks you so much and we would love to hear more from you. We would like to feature a regular Men Against Page 3 Day including contributions from the male perspective as we feel it is such an important part of this campaign. Please feel free to add your voice below or get in touch and give us your reasons for supporting No More Page 3, write us a poem, a blog, sing us a song or tell us through the media or mime or dance However it comes, we would love to hear it and share it.
And to our fantastic women supporters – what of the men in your life? At home, in your wider family, your circle of friends or at work? What do they think about page 3? If you haven’t asked why not ask today or this week.
And to all of you thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for your fantastic support and please keep sharing the petition link below with all your friends, family and colleagues.
I will give the final word on our first Men against Page 3 day to another male supporter from his blog “Musings of a man”
“I believe in life we should take responsibility for our actions and beliefs. To those people who do not support the No More Page 3 campaign I would urge you not to let apathy stop you positively affecting the future generations. For those who advocate maintaining pornographic images of women in a newspaper I urge you to consider the effect the daily exposure of such images has on our children, the young, innocent and vulnerable for whom we would all give our lives for. Being part of a society means we all have a role, as individuals, groups and corporations. The more of us who positively live up to our responsibility the better society will be.”