• Statement in response to the Irish Sun

    We’re really pleased that the Irish Sun has taken the decision to stop showing pictures of topless young women in its newspaper, we think this is a huge step in the right direction and we thank the editor, Paul Clarkson, for taking the lead in the dismantling of a sexist institution like page 3. We are hoping that the UK Sun will follow suit and ultimately hope for an end to all objectifying images and a truly equal representation of women within the British press. We look forward to the day when women are represented with respect and are featured in newspapers for the interesting things they say, think and do, in the same way as men are.

     

    In a radio interview earlier, Paul Clarkson stated that he felt the Page 3 feature put off many potential readers who would otherwise really enjoy his paper, and that many more people read the Irish Sun at the weekend when there is no Page 3. This is also true of the UK Sun, so we hope David Dinsmore is listening.

     

    We are proud that the No More Page 3 campaign has been instrumental in raising awareness of the inappropriate placement of a topless young woman in a daily family newspaper, and that people are questioning what these images are really saying about women. We think that most people in Britain have moved on from the sexist Seventies and Page 3 is an embarrassing relic from that era which people are no longer prepared to tolerate in 2013.

     

    So congratulations to the Irish Sun for a bold first step, it really can’t be much longer before the UK Sun stops trying to defend the indefensible and accepts that Page 3 is history!

16 Comments

  1. Dragana Brown says: August 8, 2013 at 2:37 pmReply

    Great news indeed – Thank you Lucy and the Team for all the amazing work you have been doing – and for being so prominent in raising public awareness of an absolute inadequacy (to say the least) of page three.
    I particularly appreciate the manner in which you have been conducting the campaign – totally composed, eloquent, with kindness, no malice, nothing personal against editors, just presenting one simple fact: that Page Three has absolutely no place in today’s world and that women are to be honoured for who they truly are, nothing more and nothing less.

  2. Iza says: August 8, 2013 at 2:39 pmReply

    they only started covering nipples, thats not a progress, its like a laugh towards supporters of no more page 3…

  3. Lynne says: August 8, 2013 at 2:43 pmReply

    I think this is a massive step forward that should be welcomed. Once the nipples are covered it will be very difficult to uncover them again!

    • Dragana Brown says: August 14, 2013 at 6:26 pmReply

      I like how you put it Lynne and I concur it is a step forward that we are to welcome.

  4. dee says: August 8, 2013 at 2:49 pmReply

    I was actually going to raise the same issue as Iza, I kind of think this is a barely worthy win, They are still ‘there for your sexual pleasure’ images representing women in their pants rather than creating an actual positive picture. It is the equivalent to the Irish abortion law i suppose, baby baby, tiny steps that don’t really make any difference, but hopefully opens up a smoother road to a better respectful society. Hopefully.

  5. dee says: August 8, 2013 at 2:51 pmReply

    Sorry, I should have finished off with but keep up the good work nmp3. I absolutely love what you are doing to passive sexism.

  6. Alison Pearson says: August 8, 2013 at 3:08 pmReply

    if only it would filter down into the real day to day world. My daughter of 26 has given up her job as her supervisor called her ‘sugar tits’ and when she complained her boss who is a female she said he was probably just joking. After the boss spoke to him, he came back to my daughter and said ‘I can’t understand why you wouldn’t like to be called sugar tits’.
    Well for a start its not her name, not appropriate and disparaging and disrespectful.

    • Dragana Brown says: August 8, 2013 at 3:20 pmReply

      I totally understand what you are saying Alison, we definitely cannot fool ourselves how so very far we have strayed from the loving and caring human beings that we truly and innately are…but we have to start somewhere. The only way things can change is if we keep chiselling away all that is not part of us, things that not only hold us back but hinder and hurt us deeply…and we do that slowly yet steadily… it may take few life times, but boy it sure is worth it. As a very wise man I know once said: “Time is eternal, being patient is therefore wise”.

    • Laura P says: August 10, 2013 at 12:23 pmReply

      I’m very sorry about your daughter’s experience and hope she will quickly find a more positive working environment. The whole question of the climate created by Page 3 is an important one. I remember attending a professional boxing event a few years ago with my boyfriend, who had tickets. Between rounds in each fight, a bikini-clad woman stepped into the ring to hold up a sponsored board showing the number of the next round. The audience was mainly male, and their reaction to the “round-card girls” was disgusting. Apart from the whistling and cat-calling, there were graphic comments about the women’s bodies. Even if I were a boxing fan (I’m not), I wouldn’t go back to another fight night.

      • Teresa says: August 11, 2013 at 4:10 pmReply

        I would love to fully enjoy watching sports and car racing with my husband but I get so sick of the scantily clad females lining the walls as adored drivers walk through like royalty, the girls ignored like wall paper. It always reminds me of the 40 virgins lining the stairwell to heaven…or sports being watched with great loyalty and fervour and then , wow, half naked women dance and bounce around on the sidelines as cheerleaders as some randy entertainment in-between halves and periods. Aren’t we talented! Ladies please be a part of the solution and quit lowering yourselves by taking part in these degrading sideshows. We have so much more to offer!

  7. Danielle says: August 8, 2013 at 5:28 pmReply

    It’s a small step but showing pics of always female models in swimwear on page 3 is still sexist. How about a pic of a beautiful scantily clad woman one day and one of a beautiful scantily clad man the next? That would not only be a bit of cheeky but non pornographic fun, it would be fair and equal. However, on the plus side, I think once such a step, small as it may be, has been taken, I think pics on page 3 of scantily clad anyones will become less a mainstay and more an occasional thing. A start I suppose!

    • Elizabeth says: August 9, 2013 at 10:44 amReply

      Agree!

  8. Teresa says: August 11, 2013 at 4:24 pmReply

    I am a Canadian following your struggle against the sexualization and objectification of women in your modern society. I just wanted to say thank-you so very much for your hard work and tenacity!! I can see the progress as I watch the posts showing more and more men and more groups adding their voices. I hope what started as a spark, a flame, a candle and now a small fire will ignite a wildfire around the UK and the world to eradicate the very mindset that allows women and young children to be viewed as sexual commodities, instead of valued human beings with the right to reach their full potential as whole people. May you be encouraged and not grow weary! You are all making a huge difference for this generation and those to come.

  9. Dragana Brown says: August 14, 2013 at 6:25 pmReply

    Beautifully expressed Teresa…

  10. Tony Olsson says: August 25, 2013 at 9:17 pmReply

    Would you feminists please explain to a mere male why it is that Page 3 haters in Ilfracombe supported the installation of Damien Hirst’s 60ft statute of a naked and pregnant young woman (one side of which is a horrendous abattoir carcase) on the Quay in full view of young children and all age groups. The virulence with which they attacked my attempts to prevent this deeply offensive statue being erected defies all rational belief.

    Would you also please explain why so many young girls and women are dressing in miniskirts and hot pants, and showing their middles and cleavage if not to show off their attractions? I’m not just talking about pop stars as a walk in any street will prove. A Google search for “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” shows that it is mainly women singers who use the phrase. Are they all being exploited by men, and forced to display themselves as sex objects? If a young woman wishes to display what she’s got, I’ve no objection; and if she makes some money from getting her picture published in the Sun or lad’s mags, good on her. If anybody is being exploited, it’s men who may only look, not touch.

    Like most people, I like beautiful things, whether they are cuddly kittens and puppies, artistic buildings, stunning supercars, spectacular scenery. It is unlikely anybody would wish to deny me those pleasures. So why do feminists become upset when men are attracted to gorgeous women? And why shouldn’t they be? The human race exists because of the sexual attraction of males to females, and females to males.

    Frankly there is nothing worth reading in The Sun, and its politics are despicable, so if Page 3 does end and the paper dies with it, I for one won’t shed any tears, and will continue to read the quality papers even though they don’t have Page 3 girls, but I would be disappointed if Nuts disappeared. Whilst on the subject, have you noticed that most women’s magazines focus on physical beauty (how to look good on the beach), and how to attract a man, and how to be good (or bad) in bed? It’s not just men that have “dirty” magazines, and they are only a very small proportion of the magazines produced mainly for men.

    I remain to be convinced that you know what you are talking about, and campaigning for.

  11. Penny forsyth says: October 23, 2014 at 2:46 pmReply

    I don’t know the statue you mean in Ilfracombe nor did I know that No More Page 3 was involved with this issue.

    However, your further point I think illustrates how cultural norms influence all genders to a greater or lesser degree depending on their individual experiences. As it is a cultural norm by definition the majority will see it as ‘ normal’. It requires challenges to the status quo for people to begin to look afresh, really look that is at a particular norm and reflect on whether it is till fit for purpose or acceptable.

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