Thursday, 20 September 2012

Don't Be A Tit, Dominic!


Some people will tell you that Page 3 is as British as a good fry up and a cuppa.  Me?  Not so much...

There's currently a petition against Page 3, which is gaining momentum fast.  If you've not heard of No More Page 3 yet, I can only assume you're not on Twitter or Facebook.  Or don't have the internet at all.  In which case... Who am I talking to?!

The petition is calling for people - that's men and women - to add their names to the growing protest against bare boobs in The Sun newspaper.  I added my name recently and I would like to take a few minutes to explain why.

First of all, lets get the ridiculousness out of the way: Danni (pictured above; I believe she has more of a face than that photo suggests...) almost certainly did not say what she's quoted as saying.  I find the idea of legitimising naked women amongst actual, genuine news, by making out that they're only there to give their deep thoughts on some of the content within the pages utterly laughable.  By attaching quotes that the women pictured almost certainly didn't come up with themselves, we're just furthering the idea that women are there to be made fun of.  "Haha, yeah, like she knows what sub-atomic particles are... Look at the tits on that!"

Far more importantly, however, is the simple fact that by placing a woman with her boobs out on page 3 of what I believe is still the biggest-selling newspaper in the UK, we are sending out a very clear message to both men and women everywhere.  We're suggesting that leering at women in a state of undress is so common-place, that photos of breasts can be casually placed in a national newspaper, where they serve no purpose other than to titilate the reader (no pun intended, for a change).  What does that tell a young girl?  What is the point of Page 3?  The fact is, there is no point beyond the one just mentioned: "LOOK AT THE BOOBS!"

Much more dangerously, we're also hammering home the message that women are objects, existing solely to look good and be lusted over by men.  What young girl hasn't, at some point in her life, taken a look at herself and her ever-changing body and thought: "I'm not good enough?"  What woman hasn't asked herself why it's okay for men to leer at her in public with nobody batting an eyelid, but if a woman takes a sneaky look at a man, she's negatively labelled for doing so?  These daily images do nothing to ease those thoughts.  Instead, they perpetuate them. 

Well, I wasn't going to bother taking any interest in actual news, but since you stuck a topless woman on it...
 
Also, ask yourself what a picture of a woman in a suggestive pose, with her breasts on display says.  Because to me, that sort of photograph screams "sexually available."  Is that something we want to teach the younger generation?!  "Sweetheart, if you want to get ahead in life, you'll have to always be willing to show off your body and look as though you're happy to be used as a sexual object, okay?!"  If I had a daughter, that's sure as Hell not a message I would want her getting.  And if I had a son, I would be wanting to ensure he realised that women are his equals, to be treated with respect and consideration.
 
What place do those sort of messages have in a publication whose primary function is to tell the national, political and global news?  The answer is very simple.  The sexual objectifying of women has NO place in a newspaper.  There is no argument that will ever convince me that these images are "harmless" or that they are somehow not derogatory to women.
 
If people want to see naked breasts, there are magazines out there for that (although I can't say I like those, either...).  There's also the internet, which as we all know, is full of all kinds of nakedness.  A newspaper should do what it says on the tin: It should be a paper publication about the news.
 
Maybe Dominic Mohan thinks he's being edgy and gutsy by keeping this outdated, ugly tradition in his newspaper in the face of such growing criticism.  But you know what, Dominic?  If you wanted to be really edgy and gutsy, you'd listen to those voices and you'd make a stand for women everywhere and for the next generation.  Otherwise you're just being a massive tit...
 
You can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/dominic-mohan-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3 and you can keep up to date with the progress of the campaign via Twitter and Facebook.




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