finally people are opposing the British media’s casual objectification of women.
the page 3-girl is not ‘an institution’ as The Sun’s editor Dominic Mohan states, but a continuous violation of the female subject, whose “use value” is determined by the male gaze. the sultry images do not represent an innocent tradition depicting sexual interplay, but firmly advocates a patriarchal set of politics from which women are constantly ostracised. rather than being a “nostalgic” reminder of the 1950s pinup, page 3 normalises the sexual double standard and reinforces traditional gender norms. the bodily exposure is not an indication of liberated female sexuality, however daily contributes to a deficient illusion of female beauty.
according to The Sun and The Star half of the British population should be judged by cup-size rather than acknowledged for professional abilities, personality or intelligence. this is clearly degrading, but more importantly belittles women in social and political contexts, while also naturalising media sexism.
if the UK’s best selling newspaper continues to publish topless images of women it will be a confirmation of patriarchal dominance, a society in which the female is subordinated, objectified, the other. a debate which was supposedly settled in favour of gender equality a long time ago?
sign the petition and end the corrupt institution of page 3!