‘The Sun getting rid of Page 3? Oh, that will never happen!’
This was the first thought that entered my head when I heard about the campaign and I don’t think I was alone in thinking this.
But it has happened. Campaigners have successfully made Rupert Murdoch shake in his boots. The misogynistic view that boobs are news seems so outdated – in years to come we won’t believe that it used to be the norm.
It’s 2015. Why do women still need to be campaigning for equal rights? It’s 100 years from when the suffragettes campaigned for the right to vote. Shouldn’t 100 years be enough time to end sexism?
The NoMorePage3 campaign says that: “Women say, do and think so many interesting and incredible things and should be celebrated for their many achievements. They are people, not things!”
However, there are many people who are disagree and are upset. If you want to despair for humanity, just go on the #page3 hashtag on twitter where you can find an array of contrasting opinions.
It’s frustrating, yes. But this is where I feel conflicted. I don’t think that showing naked women is offensive, I think that women should have the right to wear or do whatever they want. I am definitely a supporter of the #FreeTheNipple campaign but I also don’t like that a newspaper publishes nipples.
|Free The Nipple Campaign|
Am I contradicting myself by supporting both? Am I a good feminist or a bad one?
I think the main thing here is that The Sun is a newspaper, and whether their news is or isn’t 100% accurate or informative, a naked woman isn’t news. Children shouldn’t grow up and see the objectification of women laid out bare on the page. If you want some nudity there are PLENTY of other places you can find it, but it shouldn't be a newspaper.
What are your thoughts on the issue? I'd love to know! Comment or tweet me @alicewojcik