Sun newspaper drops Page Three topless pictures

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former Page 3 topless model: ‘We were like the Bond girls of our day’.

Harriet Harman’s stance against the continuation of The Sun’s time-honoured Page 3 tradition has been so strong, it led the tabloid to brand her a “feminist fanatic”.Readers of Britain’s best-selling tabloid, The Sun, will no longer see pictures of topless women on page 3 after the newspaper quietly dropped what has been a staple of the U.K. press since 1970.

As The Sun appears to have quietly dropped its topless models from Page 3, we’ve republished a comment from an original Page 3 model, Nina Carter, on why she’s always supported the No More Page 3 campaign. “I was 23 years old when I posed for Page 3.The Sun newspaper’s decision to scrap topless women from its page 3 has been welcomed as long overdue by opposition MPs, and there have been suggestions that campaigners should now turn their ire to the sidebar of shame – a popular feature on the Daily Mail’s website that encourages readers to click on stories that mostly feature scantily clad female celebrities. And the Shadow Culture Secretary has pledged to remain equally vocal in hailing what appears to be the publication’s decision to drop the topless feature.

Over the years, the photos in Britain’s best-selling newspaper have repeatedly faced criticism that previously led to the Irish edition of the tabloid axing them in 2013. The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper began showing “Page 3 Girls” as a way to court blue-collar workers, but its days have seemed numbered since Murdoch tweeted in September that the page was old-fashioned. We were like the Bond girls of our day – people would say hello to you on the street and ask you for your autograph. “But it was very different in those days. The Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, said the campaign to scrap Page 3 had opened up a discussion about the damage to society of objectifying women by featuring semi-naked women so prominently in a national paper.

No announcement has been made, but The Sun has stopped printing photographs of semi-naked models on the page for the first time in four decades since Friday. A “No More Page 3” campaign has won support on social media in recent years, garnering almost 220,000 signatures in favor of scrapping the controversial images. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday, she said: “It wasn’t about Page 3 being offensive but about the impact on our society of judging men and women by different standards, and basically saying that we didn’t need boobs with our breakfast tables.

Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour party, who has long spoken out against the Page 3, said she would ensure that the Sun would not be able to make the announcement quietly. Speaking on her LBC phone-in on Monday evening, Harman said of the planned announcement: “It will be the Sun moving into the 21st century, if that is the case. Because actually we do think in a newspaper, which is about news, the idea of girls standing there in their knickers with some sort of pseudo-political quote – I mean it really is not the representation of women’s role in this country that I want to see. “I’ve always been against Page 3. But bearing in mind that we’ve had a lot of discussion about freedom of speech and what people can report, it’s my right to say I don’t think it’s right, I think they should get rid of it.

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