Nudity is not news. It had to be said and I'm not sorry for it; although men may have their urges there is absolutely no need to have a woman exposing her bare breasts for the nation to see in a national newspaper. It's no secret that journalists often have to fight hard to get a piece published, even if it's regarded as highly important and they have laboured over it tirelessly. Yet somehow, The Sun prioritises boobs. Of all of the things currently going on in February 2014, I can guarantee that some glamour model with her boobs out isn't that important.
Of course, you may argue that it isn't this simple. Since the 1970's, Page 3 has become a social norm meaning that horrifyingly enough, nearly half a century has seen newspapers being sold with topless women inside. Whilst it was by no means acceptable in the 1970's, women still lived in what was largely a male dominated society where women were seen as having little value. However, in the 21st Century, things are different. As a result of the women's rights movement and the gradual shift in judgement, women now have the power to achieve their dream job, build successful lives for themselves and most importantly, become role models who can help and inspire others. So do boobs really matter?
Whilst Page 3 was the norm in the 1970's, it would be ignorant to assume that all men are in the same mindset as they were back then. Although I still see Page 3 as unacceptable in the 1970's, it emerged in a time when men were able to get away with slapping a woman on the bum in the work place and engage in other deeply flirtatious behaviour that could now lead to a sexual harassment case. As time moves on, so do human beings and The Sun fails to recognise that not all men will have the desire to oggle over a naked woman who could be young enough to be some of its target audience's daughter (the youngest glamour models are 18 in The Sun, although up until 2003- they could be 16 and over!).
Luckily, movements and campaigns have been put in place to remove Page 3 from 'The Sun' for good. One of the major campaigns is called 'No More Page 3' and it goes by the very appropriate slogan of 'news not boobs.' No More Page 3 believes that Page 3 is an outdated concept that reinforces sexist attitudes of women that we have surpassed many years ago. Its founder, Lucy Anne Homes, found it upsetting that the most prominent picture of a woman in one of the most popular British newspapers was a woman in her pants and since then, she hasn't stopped to get Page 3 out of The Sun. With a petition to David Dinsmore, The Sun's editor, with nearly 135,000 supporters, the petition is growing fast in its quest to "stop conditioning your [The Sun's] readers viewing women as sex objects."
Gone are the days where Page 3 was at its height, however, sexism towards women still exists today and through removing Page 3, I believe a turning point will be made whereby the objectification of women will gradually be lessened. Although we live in a society where looks are deemed as important, the truth is that our true beauty is reflected in our persona and nature and NOT in how thin we are or how big our boobs are. Page 3 doesn't reflect even a morsel of what modern day women are about- we have the power to achieve, inspire and do whatever we want and are certainly very, very much more than the sexual objects portrayed on Page 3 of The Sun.