About a month or so ago the old ”Should page three be removed from national newspapers?” debate came up again, and after looking at both sides of the argument I’ve gone from being pro page three to anti. Initially, the liberal side of me thought ”Who cares!? If a girl wants to take her top off and get paid for the privilege then let her!”. However, after reading some of the points presented by the anti page three brigade I found myself leaning towards being anti page three.
The petition to remove page three is based on more than the idea that it objectifies women, which let’s face it, there are far worse examples of that in our society. There are other reasons, for example, it’s perfectly fine for a girl with her boobs out in a national publication, but people still get offended when a woman breastfeeds in public, which is the primary purpose of boobs! It’s impossible to justify page three when mothers in this country are still forced to breastfeed their babies in private as if it’s a disgusting act when it’s one of the most natural things in the world. I have no problem with someone breastfeeding their baby in public, and to anyone that does just look away! You can’t say it’s wrong for a woman have her breasts out when she’s feeding her child when certain pop stars who are role models for millions of young girls have music videos that are basically soft porn with catchy music in the background.
Also, why exactly do we need topless girls in a newspaper? The most offensive thing about it is how outdated the whole thing is! There are top shelf magazines that cater for that need and you only have to type a few words in google to get an abundance of websites dedicated to girls not just topless, but actually having sex! :O Whenever I think of page three these days, I always imagine it to be quite juvenile. I usually envision the people working for the tabloids giggling like naughty school children because they’ve seen a a pair of breasts.
Ultimately, I’ve tentatively boarded the anti page three bandwagon, but I feel like something of a fraud as I still believe in Glamour modelling and porn which will enrage some of the people against page three. However, the fact of the matter remains, it’s because of porn, lads mags and topshelf magazines that page three should take a bow and accept that it no longer serves a purpose in our society: newspapers are there to deliver news not semi erotic photos.