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Campaign to get rid of Page 3
SHOULD bare boobs be eradicated from page three of the Sun newspaper? Some say the page three feature is harmless while others believes it objectifies women.
Whichever way you look at it, model Lucy Holmes’ campaign to persuade Sun editor Dominic Mohan to drop the feature has sparked interest. The number of people who have signed the online petition at www.change.org is currently pushing 30,000.
We ask former glamour model and photographer Natasha Worby and psychologist Carole Sawo what they think.
PROFESSIONAL MODELS WHO DO A GOOD JOB:
Natasha Worby is a former glamour model who now works as a glamour and fashion photographer.
Having worked in the industry Natasha believes people are wrong to target Page 3.
Natasha says: “I think to get rid of Page 3 would be a big over reaction.
There are areas of the glamour industry that are far more seedy than Page 3 where the models are not so well looked after. The focus should be on that.
“Part of Lucy Holmes’ argument against Page 3 is that it makes women feel inadequate about their own bodies and breasts. But I would say Page 3 models have a healthier curvy shape than a lot of fashion models.
“I also disagree with the idea the women who do glamour modelling are being objectified because they are professional models who are getting paid good money to do a job.
Yes, men look at a Page 3 model and say ‘cor look at her’ – but they say the same to a girl walking down the street in tight leggings or on the beach.”
TOPLESS MODELS ARE AN INSULT TO US ALL:
Carole Sawo is an author and lectures in psychology for the Adult Education Authority across Essex.
She believes that getting rid of Page 3 would be a step in the right direction for female empowerment.
Carole says: “I’m surprised not every woman on the planet isn’t insulted by such a disparaging title.
“What I find most offensive about topless displays of any kind, is not just the thought of perverts salivating, but that some women are so willing to portray the female collective as brain dead sex toys without the intellectual capacity to make a living without employing their cleavage.
“As a psychologist I know why the way to a second date is to wear a high neck jumper on your first. So what a shame the Duchess of Cambridge has been caught with her top off – not because of privacy infringements, but because, well, she felt the need to take her top off! As one commentator observed over the weekend, ‘we never saw Princess Diana in such a predicament’.
“I’ve spent much of my life sunbathing on Caribbean and Continental beaches and never took my top off, due mostly to an event years before when I witnessed three gorgeous figured young women dancing topless in the surf, completely unaware of the fat, balding businessman further up the beach, videoing them, no doubt, for reminiscing back home – yuck!
So yes, in the climate of conscious evolution and female empowerment let’s send Page 3 back to the abyss and remember the priceless jewels that can never be bought or sold – like dignity!”