RIP PAGE 3: Britain’s Most Controversial Newspaper Page Is Laid To Rest
After years of campaigning, The Sun has finally pulled its daily page of bare breast.
Called “the best Tuesday ever” by the good people of the No More Page 3 campaign, it has quietly been announced that The Sun will no longer be running its daily splash of breast.
The page you didn’t want to be caught looking at for too long has been under fire for years, with politicians, celebrities and a core lobbying team voicing their opinion to ban it.
Famous people tweeted their praise and congratulations today, as the news circulated the internet.
Wow, no more Page 3? Well done and massive congrats to all who were involved in its demise. GREAT work! @NoMorePage3
— Dawn O'Porter (@hotpatooties) January 19, 2015
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) January 20, 2015
Well done @NoMorePage3 for an inspiring campaign win. There’s a million things to improve, and you improved one. xxx
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) January 20, 2015
Page 3 has been running pictures of topless women since Rupert Murdoch took over The Sun in 1970. Moving from monochrome to full colour in the mid '90s, it featured girls aged as young as 16, until 2003.
Posing topless on the famous page often acted as the bottom rung of a career ladder for women such as Katie Price, Geri Halliwell and Melinda Messenger, who later progressed to further modelling, TV and music roles.
The Sun, which has now moved Page 3 to its paid online platform, will replace the topless images with pictures of glamour models in underwear or swimwear, leading many to suggest that actually, the battle against female objectification hasn't been won.
— The Independent (@Independent) January 20, 2015
The dropping of Page 3 will certainly be supported by female politicians, who over the years have vocalised their desire to see the feature scrapped. In a particularly crude instance of bullying, the paper were responsible for calling a Labour MP “fat and jealous” for vocalising her negative opinion, then Photoshopping Clare Short’s face onto the body of a Page 3 model. This image, blurred and published by The Guardian, depicts the page.
Although today has been a triumph for the No More Page 3 campaigners, there has been a certain backlash from - unsurprisingly - Page 3 models who feel strongly about what the 44-year-old feature meant.
Jodie Marsh, whose career has bounced from Page 3 to TV presenting, weightlifting and modelling, was particularly vocal on Twitter.
Rhian Sugden added the following, slightly more inflammatory, comment:
It's only a matter of time before everything we do will be dictated by comfy shoe wearing... No bra wearing... man haters #page3
— Rhian Sugden (@Rhianmarie) January 20, 2015
And so the debate continues. As campaigns like #meninism - which seeks to mock the ideas of feminism by creating problems faced by men - rage on, it seems that gender equality has a long way to go.
No More Page 3 have stated they will continue their campaigning efforts elsewhere, but today, a small victory has been gained.