No More Page 3 petition about to hit 80,000 signatures. What do you think about this? Have you signed it?

(218 Posts)
ashesgirl Thu 14-Feb-13 22:02:59
Creeping Mon 18-Feb-13 13:34:48
Nancy66 Mon 18-Feb-13 14:23:44

I think that petition is even more pointless. There's nothing wrong with the premise of trying to curtail sexism in the media but to single out the Reeva Steenkamp case is, I think, naive and unrealistic.

She was a lingerie model. If you look at Google images there are more pictures of her in bikinis/underwear than not.

themaltesecat Mon 18-Feb-13 14:35:48

All this reminds me of John Ashcroft having a curtain put up to protect us from the corrupting sight of the statue of Lady Justice's right tit. I don't know whether the puritanism or the slacktivism is sillier.

One thing interests me about this. If this campaign were being spearheaded by Muslim men who objected to young, mostly white women voluntarily stripping off for a bit of cash and attention, would people still be signing? If not, why is it OK for middle class women to tell other women what to do? I'll rephrase that: why do middle class women think they deserve to be obeyed, when they tell other women what to do?

emcwill74 Mon 18-Feb-13 17:10:30

themaltesecat do you really not see, despite it having been repeated over and over, that the issue here, the thing that most people who sign object to, is not one of prudery - it is about gender equality? It is about the fact that the country's biggest-selling daily paper thinks it OK to depict men, actively, clothed, playing sport, running the country etc, whilst the women stand on the side lines passively, smiling silently in bikinis or topless. Suggesting our worth is tied up entirely in our appearance and figure, or rather what men think of our appearance? The argument that makes a comparison with Islam is a canard. Having us all in burqas is not the logical extreme of removing page 3; it is, in fact, a manifestation of the very same problem. At one end of the spectrum we have women being told by the Sun that are bodies are public property, available for rating by male strangers at any time they fancy (as has been said before, see @EverydaySexism on Twitter) - in existence purely for the arousal of men; at the other end our bodies are sinful and men can't be held responsible for their actions if they see them - because they are in existence for the arousal of men. How about our bodies are just our bodies, like men's are theirs? As for your argument about middle-class women, this is just a meaningless put down in attempt to personally attack and undermine. People of all backgrounds (and men, would you believe?!) have signed the petition. When it was discussed on Loose Women (which has a firmly C2DE profile), 80%+ of viewers voted for it to go. If middle class women have been shouting louder about this then maybe they feel they have more agency to do so.

MidnightMasquerader Mon 18-Feb-13 22:09:24

Great sketch. grin Yes, more massive cocks with our news, please.

themaltesecat - not that i can really add much to emcwill74's fantastic post, but just a reminder ... this isn't about stopping the Page 3 models from doing anything.

With all due respect to them, they can do what they like. Strip down and streak through the supermarket if they feel so compelled. Good luck to them.

Oh, and another one on the pro Page 3 side of the debate using the word 'tits'. Interesting....

I think it was supposed to be ironic, if you're referring to the rhyme? smile

ashesgirl Mon 18-Feb-13 22:49:45

At some point, would like to get this thread moved so it doesn't eventually disappear in chat.

Although I purposely put it in chat to bring the debate out of just F/WR.

I think there's been some great comments on it, so shame to lose it.

Inwiththe, did you tell your friend we've been discussing?

I did - I sent her the link smile

ashesgirl Mon 18-Feb-13 22:56:57

Great smile Glad they know some are championing their cause over here

They have linked to this thread...

NMP3 Facebook Page

ashesgirl Tue 19-Feb-13 00:18:23

Oh brilliant, didn't know they had an FB page too. See them a lot on Twitter.

Heather12 Thu 21-Feb-13 08:08:16

Has everyone seen this link?
http://nomorepage3.org/news/a-barrister-who-practices-in-family-law-discussing-page-3/

ashesgirl Thu 21-Feb-13 17:52:09

Interesting link. It's all about how you frame it isn't it? The Sun is passed off as harmless fun but really what's the difference between that and soft porn images?

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-Feb-13 19:05:09

Hi there
We have moved this thread out of chat as request
thanks
MNHQ

ashesgirl Thu 21-Feb-13 19:09:02

Thanks Olivia smile

teatrolley Thu 07-Mar-13 15:45:58

Link

This is the text of the petition:

*We are asking Dominic Mohan to drop the bare boobs from The Sun newspaper.

We are asking very nicely.

Please, Dominic.

No More Page 3.

George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 O’ Clock News, does he, Dominic?

Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of Danni, 19, from Plymouth, in just her pants and a necklace, on This Morning, do they, Dominic?

No, they don’t.

There would be an outcry.

And you shouldn’t show the naked breasts of young women in your widely read ‘family’ newspaper either.

Consider this a long overdue outcry.

Dominic, stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain’s most widely read newspaper, stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects.

Enough is enough.

Thank you.*

gedhession Sun 18-Aug-13 15:00:10

I recall well the time Samantha Fox was immensely popular. In fact I do recall many Page 3 girls, Linda Lusardi, Maria Whittaker, Jo Guest, Katie Price, Melinda Messenger and Keeley Hazell being very popular as Page 3 girls and go on to become popular media personalities. I find it interesting that Clare Short tried to ban Page 3 at the time Samantha Fox was at the height of her popularity. Of course, just because something is popular is not a defense to some...

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