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To have covered up page 3?

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MadameDefarge Thu 17-Oct-13 00:09:57

Was in the local Chinese tonight. a bit of treat for ds and me. And also a bit of a treat to read the Sun and another tabloid.

Ie, I don't buy them, but its fun to read every now and then.

Now I consider myself a hardened feminist. Ie, I am no longer moved by obvious examples of sexism.

But tonight I found my self covering over the naked girls on page 3, I felt assaulted by the images, and horrified for the girls.

I am surprised at this reaction. Maybe its to do with having a 13 year old ds. Wondering what it would be like to have a 16 year old dd doing this, just disgusted so violently and viscerally in a way I haven't in years.

I felt by looking at those images I was collluding in an appalling piece of abuse. It shocked me to the core.


CloverkissSparklecheeks Thu 17-Oct-13 12:47:58

I have done topless modelling and it has never affected my self esteem. I have a professional job now but was something I was happy doing at one point. All very nice and above board in spite of what most of MN would like to believe!

middleagedwoman Thu 17-Oct-13 13:01:21

Totally agree, pornography should not be in a family newspaper. There is a campaign to get rid of it.

And a petition to sign.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 17-Oct-13 13:05:32

Agree with you, it has no place in a news paper. I don't understand how people can be so obtuse to compare it to a breast feeding mother or women on the beach.

HandragsAndGladbags Thu 17-Oct-13 13:11:27

Anyone remember the countdown in The Sun to a page 3 girl revealing herself on her 16th birthday?! Dreadful.

CloverkissSparklecheeks Thu 17-Oct-13 13:17:21

16 is very very young, I find that inappropriate. I had not heard about that countdown before - that is disgusting.

middleagedwoman Thu 17-Oct-13 13:19:45

I remember the countdown. It included "sexy" photos of her at 15 years old.

InWithTheITCrowd Thu 17-Oct-13 13:21:52

The No More Page 3 team also have flyers that you can print out and put into newspapers that are in the public domain (takeaways, pubs, coffee shops etc) to cover page 3, which contain some information about the campaign. I've not used them myself, but there is a bit of a movement of people doing it, apparently

peggyundercrackers Thu 17-Oct-13 13:27:22

madame your sone might not have a phone but how many of his friends have a phone? how many kids in his school have phones? a good majority of them will have pictures of boobs and probably worse on their phones and are no doubt shared around to show everyone the images. if you dont think he has seen images like this you are deluded.

sorry i dont see a relationship between page 3 girls and girls who have low self esteem - they are more than likely more aware of what they see in their own teen mags, watching/reading about some of the 'pop stars' of today and what they see on the web.

AliaTheEvilLeaper Thu 17-Oct-13 13:31:24

I felt by looking at those images I was collluding in an appalling piece of abuse.

confused How the heck can it be construed as abuse?! The models are consenting adults with a brain of their own. Some people do actually aspire to be a glamour model, and want to do it.

middleagedwoman Thu 17-Oct-13 13:43:39

peggy - So because there is much worse porn page 3 is okay?

ilovesooty Thu 17-Oct-13 13:44:20

How on earth do you know the models are being abused?

I can't get too excited about this other than I object to some worthy women going around trying to tell other adults what they should and shouldn't be permitted to see.

I think the photos are pretty tasteless and
I don't buy or read those papers but I'm at least as offended by amateur censorship as I am by the papers themselves.

LtEveDallas Thu 17-Oct-13 13:49:38

Trivialising, but I spent many a happy morning when I was the only female living in a Mess of 32 males, drawing bikinis on the Page 3 girls smile

I used to get up at 6 when the Mess was still quiet, to go to the Gym. Whilst I was training the papers would be delivered and on my way back to my room I would pick up the Sun.

I'd put it back in the lounge, breasts all covered up (sometimes I'd go for fully dressed) and saunter into breakfast waiting for the "WTF?!" smile

It took the boys about 2 months of me doing this every day to work out that it was me (not the sharpest tools in the box) and I did it, daily, for about 2 years.

They stopped getting it delivered eventually grin

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