April 10, 2013

Boobs! Out!

Uborka supports the No More Page 3 campaign, asking Dominic Mohan, editor of The Sun newspaper, to stop showing pictures of topless young women and objectifying the female body. Leilani Dowding, former page three girl, said on the Radio 4 Today Programme this morning that it was a bit silly to campaign against breasts and make people think they were disgusting and offensive, and that Page 3 girls are no more sexual than Boticelli’s Venus, because they don’t wear lots of make up. This spurious argument spectacularly missed the point, which is one illustration of why this is not a celebration of the female form, but is a disrespectful and unhelpful way of looking at women’s bodies. It is deeply rooted within our culture that breasts are for men and the people they are attached to tend to be a bit dim.

Not only does it have a negative effect on women’s and girls’ feelings about their own bodies, it presents us as second class citizens to be decorative rather than have a valuable input into society. It suggests that breasts’ primary purpose is sexual, and fosters a culture where some people are uncomfortable around breastfeeding mothers.

This message has no place in a national newspaper. Page 3 is an offensive anachronism and I urge you to sign the petition.

Karen

2 thoughts on “Boobs! Out!

  1. Well said. Page 3 is just a small part of the culture of sexism and frequent blatant misogyny in the press. I think the way the Sun trivialises women in their news coverage is more harmful. But stopping Page 3 would certainly be a good start.

    Fuck I love boobs though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmnxF_WTOgg

    another mike on April 11, 2013

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