Protesters calling for an end to Sun's topless Page 3 girls
THE Sun is the most popular newspaper in the UK and Europe, selling an average of 2,409,811 copies a day last month.
However, its tradition of showing topless women on Page 3 has been controversial for some time.
Recently more than 1,000 people in Nottingham, and 83,129 overall, have backed the national No More Page Three campaign.
And just this week the group hit out at a promotion the Sun has been running with Lego.
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Readers of the News International title have been offered free Lego toys with the paper since Saturday.
Campaigner Lisa Clarke, of Stapleford, said the promotion attracted children to a paper which runs "soft porn" on one of its pages.
She was taking part in protests outside Lego's UK headquarters in Slough, Legoland in Windsor and The Sun in London on Tuesday.
Mrs Clarke, 39, a mum-of-two, also said: "We're not prudish, we love naked bodies as much as any person. But there's a place for it. And that's not in a paper that promotes itself as a family newspaper.
"How can you be promoting children's toys in a paper that contains soft porn and adult content? It is important that boys don't grow up thinking women are sex objects.
"I think the Page 3 girls convey the wrong image of women – as sex objects.
"This leads to men thinking it's OK to treat women as mere sex objects, which is only a small step away from domestic abuse, sexual assault or rape."
The campaign group started a petition against the Lego promotion, which has already attracted with 7,610 supporters.
The Sun declined to comment when contacted by the Post. But News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, recently hinted that the 40-year-old tradition may belong in the past.
Responding to a fellow user of Twitter who described Page 3 as "so last century", he said that he was "considering" whether he was of the same view.
However, some Sun readers in Notts disagree.
Ed Bennett, 22, of Bulwell, who buys the paper regularly, said: "I don't see a problem with it. People who don't want to see the topless girls shouldn't buy the Sun."
And David Morrell, 63, said: "You see it on the beach on holidays and totally naked women in saunas everywhere but Britain. I don't think it does any harm."
Keith Jackson, 72, who lives in France but was visiting his son in Nottingham yesterday, said: "I think nudity is a wonderful thing, perfectly healthy and natural.
"If research shows there is a link between topless Page 3 girls and violence towards women, it should be banned. But if not, I think they should add a page showing a half-naked man, so the women have something nice to look at."
Fiona Wright, vice president and general manager for Lego UK and Ireland, said: "Our promotion with the Sun targets their adult readership and gives millions of children the opportunity to experience Lego play."