Strange view of a woman's worth
WEEK in, week out, Britain's best-selling newspaper devotes its third page to image upon image of a young woman stripped to her knickers.
Frankly, it doesn't really matter who she is, as long as her bust is big enough and her face attractive, she'll do.
Whether we're willing to admit it or not, Page 3 does objectify women.
It reduces us to sexual commodities ready to be bought, sold and publicly judged based on our desirability.
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With a daily circulation of 2.5 million, The Sun, supposedly a "family" newspaper, endorses this unbelievably limited view of female abilities.
Granted, Page 3 doesn't run on the weekend in case children see it, but what about the five other days of the week?
What about the newspapers left in cafes, on trains or even propped up in the dashboard of a van and clearly visible to my Year 8 science class when I was younger?
It doesn't even stop with the image.
Each woman is accompanied with the 'News in Briefs' joke box, which is filled with a sarcastic comment concerning the economic situation, a recent political event or perhaps even foreign affairs.
What's more, it's usually embellished with a philosophical quotation from an intellectual figure.
And the running joke is that it must be impossible for a physically appealing, topless young female to ever, ever say something worth listening to.
The growing opposition against Page 3, which includes an online petition of more than 63,700 signatures, has often been dismissed as simply a form of jealousy.
However, I don't oppose Page 3 because I feel personally threatened or intimidated by the beauty of the women; I oppose it because I feel demeaned by the message it promotes.
It would seem that in The Sun's sexist bubble, the news revolves around clothed men who actively participate in society, whilst their female counterparts pose naked for their pleasure.
This raises a question: if both genders are truly equal, where is Page 3 man?
When bare breasts are the biggest female contribution in the biggest national publication, the message is unmistakable.
Now, after 43 years of this, isn't it time for an update?