Why there's no place for such overt sexism in today's media
WHEN I was young I remember being quite bemused by Page 3.
It never made much sense to me that a national "newspaper" would carry a picture of a half-naked women, every day, for no particular reason other than to titivate.
As I got older, I not only realised that it didn't make any sense but I also began to feel really angry at the injustice of it all.
The problem I have with Page 3 is simple really. It's about women being seen as objects or ornaments.
I've used this column in the past to talk about the lack of women in positions of power, in government, in public life and even in sport.
Things like Page 3 give a message that women are predominately valued for their looks rather than their achievements.
Remember, the more time we spend worrying about the way we look, the less time we have to change the world around us!
I know that I'm not alone in feeling like this.
From conversations that I've had with women using the Women's Centre there seems to be a clear feeling that Page 3 has had its day and that women are no longer prepared to put up with such overt sexism in the media.
Campaigns like No More Page 3 and EverydaySexism shows the depth of feeling that women have on these issues and the impact that sexism has on women on a daily basis.
Page 3, for me, is just the thin end of a very long wedge. Nottingham Women's Centre's strapline is "Helping women achieving amazing things" – it's what we do.
We do it in many different ways, from supporting women to access crisis support to turn their lives around, enabling women to access training and education and supporting women to help others.
One way in which we do this is by offering support to women who want to come together to change things in society so with this in mind I want to offer my support to the No More Page 3 campaign and wish them every success in what they are trying to achieve.