Rachel Mantock argues in the University of Sheffield’s Forge Press that banning ‘our beloved’ Page 3 is pointless:
In the 1900s we were seen and not heard, breeding babies until our dying day. In the 1920s we were having a bit more fun with alcohol but on the whole, still breeding babies until our dying day and looking pretty in the kitchen. The 1960s came around and slapped a bit of life into women, the flower power era, we were losing the plot, burning our bras and having the time of our lives. The 70s gave way to the extension of the Baird Act which enabled more use of the pill, naturally of course, we all went sex mad.
Today erotica novels are flooding out of book shops, read by mums all over the world. The sexual liberation of women has come a long way since the dark days of ‘get back in the kitchen’. Now we are everywhere, half naked on the front cover of every magazine, outrageously behaved and loving every minute of it.
Then up pops ultimate drip, ex-MP Evan Harris, ready to rain on our parade, booming all over Britain that the Sun’s Page 3 must be banned as it’s absolutely necessary in our battle against “the projection of women as sexual objects.” Simply put – sex sells. The Sun is a profit generating business, banning Page 3 would be a damaging business decision, especially at a time when newspaper sales are rapidly declining. The Sun’s editor, Dominic Mohan is very aware of this and has shown no interest in plans to abolish Page 3 as of yet.
Full article here.