Friday, 23 January 2015

Get Your Tits Out For...Yourselves

Here's the thing; much as I like my body, I won't be whipping my boobs out for a photographer any time soon. It's not that I find it degrading or sexist, it's just that I have a tonne of body issues I wouldn't want splashed across the internet and the papers. I, as you can tell from a quick glance of my blog, consider myself a strong feminist - and yet I don't back no more page 3. 

Oh, calm down, don't get all flummoxed - I'm not saying every paper should have a page three, in fact I would honestly suggest that everybody never buy The Sun - but that's for a whole different reason that a woman's body being splashed across the pages. The word feminism has been thrown around a lot in these debates, as though by allowing women's bodies to be thrown in amongst news as if "that's the only news about women", we are somehow setting ourselves back to the stone age - and that's not true. Feminism is, in it's entirety, about women having choice - about equality. Surely the very idea that women doing this are in the wrong, suggesting that this isn't a legitimate job - that's anti-feminist in itself. Sit down, it says, you're making a fool out of yourself. We live in a world where women's bodies are shamed - you can go to a theatre to see Chippendales, but the same show done by women will only be found in a seedy club in a backstreet of a city centre. Why are we so scared of women's bodies, and the idea that they may become normalised, that we may become conditioned to breasts? This isn't inviting Jodie Marsh over to do a striptease over your cornflakes, it's a girl who has chosen a career move that she thinks will benefit her - she wasn't forced into it, she isn't ashamed of herself - so why all we all standing up to tell the world how ashamed we are for her?

But what about the children!? They shout from the balconies. This one's simple - if you don't want your children to accidentally come across a paper with page three girls in it, don't buy a paper with page three girls in it. It might baffle the general public to know that the English press offers a whole range of papers - only a small minority of whom contain page three models. This isn't a feature that's "insulting to everyone who reads it" as has been suggested - it's something insulting to some people and that idea is being forced onto others, as though you are a lesser person if you don't agree. We talk about women's freedom as a defense for No More Page Three, all whilst we force the idea on the newest set of recruits to the campaign; Girl Guides, most of whom have never seen a Page Three girl live in the print in their entire lives. I couldn't agree more with the fact that Page Three doesn't involve the right level of representation for body types - but when mannekins were accused of the same thing, did we scrap them altogether? No, we're slowly working towards making them more inclusive. The idea that girls are all body and no brains is only being made worse by a cause suggesting that these girls don't even have the brains to realise that they are, in other people's opinions, being used.

So, if you support no more page three? Cool, I respect that - but I also respect today's page three girl, a girl only a year older than myself, who made a very different choice to me - but a girl who was happy in her choice, nonetheless. I personally don't want to see page three, but I'm going to go about it the old fashioned way - by buying a different paper. The abolishment of page three isn't going to see an end to women making that choice, it's just going to change to a different platform, in the words of Jack Whitehall this week "Where will men go to see breasts? If only there was a huge, global information network people could search for them on".

What do you think of no more page three?

Sammy xo.

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