When Green MP Caroline Lucas attended a debate in parliament wearing a t-shirt bearing the campaign message ‘No More Page 3’ she was told to wear a jacket as her shirt did not comply with the dress code.
“Women have been ‘degraded, belittled and served up as sex objects’ in some daily newspapers for many years,” claimed the MP.
Why do I find this amusing? Well, aside from the fact that I really like boobs, Ms Lucas' message was emblazoned across her breasts. How were we supposed to read it without noticing them, after all she was using her breasts as a billboard!
I remember the newspaper in question when it was a failing broadsheet. And I remember when it went tabloid and shot to fame, and back into profit, with publication of Page 3.
Nudity in print has always been with us, the Karma Sutra, temple paintings, cave drawings, sketches on the outhouse wall. Those drawings depicted both sexes and here’s the rub: the reason why the honorable MP is angry is because, according to her, Page 3 degrades and belittles women. As someone who has never had a problem with nudity, I would have no problem posing naked in a magazine and, as it would be my choice, how could I feel degraded or belittled.
No one should degrade or belittle anyone. But if anyone is belittling and degrading women, it is Ms Lucas.
Who gave Ms Lucas the right to tell a woman, who has chosen to make her living as a glamour model, that she can no longer appear on Page 3 of a newspaper. Who gave her the right to interfere in someone’s career? Who gave her permission to censor what I buy and what I read? Who is this woman?
Here’s some more from Ms Lucas: "In common with the No More Page Three campaign, I don’t think that women’s breasts are acceptable daily content for a family newspaper and for this, and a whole host of associated reasons, I would like to join them in calling on the paper’s editor to consign page three to the rubbish bin where it belongs.”
These same family newspapers that upset the MP are also known for running color spreads of shattered, war-torn bodies of men, women and children across their pages. With some of the carnage a direct result of government foreign policy, the lady would do well to shut up about something as natural as a woman bearing her breasts on Page 3 and focus on something that will really make a difference in an increasingly joyless world.