Looks like the days of girls flaunting their assets on The Sun's page three could be over as a new “No More Page 3” campaign has been launched in light of the Kate Middleton topless photo controversy, to stop women being viewed as “sex objects” according to it's leader writer and actress Lucy Holmes.
The British media joined the royal couple last week in voicing their disgust at French Closer magazine's decision to print topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge whilst she enjoyed a private holiday in the Provence region of France earlier this month.
They have now been reprinted in the Irish Daily Star, Italian mag Chi and today Swedish and Danish mags have also ran the topless photographs, despite a stern reaction from the royals who labelled the photos as “grotesque”.
While The Sun, condemned the decision it seems their 42 year-old topless feature, showing a glamour model displaying her breasts on the famous page three, could be under threat as a backlash against topless photos begins.
An online petition addressed to The Sun editor Dominic Mohan has already attracted 24,000 signatures with a statement saying: "We are asking very nicely. Dominic, stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain's most widely read newspaper, stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects."
Speaking last night on Women's Hour on Radio 4 Holmes, who is leading the campaign said: "Although we would love to think that The Sun would be concerned about the amount of people up in arms over the way they objectify women, I think they would be more concerned when their major advertisers start pulling out."
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She then went on to claim the campaign would only get bigger, adding: "It has been a great start but I do intend for it to get bigger. We are inviting The Sun's biggest advertisers to withdraw their support for the last week of October.”
Page three has been an institution since Stefanie Rahn, now 64, took her top off for the tabloid in 1970 and has been delighting avid Sun readers ever since.
Speaking of how her appearance changed her life, Stefanie told the paper in 2010 on the 40th anniversary of the feature: “I would never have got other modelling jobs if it wasn’t for The Sun. Being on Page 3 until 1978 opened doors.
“I loved the people, the newspaper and I loved what they did for me and my career. I’m very grateful for my time on Page 3.”
Other famous page three girls include the now Katie Price, Jordan, Sam Fox, Melinda Messenger and Linda Lusardi.
But what do you think? Should the lovely ladies be allowed to take their tops off for a giggle and bit of fun along with the morning news, or is the sight of boobs in the morning simply an objectification of women, we just can't continue to allow?