The campaign against bare boobs appearing in The Sun newspaper currently has 63,499 signatures, but not everyone is on board… Amy Fraser explains her views.
We all know that sex sells; you’re more likely to buy underwear advertised by David Beckham and his six-pack, or Rosie Huntington Whiteley and her perfectly toned curves, than you would the same tighty whiteys modelled by Average Joe. Why? I don’t know. Maybe you’re subconsciously hoping that Becks comes with those pants you just bought for your boyfriend…
We’re part of a generation who are drawn to look at racy, almost explicit images, like moths to a glaringly bright flame. We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of sex in advertising, so why is there still such a stigma about topless modelling?
Lucy Anne-Holmes, who launched the ongoing Say No To Page 3 campaign, wants The Sun newspaper’s editor, Dominic Mohan, to drop the topless girls of Page 3 for good. She makes the very valid point that, “Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of Danni, 19, from Plymouth, in just her pants and a necklace, on This Morning.” She’s right of course, they don’t. But is there really any harm in seeing Danni, 19, in just her pants and a necklace on Page 3 of The Sun? I’m not convinced.
Perhaps part of the stigma attached to topless modelling is that the girls are often barely eighteen, but at the end of the day, the minute they turn eighteen it becomes their choice. I can’t imagine that the girls on Page 3 have been forced or bullied into appearing in the paper, with many seeing it as a route into other modelling work, or a way to cash in on their appearance. If you’re comfortable with the nation seeing your boobs and you’re being paid well to do it, then why wouldn’t you?
Or maybe the issue lies in how easy it is to become famous because of your assets, especially in Britain. Katie Price, Jodie Marsh, Danielle Lloyd… need I go on? These girls are regularly slated for being talentless, but their bulging bank balances say it all – they’ve turned their bodies into lucrative businesses, and what’s so wrong about that?
If Rihanna put out a music video where she was covered up from head to toe, didn’t writhe around seductively or sing suggestive lyrics, we’d be wondering what the heck was going on. People are always taking in a sugarcoated version of sexuality; Page 3 is just a bit more upfront about it (no pun intended).
In the words of The Strokes, you only live once. If you want to strip off for Page 3, then that’s your choice – you’re not hurting anyone and it’s hardly out of the ordinary in today’s society. Just be careful and remember that the internet is a very powerful tool – so don’t be surprised if you go for a job interview in few years and the recruiter says he recognises you from somewhere…
Taken from the February issue of Scotcampus, out now