I was always embarrassed to even pick up a copy of The Sun. Its reputation as a very sexualised newspaper has always thrown me and, as a result, I walked straight past it and picked up something a little less ‘revealing’.
The horror of opening up the front page and being punched in the face – almost literally – by a woman sporting no more than something that can only be described as dental floss always sent me pink-faced. Call me old-fashioned, but surely it’s more respectable for woman to appear in the public eye wearing clothes rather than none at all?
This week, however, you can imagine my happiness when The Times announced that The Sun was to “quietly drop the feature.” Finally, girls like me do not have to feel appalled every time they open up a newspaper.
This got me thinking, however, and I feel this raises a question that I sense the media has been subtly avoiding for some time now:
What actually constitutes ‘news’?
I’m sure Chelsea (21), from Essex, is very interesting, however,I would like to read something that is actually important to the world we live in. The Page Three story, granted, has to be eye-catching, but there must be another way to grab a reader’s attention other than having a chest thrust in their direction.
I know the solution to this is simple: if you don’t like it, don’t read it. But surely the British media has realised that these pictures have no place in newspapers today!
The Sun is just the start, but there are still multiple publishers that would much rather report on what Posh Spice wore to a red carpet do, than the countries affected by war, or those living in poverty.
C’mon, folks. Is Page Three really what you signed up for?