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Super soaraway stunnahs – No More Page 3 campaign gathers momentum

By Karen | September 19 2012 | 59 Comments

BOOBS. They’re all over the shop these days aren’t they, between Rosanna’s German Playboy shoot and the furore around Kate’s topless sunbathing.

But before Rosanna or Kate there was Lucy. Lucy Holmes from the UK who has been petitioning tirelessly to get the bare boobs out of the Sun newspaper.

No More Page 3, says Lucy, who believes bare breasted young women have no place in a family newspaper and that if you ‘say no to the wrong things, the right things will happen’.

The polite call to action to the editor of The Sun is below, and join the petition here (23,000 supporters at time of writing)

We are asking very nicely.

Please, Dominic.
No More Page 3.
George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 O’ Clock News, does he, Dominic?
Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of Danni, 19, from Plymouth, in just her pants and a necklace, on This Morning, do they, Dominic?
No, they don’t.
There would be an outcry.
And you shouldn’t show the naked breasts of young women in your widely read ‘family’ newspaper either.
Consider this a long overdue outcry.
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.
Enough is enough.
Thank you.

Bravo, I say. The Sun is a newspaper, if you want tits, buy a lads’ mag. Nobody needs a side of boob with their Cornflakes. Our newsreaders don’t take their tops off reading the evening news on television, after all, it’s simply not necessary – I mean Jean Byrne gets enough attention with her clothes ON.

What started as a small campaign has exploded in recent weeks with tens of thousands of people signing Lucy’s petition resulting in thousands of followers on Twitter and thousands of ‘likes’ on Facebook.  As well as ordinary members of the public, Lucy’s campaign has attracted the support this week of Father Ted and IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan, author Caitlin Moran and columnist India Knight.

Arguments against this campaign say there is nothing offensive about a pair of boobs and that this is what the readers want – as long as people keep buying the paper, the paper will keep printing the boobs. So why fix what ain’t broken?

Give us your thoughts in the comments and let us know if you’ll be joining this campaign.

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