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So here in Suburbia I naively thought that the No More Page 3 campaign was a given, a matter of fact victory and the end of page 3 would be imminent.
And then I read this article and realised that there was indeed, a long, long way to go. I can't believe that 10 million people vote in a series of X factor yet so few have take a few seconds to sign this online petition.
I suspect lots of people don't think there is anything inherently wrong with page 3, may even regard it as a 'quaint' throwback to a simpler time. It's harmless, there's much 'worse' (shudder) on the internet, the women are paid handsomely (don't kid yourself) and are healthy and wholesome looking (really?)
I hear all this but all I can think about is where is the male equivalent? Where is the partially naked man displaying a part of his anatomy only usually seen by a partner in the national press in the name of good old fashioned fun?
Because if it's not good for the goose and the gander then it's not part of an equal society. Page 3 has become normalised and as a result it's just wallpaper. That doesn't make it useful, necessary or something we should continue to accept.
I'm not an authority on feminist theory yet I like to consider myself someone who has a keen sense of what an equal society might look like, so I was kind of stricken to realise Page 3 is actually still a thing. That it exists, here and now in 2014. Just because you don't read the Sun you almost undoubtedly know someone who does - it's reach is that wide.
So if you've got a moment might you consider popping over and lending your support. For whilst some might see getting rid of Page 3 as the tip of an iceberg to be tackled, we have to start somewhere.