I've signed this petition, which asks the editor of the Sun to stop putting pictures of naked women on page 3.
The 'No More Page 3' campaign also has a Facebook and Twitter presence. Lucy Ann Holmes explains her reasons for starting the petition here, though why the Independent felt they needed to use that particular picture..... well, it just proves her point.
Holmes writes: The page 3 girl image is there for no other reason than the sexual gratification of men. She’s a sex object. But when figures range from 300,000 women being sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped each year, to 1 in 4 who have been sexually assaulted, is it wise to be repeatedly perpetuating a notion that women are sexual objects?
or in the words of the late lamented Somerset band 'Why?'
Naked woman on page 3
Page 4 the story of a sex offender
Somewhere down the line we miss the point....
The campaign is now asking major supermarkets to boycott the Sun until it discontinues the practice.
It's very difficult in 2012, unless you have very poor eyesight, to keep to Jesus teaching: "anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Culture is riddled with the message that women are sex objects, from page 3 to pole dancing being marketed as exercise. I'm reminded of Douglas Couplands observation that marketing is feeding our own waste back to us in such a way that we don't realise it's real food (he uses stronger language than that). Fashion, music videos, magazine covers, you name it, there are plenty of things out there which make it difficult for men who want to keep their thought life pure.
Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a life. Holmes is right, what we sow in a tabloid photo we reap in misery.