Lewes woman joins protest to ditch page 3 in The Sun

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Lewes resident Fiona Salter took the town’s spirit of rebellion with her to Wapping when she joined a campaign to scrap Page 3 of The Sun newspaper.

On Saturday, along with the Turn Your Back on Page 3 campaign and other feminist groups, Fiona marked the 42nd anniversary of Page 3 with a protest outside News International headquarters in London calling for an end to what she described as sexist misrepresentations of women in our press.

Since November 1970, Page 3 of The Sun has featured a large photograph of a topless female glamour model.

Fiona, a charity worker, of Priory Street, Lewes, said: “These Page 3-type portrayals of women would not be broadcast on TV, and they are prohibited from the workplace because they are considered a form of sexual harassment.

“Yet, in a situation unusual to the UK, newspapers are free to print these discriminatory images.

“Along with women of all ages, I spoke to men at the protest who see no place for these sort of images of women in our mainstream media.

“The Sun newspaper is stuck in the 1970s and it is time its editor and News International woke up to that fact.

“It is not just activists and feminist groups they are offending by continuing to cling to their outdated portrayal of young women.

“Society has moved on since 1970 and so should The Sun newspaper.”

Although Page 3 is popular with some readers, it has also attracted sustained criticism, notably from feminists who argue that it objectifies and demeans women, and conservatives who believe the photographs are softcore pornography and inappropriate for publication in a family-oriented newspaper.

Former MP Clare Short campaigned vigorously, albeit unsuccessfully, in the mid-1980s, and again in 2004, to have topless Page 3 girls banned from newspapers.

Editors themselves have sometimes voluntarily eliminated or altered the feature, as when the Daily Mirror stopped printing topless photographs in the 1980s.

However, The Sun has retained its Page 3 feature for more than four decades, with only minor changes in style and presentation.