Rumours have yet to be confirmed, but it appears that The Sun’s infamous Page Three may have been dropped. Since the 1970s, the newspaper has published explicit images, primarily topless women, to much controversy. In recent years, the page has been subject to the No More Page 3 campaign, founded by Lucy-Anne Holmes. This campaign, motivated by a hatred of sexism, the outdated nature of the page, and the easy access that children have to sexual material, has pressuring The Sun to remove the page. Fully information about the group can be found here.
If The Sun has decided to stop Page Three, then this really is a welcome snippet of goods news in a world which seems to have taken an even darker turn recently. Congratulations to the No More Page 3 campaign – you’ve made your mark and as far as I can see, it’s a pretty good one.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom wrote, directed and produced the documentary Miss Representation, a film exposing the shocking influence the media has on self image, and the degrading way in which women are represented.
I am not a huge fan of her as a speaker. While she is passionate, it is not displayed in a way in which captures my attention. However, what she is actually saying is fantastic. Her message is shocking, and its one that everyone should pay attention to. The fact is that even if progress has been made in terms of inequality between the sexes, this problem is not one of the past. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an inspiration because she has fought for women, and fought against the injustice facing women in the world. Women need to take a stand against this discrimination. If not, we face a lifetime of inequality, and so do our daughters.
Too many people are not proud to be themselves, myself included. I have spend most of my life trying to fit myself into society’s expectations of me. However, I have come to an important realisation. I don’t have to fit around society, and neither does anyone else. People make society, it should not make us. The time has come to fight for individuality and the right and freedom to be ourselves.
With that comes the battle for equality. A lot of the time, it seems that unless you are a white male with a high income, you’re inferior. Homosexuals, bisexual, ftms etc and ethnic minorities are still discriminated against, women are still forced to conform to a stereotype, not helped by the media’s degradation of them. I am only one among many who sees the extreme injustice in this fact and who intends to fight for a better world. But for everyone who campaigns for equal treatment, there is someone sitting ignorantly refusing to accept change or who is scared to fight for it. The battle for a society in which everyone is equal and free is one which must be undergone by everyone in order for it to be won.
This blog is dedicated to the campaign for equality, freedom and justice, and the ending of low self esteem and the feeling of inferiority that so many battle. I only hope I can make a difference.