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The Sun has printed a topless model on Page 3, ending days of speculation that the feature was dead.

The newspaper has tweeted out a picture of Thursday’s Page 3 which features a blonde-haired model, under the headline ‘clarifications and corrections’, winking and baring her breasts.

A notice underneath the picture reads: “Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth.

“We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”

53 thoughts on “Page 3”

  1. As the PR guy from The Sun said, they never said they were closing it. A story came from another paper (yes, another Murdoch paper, but it’s not like they’re the same team) and no-one bothered to verify it.

    Some of the protestors even got bitter about it, like The Sun has an obligation to deny a story and be transparent about it, like The Sun owes anything to the likes of Harriet Harman and Stella Creasy.

  2. I’d have printed a picture of Harriet Harman or some other such creature, with the headline “This is what a feminist looks like”. A week of that would have been interesting.

  3. As Julia M stated Epic trolling. Even more so after the Lib dim equality harridan called for bikini photographs to be deemed unacceptable next. Twitter was a feast of schadenfreude last night, Glorious.

  4. So I had a gander at the “No More Page 3” website.

    http://nomorepage3.org

    And I’m wondering, is this whole thing a bit of mischief concocted by Rupert Murdoch himself?

    6 REASONS PAGE 3 HAS TO GO!

    1) It’s 2014! [No it isn’t.] Page 3 was first introduced in the sexist 1970s. A lot has changed over the last 30+ years in our society, we think it’s time The Sun caught up…

    The NHS was founded in the sexist, racist 1940’s…

    2) It’s soft porn in the UK’s no.1 selling family newspaper that children are exposed to. Until 2003 the models were only 16 (and made to dress up in school ties and hats – seriously!) It’s never been OK. One day we’ll look back on this and think “oh my goodness, we did what?!”

    WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!!!?

    3) What does it teach children? They see page after page of pictures of men in clothes doing stuff (running the country, having opinions, achieving in sport!) and what are the women doing in this society they’re learning about? Not much really, other than standing topless in their pants showing their bare breasts for men. It’s not really fair, is it?

    So apparently the only women featured in the Sun are nekkid. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess they’ve never actually read the Sun.

    And somehow I don’t think the boob-shamers would be any happier if the Sun carried more pictures of Margaret Thatcher. Or Marine Le Pen. Or any female UKIP MEP.

    4) Women say, do and think so many interesting and incredible things and should be celebrated for their many achievements.

    Yes. Unless they’re nagging feminist scolds who devote their time saying, doing and thinking risible things, like waging a war on tits.

    They are people, not things! Not ‘that’. The fact that we hear ‘look at the tits on that’ or ‘I’d do that’ is disgusting, disrespectful and objectifying. Page 3 of The Sun is the icon that perpetuates and normalises this horrible sexist ‘banter’.

    The class hatred is just oozing out of them here. Why do they hate men who drive white vans?

    5) Every single weekday for the last 44 years in The Sun newspaper the largest female image has been of a young woman

    This is just lies.

    (usually of a very particular age, race, physicality)

    Are they suggesting they’d be happier if the Sun had topless geriatric Eskimo wheelchair users on Page 3?

    showing her breasts for men, sending out a powerful message that whatever else a woman achieves, her primary role is to serve men sexually.

    Projection isn’t just for boring holiday slides any more.

    Pretty rubbish that really.

    Quite.

    6) The Sun newspaper could be so much stronger without Page 3.

    “Murdoch, you bastard! Why not change your newspaper to suit the whims of people who don’t buy or read it?”

    Because currently, any story they run about women’s issues such as rape, sexual abuse, harassment, domestic violence or the dangers of online porn is drowned out and contradicted by the neon flashing sign of Page 3 that says ‘shut up, girls, and get your tits out.’

    We can’t be against rape or wife-beating if we also like seeing a smiling girl voluntarily displaying a healthy chest. But it’s OK if Cosmo or Jezebel carry stories about “HOT STEAMY SEX!” because feminism.

    A couple of points we’d like to make clear:-

    • *CONTEXT* We love breasts! And have nothing against the women who choose to show them, we simply feel that a family newspaper is the wrong context for these images.

    Absolute big floppy donkey bollocks. The thing that drives these ladies mental is the idea of men seeing perky, creamy, bountiful bosoms the likes of which these Moaning Mildreds no longer possess, if they ever did. Feminism is a demented campaign against normal heterosexual male sexuality.

    I’m a goddamned paterfamilias and I have no problem with my boys seeing knockers. Why the hell would I? You see much raunchier adverts for shampoo on Italian telly anyway. Don’t we want to be Good Europeans now?

    • *EQUAL REPRESENTATION* all we are really asking is that women be represented with respect in the newspaper, rather like men are.

    Fine. Stick James Corden on Page 4 showing off his breasts.

    SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

    • Girlguiding UK (over 500,000 young members)
    • Mumsnet (Mumsnet is the UK’s largest website for parents, with 4.3 million monthly unique visitors)
    • The British Youth Council (over 220 youth organisations)
    • UK Youth (working with approx 1 million young people, and 11,000 youth clubs)
    • Members of the Girls’ Brigade England and Wales (just under 20,000 members)
    • The NUT, NASUWT, ATL, NAHT (combining over 780,000 teachers, lecturers and Head Teachers)
    • Unison (our largest union, 1.3 million members)
    • The National Assembly of Wales
    • The Scottish Parliament
    • The Royal College of Midwives
    • The Royal College of Nursing
    • 33 universites and University Colleges have voted to stop selling The Sun until it drops the page 3 topless images
    • Rape Crisis
    • Woman’s Aid
    • End Violence Against Women’s Coalition (national group of more than 60 women’s organisations)
    • Youth Media Agency (working with over 300 exciting media platforms)
    • The Young Women’s Movement
    • The Everyday Sexism Project
    • Shape Your Culture
    • Breast Cancer UK
    • And a LOT more!!

    A cornucopia of arseholes.

  5. As I saw elsewhere this point does seem hard to rebutt.

    If Page 3 doesn’t show boobs, whose am I gonna look at? My wife’s? Get real!

    — rob delaney (@robdelaney) January 22, 2015

  6. We’ll look back on Page 3 as an interesting and historic record of the subtle changing tastes in what is attractive in the physiclal form of femininity, from the short curvy large breasted form of the 1970s through to today’s slimmer more athletic shape.

    It’s not soft-porn, it’s physical, cultural and social anthropology.

  7. @hallowed be.

    I have similar thoughts. If we can’t look at women as sexual objects, what CAN we look at as sexual objects?

  8. Because currently, any story they run about women’s issues such as rape, sexual abuse, harassment, domestic violence or the dangers of online porn is drowned out and contradicted by the neon flashing sign of Page 3 that says ‘shut up, girls, and get your tits out.’

    Er, what? Rape is caused by women looking attractive? That’s feminism these days, is it?

  9. Well, it’s a relief that it’s a false alarm.

    I wish somebody would have the balls to point out that if the 1970s is “outdated”, then that is also the era of the development of 2nd Wave Feminism, Eco-Greenism, the whole racism schtick and the rest of the New Left enthusiasms, so they must be outdated too.

    I have idly wondered though whether News International did set this up, to gauge reactions and maybe troll the critics. If so, kudos. If anything can wipe that smug expression off Stella Creasey’s face even for a second, it’s worth it.

    Also, nice it demonstrated that bikinis would be next. Puritans never stop.

  10. from the short curvy large breasted form of the 1970s through to today’s slimmer more athletic shape.

    As an amateur student of boobology, I have to correct this. Big norks were the 80s (Sam Fox, the gorgeous Maria Whittaker, Tracy Neve, etc) whereas the 70s was pert and athletic, Jilly Johnson being the prime example. The ideal 70s figure was pert enough to go braless under a fashionable cheesecloth top, crocheted dress, etc.

    The modern figure is characterised, by comparison, primarily by boyish hips compared to the more flared hips previously favoured. I found myself noting this the other day when- on one of those chains of internet things where I started off with an episode of Star Trek (This Side Of Paradise), then started looking for the name of a Charles Bronson/Jill Ireland movie I vaguely remembered, ended up with Jill Ireland in a bikini, and got a reminder of what proper hips look like. The trajectory from the 70s has definitely swapped the two bulbs of the hourglass.

  11. Squander Two – it’s an even bigger logic fail than that.

    Because currently, any story they run about women’s issues such as rape, sexual abuse, harassment, domestic violence or the dangers of online porn is drowned out

    So one page featuring bare bosoms – and usually it’s less than the full page – “drowns out” all of the other pages devoted to crime stories and wimmins ishoos.

    I knew knockers were powerful, but blimey.

    and contradicted

    Because if you like tits, you must be in favour of Jimmy Savile and Jimmy Savile related activities.

    by the neon flashing sign of Page 3 that says ‘shut up, girls, and get your tits out.’

    Schizophrenic people have been known to imagine their cats telling them to stab people.

    Feminists believe a girl showing off her womanly assets is somehow telling them to whip them out for the lads.

    And they’re right.

    I once saw a picture of a smirking David Beckham on a billboard with a bulge in his trunks.

    I was later taken into police custody when I was found wandering the Marks and Spencers food hall wearing nothing but a pair of Y-fronts and a cheeky smile.

    I also broke both legs in a daring attempt to deliver a box of Milk Tray to my wife.

  12. Squander-

    Er, what? Rape is caused by women looking attractive? That’s feminism these days, is it?

    Paradoxically, only photographs of women looking attractive. Photographs cause an inevitable rape frenzy in any observing male. The real thing, by contrast, most definitely does not and it is beyond the pale to imply that the visual appearance of genuine women has any effect on men whatsoever.

  13. Steve: “A cornucopia of arseholes”

    Correct. Also a pack of lies as far as the numbers go. Trying to claim that because the PC metromarxist pricks running the NUT and Unison don’t like page three means that their 2 million members also are against it is a brazen lie.

    And as for the 22000 members of the Girl Guides it is very possible that despite hateful femmi-propaganda that some of those girls will grow up to make well-paid appearances on page 3 themselves.

  14. Ah, those “supporting organisations”. Reminds me of the 1970s and 1980s with the trade union block vote. Democracy, see?

    Even IF every single member of those organisations agreed with the Marxist nutjobs who had spent 18 hours a day backstabbing and conniving their way to the top, IT STILL WOULD MAKE NO DIFFERENCE. Because it is none of your business, see?

    Je suis le Soleil

  15. And what about these breast cancer charities? Would they be the same ones who’ve devoted the last decade to doing everything they can to get everyone talking about and appreciating women’s breasts? And trying to encourage women not to be ashamed of their breasts and to become more familiar with how they look and feel? Have they thought this through?

  16. IanB: “As an amateur student of boobology, I have to correct this. Big norks were the 80s …”

    To counterbalance the big hair, I presume..?

  17. @Ian B – I bow to your superior knowledge.

    Which reminds me of the time I was arguing about page 3 and the like with some wet liberal who obviously hoped being PC would get him laid (when we all know birds fancy proper men).

    Anyway wet liberal said that he had noted over the years that the average age of Page 3 etc girls was getting younger. I let that sink in for a short while before commenting that I wasn’t enough of a devotee of Page 3 to have charted the models average age. Wet liberal really did then try and explain to the group we were with that he had been doing ‘research’.

    arf arf.

  18. Gail McKenna was my favourite, back in the day.
    Or Corinne Russell (from the neck down, I’m a brunettes man).
    I still like my wife’s though. Smug bastard.

  19. We should start a campaign to get The Sun to feature a girl in a squirrel suit.

    Not _all_ of a squirrel suit, obviously. Or, if only whole ones are available not _all in_ the squirrel suit.

  20. Two headlines in the Guardian Online

    “No more t*ts in the Sun”

    “We need more penises on our screens” (reference to a gay scene drama).

    Eh??

  21. Bloke no longer in Austria

    Looking at Page 3 automatically makes one a rapistl, I think that should be clear to everyone. Moreover it was responsible for all the crimes of Saville, Rolf, Stuart Hall et al. Murdoch has a lot to answer for and should be named Rapemaster in Chief and tried like Eichmann for his crimes.

    IanB – 1970s perfection comes in the form of Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman is still being repeated and despite her inability to run or throw things – or act come to think of it – I still sigh at the sight of her in THAT costume.

    A good parable of how figures change is provided by Terri Hatcher. If you see her in 1980s episodes of MacGyver, she’s pretty, curvy and all tight jeans and trainers. In Superman ijn the 90s she’s thinner, more sophisticated (eg better hair, skirts or tailored trousers) and actually beautiful. 2000s ? She looks like a skeleton ! I never watched Desperate Housewives because it upset me so much to see her like that.

  22. Steve,

    “Until 2003 the models were only 16 (and made to dress up in school ties and hats – seriously!) ”

    We can’t verify that, and I wasn’t anything more than someone who glanced at other people’s, but I can’t ever recall seeing that. My memory of Page 3 girls in the 1980s is that they more closely resembled a girl who was going to a night club, trying to look older than she was.

    Sounds like BS to me.

  23. Mr Ecks,

    “And as for the 22000 members of the Girl Guides it is very possible that despite hateful femmi-propaganda that some of those girls will grow up to make well-paid appearances on page 3 themselves.”

    Most of the Guide leaders don’t give a shit. They’re like “yeah, they’re like that”.

    This was decided by the advocacy panel, of 14 to 25 year old guides. In other words, girls who are still in the guides after the normal leaving age, and the sort that likes spending their time in meetings.

    Most Guides just like doing outward bound stuff, making fires, helping people.

  24. The Guides is typical of an organisation that has been colonised by entryists. Once inside, they produce structures (like the “advocacy panel”) which are nests of their own kind. It’s a long way from the days when my girlfriend was turned down for a leader job (whatever they call Brown Owl, kind of thing) because of her not professing a Christian faith.

  25. BnliA,

    “Wonder Woman is still being repeated and despite her inability to run or throw things – or act come to think of it – I still sigh at the sight of her in THAT costume.”

    Someone once commented about Cabaret that you don’t see dancers who have the same shape as those dancers any longer. Exercise routines have changed and made women a bit thinner in the hip and thigh areas.

    The new WW looks terrible. She’s supposed to be an Amazon FFS, not a supermodel living on crispbread.

  26. Ian B,

    At the grass roots, it’s still fine. What works against the entryists is that it’s mostly a volunteer organisation, mostly of mothers, and in my experience, mostly a bit more right-leaning than left-leaning. It’s decentralised towards the volunteer leaders. If they try and control the groups, a lot of the volunteers will leave. The trustees are stuffed with state/NGO types, though.

    I had a quick look at what the WI are like, and they’ve lost it. Every campaign could be lifted straight out of the Guardian. A lot of pointless delivering of petitions asking for something that’s not going to happen.

    The Lions seem to be the last outpost of sanity in the old little platoons.

  27. About 5 years ago was chatting with some friends at uni and someone mentioned page 3 girls. I waxed poetic about Sam Fox, first 16 year old girl I saw in page 3 topless that I can remember. Several in the group were shocked and were thinking I was into young girls. Had to gently explain that she was older than some of their mums and when she was 16 I was 13! Heck at that age many a young lad appreciates any picture of boobs!

  28. So Much for Subtlety

    Steve – “A cornucopia of arseholes.”

    A cornucopia of expensive ar$eholes. I mean, seriously, how many of those groups are self-supporting? The Girl Guides may be. Mumsnet perhaps. The rest? A bunch of parasitic leeches by the looks of them. Could any of them survive without the Treasury stealing my money on their behalf?

    A good sensible economic policy would be to cut funding to them all.

    Imagine there’s no shrill Lesbian qangos. It is easy if you try.

  29. So who looks at the pictures of fit young men leaping about and not wearing all that much in the way of clothes.They say they are sportsmen -but?

  30. So Much for Subtlety

    You know this is probably a common problem, but I can’t decide if the one on the right really is bigger, or it is just an illusion of perspective given the one on the left is further away.

    I feel the need for further research.

  31. To So Much for Subtlety:

    To his wife said the lynx-eyed detective,
    “Could it be that my eyesight’s defective?
    “Has your East tit the least bit
    “The best of your West tit
    “Or is it a trick of perspective?”

  32. I know this is a page 3 discussion, but how can we talk about sexy curvy girls without even mention Raquel Welch? She did not have to flash her tits, but boy, she was gorgeous.

  33. Steve

    Sheer genius – again! Especially the last sentence.

    SMFS – completely agree with your post on the cost of this cornucopia. One of the reasons for the hatred within the MSM towards UKIP is the threatened ‘Bonfire of the inanities’- the dismissal of 2 million people within the non-productive public sector (including quangoes and dependent charities) which would fatally undermine both Labour and the Greens. This policy needs to be carried out – post haste.

  34. The guardian just needs to start doing a page 3 penis, then everything would calm down and go back to normal.

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