FAIR POINT: Our biggest boob

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It’s harmless. Just a bit of fun; heck, a British institution.

And don’t forget the thousands of girls who queue up every year to launch their ‘glamour careers’.

Those are the arguments in favour of Sun readers continuing to get their daily dose of boob every morning.

Pretty puny; decidedly A-cup, or what?

Yet people are using them like a cantilevered bra against the latest anti-Page Three petition.

Author Lucy Holmes believes the time is finally right for The Sun to end its use of topless models.

“In 1970, a group of men, in a male-managed media, in a male-managed country, decided to put the naked breasts of young women in the newspaper. In 2012, we’re a different society. Shouldn’t we look at that decision again?” she asks.

She is calling for the newspaper’s advertisers to stage a boycott and wants the public to back her petition, ‘take the bare boobs out of The Sun.’

To date she’s only gained 30,000 signatures. For as ever, the issue divides society as neatly as a Playtex Cross Your Heart bra.

Those against are turning logic ‘arse over tit’, if you’ll excuse the language. A ban would infringe upon a woman’s right to a career as a ‘glamour’ girl, they rage.

What a lopsided argument.

The fact that girls think being ogled by millions of men on their teabreak equals kudos and that millions don’t bat an eye at newspaper pictures of topless women is proof of how damaging those supposedly mildly titillating images have been.

Page Three has been around for so long we have become immune to it. But when Holmes says it is ‘the single biggest thing normalising objectification of women in our country’ and Lynne Featherstone, government minister responsible for women’s rights, warns of the effect it has on domestic violence rates, it makes you rethink.

Holmes is completely right; when Page Three launched and Sam Fox and Linda Lusardi became famous (so famous they can still land parts in panto and TV game shows; ooh) we were relative innocents. But after over 40 years of female emancipation and equal rights victories, we should now view it as an embarrassment and an ‘institution’ which has weighed heavily on society’s attitudes to women. It has led men into believing it’s OK to see women as sex objects and I reckon it’s pushed millions of girls into believing they should look and act like glamour girls.

Don’t you think Page Three’s depiction of big, ‘perfect’ breasts played a huge part in the demand for boob jobs?

I do. Sure, the prevalence of pornography and cosmetic surgery has assisted, but Sam and Linda, they set the bra.