Speculation was rife this week that The Sun had stopped using topless models on page 3. It’s been a regular feature of the newspaper for 44 years.
Feminists across the country celebrated what they believed to be the end to an offensive tradition with the surprise announcement on Tuesday. This joy proved to be short lived though, when the paper printed a topless photo of a blonde girl in Thursday’s paper. It was under the headline “Clarifications and Corrections”.
Page 3 girls were first introduced in the 1970’s, less than a year after Rupert Murdoch bought the paper. In recent years, The Sun has faced an increasing amount of complaints that the feature is out-dated in our modern society and that it is objectifying women.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Liberal Democrat Women’s and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson were among many who expressed their delight when the feature appeared to have been removed. Rather than exposing their breasts, it was thought that the models would be wearing lingerie. These rumours were never actually confirmed by The Sun.
The Sun has now denied all reports that page 3 has been stopped, causing outrage amongst the No More Page 3 campaign. There have been extremely mixed reviews over the re-launch of the feature.