Page 3 of the Sun, which features a young female model posing topless, was recently described by the newspaper's editor, Dominic Mohan, as a "British Institution". However, Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, begs to differ and is now campaigning to have the tabloid banned from Parliament and ultimately for the government to step in and ban page 3 altogether if the Sun's editors do not take action themselves.
She is not alone either. A poll commissioned by women's charity, Platform 51, showed that 51% of people asked would support a ban with support highest among young people aged 18-24. However, is that a good enough reason to do it? The Sun's defenders, including media minister, Ed Vaizey, say it would amount to an unacceptable encroachment of free speech.
Does page 3 lead to the objectification of women and should it be banned? Is it just the symptom of a wider and more significant problem with the portrayal of women in the media? Or is it unfair to deny page 3 to readers who are prepared to pay for it in order to satisfy the demands of those who don't?