Is it time to ban Page 3?

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?

You decide.

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  • Tony K.

    For a full summary of Wednesday's debate, see: http://debating-london.blogspot.co.uk/

    July 12, 2013

  • Derek G.

    There are many times in newspaper-bookshops when one is confronted with front-page pictures of ladies in various stages of 'undress'.
    Many of us would rather have the option of either not seeing that, or voluntarily opening the magazine and seeing it. Then everyone has an equal chance to be happy without imposing on the other.

    July 11, 2013

  • Jason D.

    Both sides of the motion gave great accounts of the arguments!

    July 10, 2013

  • Michael

    Sorry, I cannot now make it. Vauxhall is a bit far. Central London is far more suitable. Sorry about tonight.

    July 10, 2013

  • Lucinda

    Sorry guys - Did n't realise it was in Vauxhall - a bit too far away!

    July 10, 2013

  • James

    Work dragging on. Sorry I won't make it. Down with Page 3! Consider my proxy vote for the motion!

    July 10, 2013

  • Charlotte B.

    FYI The no more page 3 campaign is not proposing a ban on page 3. It is trying to persuade The Sun to stop printing the pics of its own accord.

    July 3, 2013

    • Tony K.

      Charlotte, you are quite correct. However, they are proposing the government intervene if the Sun refuses, which is exactly what it did last week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/...­

      July 5, 2013

    • Charlotte B.

      That is one campaigner's view. The official petition which I and over 107,000 others have signed is very clear in not calling for a ban.

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe; gonna keep an eye on this for now...

    July 4, 2013

  • Derek G.

    Porny pinups can be demeaning to a lady.

    July 4, 2013

  • Ed

    No it is not! The girls have a choice of whether or not to disrobe, and readers have a choice to buy or not buy. Why would we compromise those freedoms?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Why don't they just rename it Page 4? Everyone's happy.

      July 4, 2013

    • James

      I don't think this is a freedom issue. After all, why not give people the freedom to smoke heroin and murder each other? A healthy moral society will need to draw lines between what is acceptable for the greater good and what is unacceptable for the greater good. Whether Page 3 has become unacceptable within 21st century ethics is up for debate.

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • terence f.

    np

    June 28, 2013

  • James

    To challenge thought around this subject, why does Page 3 not show full nudity? Would that be too far? If so, why? I think that possible answers to this question will illuminate issues central to this debate.

    1 · June 28, 2013

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