Dear The Sun,
So, today you addressed one of the issues that many No More Page 3 campaigners have with your paper; you invited women of varying ages, varying ethnicities, and varying body shapes and sizes onto your pages, and went some way in demonstrating that beauty is more than white, slim and big breasted. It was a noble move, and one that I think you genuinely made with good intentions. You invited women onto your pages, and allowed them to talk openly and honestly about their bodies, the relationships they have with their own self-image, and what they like about themselves. So far, so positive.
But, apparently the women’s opinions on their own physiques were not really adequate, and their bodies were presented to a ‘panel’ of four other people (three of whom were men), so that strangers could make some helpful comments. The panel was made up of:
- Dr Hilary Jones, a medical doctor (who brought the benefit of his professional opinion to the table with comments such as ‘[her] bigger bust makes her waist look slimmer’ and ‘I would imagine she has no health problems’. It is true that you can ascertain a woman’s state of health simply by looking at her naked body – it’s what makes A&E waiting times so short),
- Kate Nightingale, a psychologist (who brought the benefit of her professional opinion to the table with comments such as ‘a push-up bra would be good’ and ‘She has lovely, slim legs so could show them off by wearing skirts and dresses’ – I guess maybe she moonlights for Femail’s fashion section?’),
- Martin Daubney (an ex-editor of Loaded who talks about the women as if they were cars he’s considering buying),
- And a builder called Luke. Because builders are the true people.
At this point, I have to ask whether you are aware of a television show in Denmark, called ‘Blachman’, on which women are invited to disrobe, and then have their bodies discussed openly by a panel of men, and which has also been described by many as one of the most sexist shows on television. Oh, sorry, of course you have, you published this article about it… [Rest, huffpo.]
- [link] In response to Sun’s request for a naked photoshoot (feimineach.com)
- Did this woman commission the most sexist TV programme ever? (telegraph.co.uk)
- In response to Sun’s request for a naked photoshoot (bonixxnina.wordpress.com)
- Danish TV show under fire for parading naked women (ibnlive.in.com)
- New Thomas Blachman Show: Men Judging Women’s Naked Bodies Onstage Like Some Sick Televised Hazing Ritual (thegloss.com)