I was delighted this morning to see a twitter post promoting a new petition that has been put together to end the degrading and anachronistic insult that is the Sun Page 3 ‘Glamour Girl’. I decided to send it on to a group of my friends and colleagues to sign too, but as I was doing so, a curious thing happened. As the names of a number of my intelligent, erudite, successful women friends popped up in my inbox, I found myself thinking “Gosh, I’m not sure whether X would actually agree with me on this.” Which surprised me.
But I am reminded of the number of women who have surprised me in the past by preferring to concentrate on more ‘serious’ issues of equality and injustice and who comfortably consign page 3 to a ‘bit of harmless fun’. Whilst I absolutely respect their views, I do not share them. In fact, I passionately disagree and instead believe that this kind of very deep-rooted, too-easily-socially-accepted form of sexism and objectification is a disgrace to women in 21st century Britain. It makes me wonder sometimes why I have spent a decade working to support women in commerce, looking to get them and their business plans and aspirations taken more seriously, promoted more fairly and judged more equally, when the biggest selling newspaper in the country sees fit to remind everyone just where women fit into daily society after all.
If you think like me on this one, sign up and pass it on.