Should The Sun Newspaper in the UK "drop" its page 3 girl?
For forty years The Sun a tabloid newspaper (some say gutter press) in Britain has published a page 3 topless model of the day. The publisher Rupert Murdoch is considering dropping the feature. What do you think? Will you vote in the poll?
I think that they will not drop the page 3 girl. Your typical Sun newspaper reader is in the construction, manufacturing, manual labour industry. There are still even others professions whom are likely to buy the Sun. For these male readers, it genuinely lifts their mood. For this reason they continue buying the Sun. I believe that if Rupert Murdoch was to stop the page 3 tradition, the Sun would actually see a fall in sales, because sales and profitability is all that truely matters in a business such as this, I do not think they will cut it out. Personally I do not read the Sun, however I know hundreds of individuals who do, and it has become part of their tradition along with the viewing of page 3.
Hmmm, as a mother of two teen girls and growing up in the 70's where men treated me in the workplace as a bit of a grab, I would hope the average British male, (and there are women who do all the jobs you mention) would have moved on by now. Oh well
Why on Earth should they want to do that, in an effort to make space to try and report serious news?
The Sun should gracefully retire from British streets and never return, simple. Page 3 has been a sad joke since the first issue. Topless females should only be seen on dirty seaside postcards!
The whole paper undermines the intelligence of the British people and has a history of distorting the truth. I'd be happy to see it disappear.
Yes. Nothing but pure sexism, the 'news in briefs' bit where they insult the women by implying they must all be stupid is horrid.
This is an interesting one. Maybe I've got hold of a bit of hot news here, because neither you nor the people who've replied have mentioned it, but I DEFINITELY heard on BBC Five yesterday that Rupert Murdoch had said that he was thinking of dropping the P3 girls... or maybe you've heard that as well and you've put this question up in response...?
There was actually a discussion about it on the programme, and one person said that P3 is outdated because it's the sort of thing that people can access on the net nowadays anyway.
I personally think it should be dropped, because it's well outdated now. I don't want to be hypocritical though, because back in the 1970's and 80's when my late Mum used to buy the Sun, I did look at P3 girls. I was a passionate young man then, in my 20's, I used to look at them because I found them attractive, not because I was sexist or regarded women as playthings. People are all different; I've never 'grabbed' women, put my hands on them without permission or even wolf-whistled at them.
As for The Sun itself, well, I'm fairly left-wing, so I detest its political standpoint, and some of the distasteful things that it has done in the past, e.g. the infamous "GOTCHA" headline of 1982, and the lies published about Liverpool fans in 1989.
I've never purchased a copy of the paper. My late Mum bought it along with several other dailies until she passed away in 1987. After that, I only purchased The Mirror and our local paper, the Liverpool Echo for myself and my late Dad. After he passed away in 1997, I stopped buying newspapers.
Unfortunately at the moment, there is still a big market for the Sun; it will be interesting to see what happens to that market if P3 is pulled.
Yes, I heard about it on the CBC and thought it would be an interesting question. When younger I had friends who thought being a P3 girl was the bees knees and that attitude was supported by men and women. I didn't the read the Sun in the UK either.
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