Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world with a special hello to all my readers in the UK. It’s Guy Hogan sleepless in Pittsburgh. I was dozing on the sofa a little while ago and when I woke up the local sports talk show was low on the radio and the computer was asleep. It was three in the morning. I’d been watching silent movies.
So, I decided to call it a night; but before I did I checked some of my online sources and I found some new photos on Egotastic All Stars. The photos were of the women of Page 3. What is Page 3? My readers in the UK know. The following is what Wikipedia has to say about Page 3.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Page 3 is a colloquial term for a feature formerly included in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun. The phrase originates with the publication of a large photograph of a topless, bare-breasted female glamour model usually published on the print edition’s third page. The feature first appeared in the newspaper on 17 November 1970 and on the official Page 3 website since June 1999, which it still continues. The terms “Page 3” and “Page Three” are registered trademarks of News UK, parent company of The Sun, although the feature has been imitated in Britain’s other ‘red top’ tabloids and by newspapers internationally.
Page 3 was popular with Sun readers, but it also attracted sustained controversy. Critics argued that Page 3 objectifies and demeans women, while others believe that it should not appear in a generally circulated national newspaper. Some campaigners advocated for legislation to ban Page 3, while others have tried to convince newspaper editors to voluntarily drop the feature or modify it so that models no longer appear topless. The No More Page 3 campaign was launched in 2012.
The Irish edition of The Sun dropped topless Page 3 models in August 2013. After several days of non-appearance, an article appeared in stablemate The Times on 19 January 2015 indicating that the UK editions were dropping the feature too, The 22 January 2015 edition, in what became a one-off revival, was the last to include the feature.
PS I have no plans to drop topless, bare-breasted women from the pages of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.–Guy Hogan