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Page3Feminists have been crowing about the decision of The Sun newspaper in the UK to no longer to feature topless models on page 3.

They are right to say that it is anachronistic. But this is not because Rupert Murdoch has finally woken up to the dreary feminist view of the world that has been peddled since the 1970s. It is much more because far more potent pornography is so readily available on the Internet. It is something of a surprise that page 3 lasted for as long as it did; Rupert Murdoch has been remarking that it is somewhat out of date for a while, but obviously the market research as to its popularity delayed its demise. And also, perhaps, the “No More Page three” campaign might have kept it going for a while longer than would otherwise have been the case; The Sun seems to like nothing more than some tittle-tattle.

Personally, The Sun never did it for me, and I had no interest in page 3 one way or the other.

'No More Page Three' protest at News International offices, Wapping, London, Britain - 13 Oct 2012What I do find interesting is this question: what on earth persuaded the campaigners to associate themselves with page 3 girls? They don’t look like them. Nor, indeed, do they look like typical Sun readers. Nor, I suspect, would the typical Sun reader associate any of them with a page 3 bimbo. There are all sorts of male stereotypes with whom I do not associate myself at all. As a man, I’m not offended or demeaned by photographs of bodybuilders slathered in oil, nor of Islamic terrorists with guns, nor of “pretty boy” singers. None of these people have anything to do with me. So why should these feminists associate themselves with the bimbos? Certainly, when I look at someone like Harriet Harman, I do not find myself in any way conjuring up any image of a bimbo, and even if soft-porn photographs of bimbos are regarded as demeaning (personally, I don’t, but hey-ho) they are certainly not IMHO in any way demeaning of those of my friends who are women. Men do not regard all women as the same as each other. It would be good if feminist women stopped regarding themselves as a big tribe of homogeneous victims, and thought of themselves as individuals.

Perhaps, deep down within every feminist, and despite their looks, there is a bimbo trying to get out?

Much more worrying, it seems to be, is the violence, including violent sexualisation, that now seems to be ubiquitous in teenagers’ video games. The campaigners have been so busy with trivia that much more invidious things seem to have slipped in under the radar.

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