Everybody’s two favorite features in the largest-selling Brit newspaper, The Sun, have returned:
The Sun has printed a topless model on Page 3, ending days of speculation that the feature was dead. The newspaper has tweeted out a picture of Thursday’s Page 3 which features a blonde-haired model, under the headline ‘clarifications and corrections’, winking and baring her breasts.
A notice underneath the picture reads: “Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth. We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”
Meanwhile, the humorless, joyless, political scolds of the “No More Page 3” movement, who thought they’d won last week, vow to fight on.
The campaign group No More Page 3, which began in 2012 and attracted 217,000 signatures to a petition calling for a ban, acknowledged that “the fight might be back on”.
So let me get this straight: it’s okay for women to campaign for the right to go topless in public. It’s okay for Lena Dunham to disrobe on a regular basis on Girls and show the world her mashed-potato figure. That’s empowering (but the links are, of course, NSFW). But it’s somehow an affront to women everywhere if the Sun has a little innocent fun with healthy Holly from Manchester (link very definitely NSFW).