This week's set features topless Page 3 model for the UK SUN Rhian Sugden. The SUN newspaper has recently come under attack from Nomorepage3 for perpetuating "1970s sexist values" [Source] in its daily edition, and for being out of touch with modern women's issues. Yes, Page 3 began 40 years ago. But so did the Islamic revolution in the middle east.
Nude FEMEN anti-Islamic activist Alia al-Mahdi tells us what else they have in common "I chose to protest this way [nude] because of the ideas that say that we do not own our bodies and that we are public property, as people are the ones who decided what should be done with our bodies." [Source]
Alia is not talking about Page 3. She is talking about Islamic Sharia law that forces women to cover themselves head to toe, forces them out of the workplace and into the home, where they become little more than breeding cows. She is talking about women's right to use and enjoy their own bodies, and the right to choose a career without being attacked for it.
Today UK women are completely free. In Islam they are stoned in the streets. Is our next move a backwards one, removing women's right to their bodies, starting with models? Is it time to take steps in the same direction as the Islamic revolution or to go the full monty and grant nude models the same rights and respect as other women?
Inspite of considerable adversity, Page 3 girls have recently joined FEMEN in spirit and have started to use their beauty to try to make the world a better place, raising money and doing promotions for several worthy charities. FEMEN has shown how the female body has the power to attract attention and motivate people towards a better world. Maybe the beauty of Page 3 has been doing that all along in as many small ways as it has admirers?
We think so. But ask yourself: considering we're only now discovering the hidden powers in female beauty, is 40 years really too long for Page 3 to exist? Considering that every woman in the world desperately needs the right to own her own body, is Page 3 really out of touch with women's issues?
Let's let the Page 3 girls decide.
(And yes, we know FEMEN is against the "sex" industry, and possibly even opposes Page 3, but that is NOT the point here. The points here are FEMEN's discovery of the power of female beauty to inspire moral and political change AND a woman's right to own her own body regardless of who opposes her, be it Islam, Nomorepage3, or even FEMEN itself.)