It all counts

The Sun has put bikinis on Page 3 rather than bare breasts, and in the process provoked a flurry of feminist articles. For every article celebrating the victory, there’s another saying it’s not that big a deal, and there some pieces by women saying it’s anti-feminist to deny them the choice of posing in the Sun because it’s not objectification…and there are others saying those women aren’t quite aware of their subjugation.

My take is that it matters. It’s a modest victory and that’s ok.

Representation matters. To say that this does have significance, albeit largely symbolic, is not to say that it’s the most important campaign or that those who support it only care about this one thing. And even if they do, there are so many other important campaigns on issues like FGM, for example, for people to get stuck into. Equal pay. Violence against women. Refugee women in detention. So many other things, and they all matter, like lots of cracks in a wall.

Sometimes we’ll take out some huge bricks and other times we’ll put cracks in it. There is merit in the point that some of the less well-known and more difficult campaigns are often the most grave.  We’ll keep working.

But it does all matter. So well done, No More Page 3. Next!

 

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2 thoughts on “It all counts

  1. curiosetta says:

    Do you agree that adult women have free will and agency and are NOT helpless ‘children’ or objects and should never be treated that way?

    Do you agree that the women who chose to pose for page 3 and get paid for it were adults as defined above?

    By shutting down page 3 feminists have prevented these adult women from doing what they wanted to do with their lives which is to model topless and get paid for it.

    Is is fair for feminists to treat these women like children or objects and stop them doing what they want to do?

    Do feminists have any right to act like authoritarian ‘parents’ to other women?

    Do feminists have any right to act like authoritarian ‘parents’ to men, like the poor guy who landed on spaceship on the comet, who feminists reduced to tears because they didn’t like the shirt he was wearing?

    Do feminists realise why so many people are sick to death of feminists telling men and women what they can or can’t do with their lives/ bodies/ clothes etc?

    Do feminists realise why so many people regard feminism as a personality disorder or even a mental illness?

    Are feminists aware that while some feminists were busy banning women from going topless on page 3 some other feminists were wandering about topless in public with balaclavas on their heads demanding their right to go topless in public without being told to cover up?

    Do feminists have any self awareness at all?

    Do feminists have any idea how they appear to normal people?

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