I find it interesting that Page 3 – a national newspaper displaying topless women – still seems to be so acceptable in 2012. Yes, it’s been around for a long time, but does that mean it’s existence can’t be challenged? As Gareth Davies writes it’s not a ‘great British institution’ but simply a tool for luring men into viewing women as sex objects – pure and simple. If you want to delve into the philosophy and the myths that link to this then read this article.
Carl Beech, my friend who leads CVM, has blogged on this in very straight-forward language:
I suppose I’m a fairly typical guy. I love Top Gear, sport and action movies. I love extreme(ish) endurance challenges, prog rock (can’t believe I just admitted that) and nothing more than a banter-filled evening with my mates. I’m also madly and deeply in love with my wife of 19 years and I totally adore and love to bits my two daughters Emily and Annie who are 12 and very nearly 14.
I also have a sex drive. I’m a red- blooded male, so what do you expect? The fact we don’t talk about it much in churches doesn’t mean that we don’t have one. However, there’s a problem. The world outside the Church is highly sexually driven but they do talk about it. In fact, they don’t just talk about it; they flaunt it and get in everyone’s faces. The Church by contrast seems powerless to respond, and the sexualised culture we have marches on.
There’s a lot I could say but in a few short words I’ll say it as it is: I’m pretty sick of the porn peddlers. It drives me mad (anger is a very underrated fruit of the spirit). I walk into a newsagent with my two girls and right in their faces are a bunch of lads’ mags with bare-breasted women and smutty headlines. So what’s that saying to my girls? It’s saying something like this:
“You are objects of sexual gratification for blokes. That’s all you’re good for.”
And what’s it saying to men? I guess it’s something like this:
“This is what drives you. We know what you’re really all about. We know what you really want. And it’s smut and sleaze.”
Time to take a stand I think fellas.
To make things easier, Lucy Holmes’ has developed a great campaign, encouraging people to petition Dominic Mohan the editor of the Sun to put an end to this practice of valuing women by their breast size (he’s had a busy week following the Sun’s role in the Hillsborough Disaster). Standing up as a generation and saying we don’t think women should grow up in an objectified culture and we don’t think men should either. If you agree then take a few moments to sign here.