A campaign to ban topless women on Page 3 of British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, has gained momentum with 15,000 signatures added to the petition in twenty-four hours, taking the total to 17,853 (at the time of writing).
The petition calls on the editor of the publication, Dominic Mohan, to remove the bare breasts from the self-proclaimed 'family orientated' paper.
The call to action reads:
We are asking very nicely.
No More Page 3.
George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 O’ Clock News, does he, Dominic?
Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of Danni, 19, from Plymouth, in just her pants and a necklace, on This Morning, do they, Dominic?
No, they don’t.
There would be an outcry.
And you shouldn’t show the naked breasts of young women in your widely read ‘family’ newspaper either.
Consider this a long overdue outcry.
Dominic, stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain’s most widely read newspaper, stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects.
Enough is enough.
As the campaign gathers speed, women and men alike are showing their support for the petition online, including a lively debate on mumsnet.com, and many tweets: