Last week we were told that the out dated, sexist, objectification of women- in the form of The Sun’s Page 3 ‘girls’-was to cease. There was excitement across feminist circles, women commentators and campaigners who couldn’t hide their delight at this surprising victory, following a sudden apparent change of heart among the chiefs at The Sun.
However, it was all rather short lived and before the end of the week the paper had yet again featured a winking, topless model on its infamous third page.
It was disappointing to say the least but perhaps the most hurtful event was the goading tweets sent by the paper’s (evidentially rather childish) head of PR.
He sent offensive messages of the model winking to the journalist Kay Burley, Roy Greenslade and Labour’s Harriet Harman via twitter. He later apologised for this and specifically to Harman whom he admitted he had never been involved in a twitter spat with.
The latest episode shows a huge lack of respect for those who have campaigned for so long to put an end to the out-dated and sexist images and also fails to acknowledge that Page 3 is offensive to so many of us-not just women. You can read more on this here.
Writing for the Guardian last week, Alberto Nardelli, the papers data editor, revealed “Four ways Labour has had a better start to 2015 than the Tories”. Among them, he reminds us that the parties’ first round of election poster wars was won by Labour and he goes on to describe how voters are closing in on Cameron with analysis of a number of polls including some commissioned by Lord Ashcroft.
Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman launched the party’s national women’s tour, during which she promised to get more women to vote. As the campaign progresses there will be a battle van on the road. There is so much interest from Labour women activists who want to get involved, Harriet promised: “There is so much enthusiasm, so many women want to join the tour, it is going to be great,” she told the Eastern Daily Press while at a round table event in Norwich. Read more here.
The deputy Labour leader also warned of the dangers of supporting Ukip last week, especially if you are a woman. She said it tolerated appalling anti female remarks and offered a policy platform which is bad for women, while some 90% of its PPC candidates are men.