I’ve been so busy recently that I don’t get to read the news very often and I’ve missed all the media discussion about The Sun and page 3. I’m always keen to talk about breasts, as my readers probably know, so naturally I thought I should add my two cents.
To be honest, I don’t feel strongly either way. I don’t mind if The Sun wants to put naked women on page 3 of its newspaper. It’s a bit tacky but I never read it anyway and I don’t think there’s anything unpleasant or indecent about breasts. Maybe they could provide some balance by having a naked man one week and a naked woman the other?
What I do find irritating is the people who defend page 3 are quite often the same ones who object to women breastfeeding in public. I do feel very strongly that women should be free to breastfeed wherever they want. It’s indefensible to make a woman feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or indecent for feeding her baby. I get very worked up when I read comments from people objecting to this. But often these same people, who claim to be offended by an exposed nipple, will then champion the right of a newspaper to publish an exposed nipple. Am I the only one who sees the glaring inconsistency here? At least feminists have some reasoning behind their argument when they say page 3 objectifies women and they of course do advocate for the right of a mother to breastfeed her baby in public.
Although I have to say I don’t really understand the “objectification” argument. It doesn’t seem that way to me and it does feel a little like we want to deny that humans have sexual desires or deny that sex is a pervasive part of our existence, which it is. Perhaps the problem is just that it’s one-sided. Our society seems to think that men are the only ones with sexual desires and women are prim and proper creatures without these animal instincts. This is wrong of course but we’re a bit slow to acknowledge it as a society. Apparently in Japan female-friendly erotica is taking off.
So it seems to me that on one side we have a group of people who say a breastfeeding nipple is ok while a sexy nipple is not ok; and on the other side is a group who say a breastfeeding nipple is not ok, while a sexy nipple is ok. The function the breast is performing at the time seems to be important to both groups but I personally think it’s irrelevant. They’re both fine as far as I’m concerned but within reason of course. If we plastered nipples all over the place then they might lose some of their appeal and we wouldn’t want that.
On the theme of nudity, I also read that Instagram censored photographs of women in bathers because a bit of pubic hair was visible. How ridiculous! One of the most popular posts on my blog is one I published in 2013, Bushy beaver or prebuscent pube? My sentiments on the topic haven’t changed much since then. Most people find this old post of mine by searching Google. I can see the search engine terms they used to get to it and in the last seven days they were: hairy pubes, i have bushy pubes, bushy beaver, beavers shaved, bushy pubes female. What a strange species we are.