Liberal Democrats welcome The Sun's Page 3 decision

January 20, 2015 1:32 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats are delighted that The Sun newspaper will no longer feature topless models on Page 3.

The decision to scrap the old fashioned sexism of Page 3 is long overdue and signals a change in how women are presented in the media.

Liberal Democrats have heralded the Sun's new approach as a step in the right direction in ending the objectification of women.

Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said:

"I welcome this apparent step forward from the Sun, but I would encourage its editors to consider whether parading women in bikinis is really a modern reflection of the contribution women make to society.

"We need to ensure that media representation of women reflects the great achievements that women make to business, to families and to society. I'd like to see us providing positive role models for young girls instead of suggesting that women's contribution is in how they look."

Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone paid tribute to the No More Page 3 activists and said:

"Congratulations to all the campaigners that have made this happen. Good riddance to topless photos on page 3. But I'm far from overwhelmed by the replacement.

"This is one step in the right direction but we still need to do more to stop objectifying women."