For 44 years, The Sun newspaper has printed a topless page 3 girl; her smiley friendly face has cheered up many a worker on their lunch break, entertaining them with her outstanding pert take on current affairs. However, the last two days has supposedly seen a turnaround in the fortunes of the page 3 career girl with The Sun failing to print it and its sister paper The Times declaring the tabloid would no longer feature Page 3 girls.

On Channel 4 yesterday Jon Snow interviewed page 3 girl Chloe Goodman, Feminist Germaine Greer and Harriet Harman MP. It was a wonderfully debated piece with Harriet Harman only managing to convince that the main reason it should be banned now was because it is outdated and in 100 years time would give a misleading view of how our society saw women. To which Miss Goodman counteracted this view by rightly stating that society’s history is one of the nude; that statues of nakedness have always appeared as a celebration of the human form. Rather contrary to how Snow expected the feminist Greer to answer she said ‘page 3 cheers up her odd job man’.

With some glee in their tone The Sun returned today with a page 3 girl winking away with the caption below reading “further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth.

“We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”

And the sister paper, The Times cheekily replies that the Sun had “made a clean breast of it and admitted there’s still some nudes to report”.

It appears to be an excellent PR stunt by the media giant and one that has generated fantastic topical discussions about whether this should be included in the press. Rightly pointed out during the Channel 4 news discussion was the fact that dominant stories in broadsheet papers are still of men and not women. However, this is not page 3’s fault. For surely an equal and fair society would show the same emphasis of powerful women to men in media; as well as a woman choosing to pose topless. A power play of the female form.

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