SHOULD boobs be banned? That’s the debate that’s broken out following ex-MP Evan Harris’ calls to “tackle the projection of women as sex objects”.
Speaking at last week’s Liberal Democrat party conference in Birmingham he put forward the proposal to restrict photos of topless women in tabloids and lads mags to the same rules that apply to pre-watershed TV.
It means that shopkeepers would not be able to sell papers, such as The Sun, before 9pm and that such publications would be put on higher shelves, out of the reach of young people.
Though some have supported his suggestion, others, including a women’s think-tank, have branded the idea “potty”.
Model Danny May, of High Barnes, has spoken out to support her Page Three sisters.
The 30-year-old made headlines when she became a Page Three girl at the age of 16 and says it helped her to further her modelling career.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” she said. “The Sun is a newspaper that sells news, it’s not all about Page Three. Not every page in it has a glamour model on it, and if people are offended by that they don’t have to buy the newspaper.
“Page Three is a tradition and it’s not like it’s being shoved in people’s faces. The girls wouldn’t be doing those photo shoots if they were being exploited.”
Danny appeared on The Sun’s famous Page Three and has also worked for lads magazines. Today, she juggles being a mum to Brandon, six, with work and the odd modelling assignment for businesses such as the Ramsay & Johnson salon, on Blandford Street.
She said: “I did shoots for The Sun two or three times, but it’s the jobs I got because of that where I made money. On the back of that I got a job with the National Lottery as a promotions girl and danced with Robbie Williams on stage.
“At the age of 18 and 19 I was living in London with opportunities I would never have had were it not for Page Three. It’s a great stepping stone for a career in modelling.”
And Danny points out that P3 girls are a healthier role model than super-slim fashion models.
“Page Three models are not stick thin,” she explained. “They are usually curvy, pretty girls who couldn’t get on the catwalk because they were told they were too fat. They are normal girls.”