Since it started in 1970, the Sun’s page 3 feature – a photo of a topless woman – has become both a British institution and a lightning rod for debates about the objectification of women. Campaigners have argued for it to be scrapped, while others have defended it on the grounds of press freedom. So is it a genuine problem, or just harmless fun? And what does it say about sexism in the press more broadly?
In this event held at London’s Southbank Centre, Women in Journalism partnered with the Women of the World Festival 2014 to address the issue. The panel debate was opened by our chair, Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times. Speakers included journalist India Knight, ex-Loaded editor Martin Daubney, model and business woman Katie Price and Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism.