The idea for the Alternative Page 3 was in response to the UK based paper ‘The Sun’ where for around 4 decades they’ve featured topless women on page 3. While I have nothing against models posing topless / naked I find it madness that a so called family newspaper continues to put semi naked women in their newspaper. Newspapers are supposed to be for news not boobs.
What I felt that needed addressing that children could easily pick up the newspaper and see these topless / naked images of women. How are parents supposed to protect their children from soft porn when it is so readily available in what is Britain’s number one selling newspaper?
For many years I’ve campaigned against the Sun for what it did to the Miners, the Dockers, Greenham Common women, the Liverpool fans and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transexual communities amongst others.
I fully supported Clare Short for making her stance against page three. What a woman Clare Short is! Despite all the abuse and threats she carried on making her stand not just on the page three issue but many more issues too! Everyone should applaud Clare Short on her position. One of the few MP’s with integrity to ever enter parliament.
Going back to the point about children I happened to be in WHSmith In the Summer of 2014 where a young child started running about with the Sun newspaper open on page three. Not only that he was shouting ‘boobies’ much to the embarrassment of his mum who felt like she just wanted to be swallowed up!
I felt for the woman and went away and did some thinking. I had heard about the No More Page Three campaign which was founded in August 2012 by actress and writer Lucy-Anne Holmes. Late September I joined up with the NMP3 campaign, signed the petition, read what women in including feminists had to say and have been pretty much into it ever since.
Over Christmas 2014 I started to think more about the NMP3 campaign. I wanted to do something which would have an important message as well as having a bit of fun too! Being as I’m gender neutral and wear what society calls women’s clothing I decided to do an Alternative Page Three photo shoot and put forward the images to the Sun as an alternative to the page three boobs.
Trying to find a photographer was the hardest part. None of my friends could aim straight with a camera to save their lives. In late January I put an advert out on Purple Port for a photographer. A local lad to me Alex Ford stepped up to the mark! A date was arranged!
On Tuesday 3rd February 2015 I met up with Alex Ford in Shrewsbury and the location of the shoot was to be Shrewsbury Castle for sure!
What a cold day it was too. -2c on the day so I was led to believe.
The first photos taken were of me fully dressed. I was feeling the effects of the cold even then!
I was like O.M.G. when standing their being photographed in the top part of the castle! Oh the cold!
As part of the alternative shoot I was to strip down as a page three model would! Before I had second thoughts I slipped out my jacket, hoody and dress leaving me in just a pair of panties, stockings and some boots! Here’s three images from the shoot!
For 20 minutes I posed like that and I felt every second of the cold. I could feel myself going into shock but hey it was for the NMP3 cause so I dutifully carried on even when a couple came up to take photos of the scenery.
I didn’t think I could get any colder until I went to a discrete place to change my panties. I was basically naked anyway but removing those pants made me even colder! I quickly put on layers of clothing!
We took a few more around the outside of the castle!
Shortly after the shoot came to an end. I had to warm up somewhere!
It was certainly worth doing the shoot on a number of levels. Sadly the Sun nor the Daily Star have accepted my offer to be featured as a model on their page three’s. I did ask for any payment to be donated to the page three campaign! Alas no reply!
Despite having a laugh doing the shoot has made me even more committed that soft porn should be removed from certain tabloids simply because it’s not just about children seeing bare breasts. It’s also about adults being uncomfortable with seeing bare breasts be it on public transport or at work. Myself I hate to see men drooling over page three at work. I throw the papers in the recycling bin!
Aside from the cold the only downside to the shoot was being a man groped me at the cash point machine. You can read more about that on this BLOG
Thanks to Alex Ford Photography for the awesome photo’s. Much love and respect to everyone involved with the No More Page Three Campaign – Check them out on the link. Finally many thanks to everyone who reads the new blogs and have made some kind comments. Thank you all!
Photo Credits: All photo’s by Alex Ford Photography except the Clare Short photo (Photographer Unknown)