Because gawping at gorgeous girls doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
It’s not been a great year for The Sun newspaper.
First its sister paper the News of the World got shut down for phone hacking, then several of its own journalists were arrested for allegedly getting involved in similarly scurrilous behaviour and now a campaign to get the paper’s famous Page 3 stopped is making the headlines.
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years, Page 3 is where The Sun gifts its readers a half-naked young lady on a daily basis.
In more recent years the topless photo has been accompanied by the ‘News In Briefs’ column, in which the Page 3 girl gives her view on a topical news story of the day. Despite this attempt to give the models a voice, many people have long felt that Page 3 is a beacon for everything that is wrong with how society views and treats women.
The latest campaign to get Page 3 shut down has been spearheaded by Lucy Ann Holmes, whose online petition has gained widespread attention in the media and has even caused a row at government level after International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said Page 3 encouraged domestic violence.
Here at Global Cool we reckon we’ve found a compromise. Last year we ran a regular feature called Babes On Bikes, in which scantily-clad women were used to encourage you to ditch the car and ride a bike instead.
Presumably The Sun prints pictures of half-naked women because it helps them to sell newspapers. We used photos of girls in bikinis for similar reasons – to help us sell green living.
Inevitably, just as with The Sun, some people took offence. However, we think our girls were morally superior for three reasons:
1. They had their tops on
2. They were riding bikes, and therefore helping to glamorise an activity that, ultimately, will help us all to breathe and continue having arguments with each other about where the lines of decency should be drawn
3. We balanced it out with some scantily-clad men, too
So, we urge The Sun to ditch the topless babes and switch to Babes On Bikes instead. Not only will it mean they can carry on printing photos of good looking girls, it will also mean that – for once – they can take the moral high ground for helping to save the planet.
Here’s what it could look like…
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…