Should the Sun Ditch Its Page 3 Girls?

By Sam Gibbs on at

The Irish edition of the Sun has dropped topless girls from its 3rd page, citing "cultural differences". The strange thing is the paper isn't dumping the ladies entirely; it's just getting them to cover-up a bit more. Well, cover up their nipples at least. But really, isn't it time to ditch basically-naked ladies from our newspapers?

The Irish Sun's stance is that no nipple should be shown, which means bikinis, cleverly placed arms, and digital removal prior to publishing. Honestly, I don't see why they just don't remove the girls entirely if they're going that far.

Is it time the Sun grew up and ejected the glamour shots? I know it's an institution, but isn't it a tad embarrassing in this day and age? What's your view? [The Guardian]