News just in, Boobs encourage violence. Which, is among various things, interesting. At least it is if you're Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone, who seems to have become convinced that the existence of page 3 encourages abuse against women.
Now, I don't want to alarm anyone, least of all the random family members I have who are likely to pass by these digital diatribes, but over the years I've seen a few boobs. 5 of them to be precise. In amongst those long faded memories of fumbling with buttons, getting flicked in the eye by an errant strap, and the inevitable nervous minutes spent in the Psychologists waiting room afterwards, one resounding memory survives; not once did any of these 4 women find themselves on the wrong end of a beating as a result.
I guess I must be odd.
Maybe I didn't spend enough time sneaking a look at page 3 when I was a teenager. Or rummaging around in the woods looking for the legendary porn stash that, for some inexplicable reason, always gets left there. Maybe my mind wasn't warped at a young age to believe that anyone with a slightly different arrangement of chromosomes to myself was fair game for a spot of in-house boxing. Maybe I am an exception to all the evidence that Lynne Featherstone has amassed to validate her opinion. Or maybe, just maybe, it's a little simpler than that, and I'm just not a complete Cock? I mean, it's got to be possible right?
So, let's look at this from the other side. How about Ms Featherstone spend a couple of minutes thinking about at what point it became her business to dictate what someone can choose to do with their own body in front of a camera? And how about she should spend a little more of her career as an MP looking at ways in which society can actually address the issue of domestic abuse, rather than wasting everyone's money with a crock of headline grabbing drivel.
Who works for who here?