Rupert Murdoch, Kim Kardashian, and the New Politics of Nude

The hiatus in the tabloid king's page 3 pinups may mean that objectification is out of fashion—but self-objectification is a different matter.

TV personality Kim Kardashian attends Rihanna's First Annual Diamond Ball at The Vineyard on December 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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On Monday, Page 3 of the Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper, bore breasts not bare, but covered in skimpy lingerie. Tuesday brought actresses on a beach, wearing swimsuits. The tabloid had published a daily topless photo since 1970, just months after Rupert Murdoch purchased the Sun and promised the former owners that he would print a “straightforward, honest newspaper.” Last September, Murdoch tweeted that he considered the Page 3 feature “old-fashioned." The octogenarian mogul is right: there’s something decidedly retrograde in Page 3’s brand of soft-core porn. This week, at last, the Sun made way for tops.

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