The appreciation of beauty of the naked female breast has been extant since the celebration of culture in early Greek civilisation before Christ. The marble statue of Venus de Milo, believed to be created 100-130 BC, is testament to the aesthetic appeal of the naked female form; beautiful in its simplicity and style.
Stephen Bayley’s article is more a victory for the Philistines, where both sanctimonious men and women decry the delight of nudity as if it reflected lascivious and libidinous malcontent passions within us.
Certainly, The Sun’s motives for publishing these photos are questionable; but having lived and worked in Britain for seven years during the 1970s, I would look at these girls with admiration and appreciation. Similarly, when I perused Playboy magazine.
Sadly, women have been, and are still, objectified in their sexuality, but sexual repression is sadly too still alive around the world. It is not the photographs on display that are at fault, but our social milieu that denies artistic creativity in celebrating the beauty of the naked female form.