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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:32 PM

Women's groups condemn use of 'harmful' stereotypes in media


Women's rights groups have called for more balanced reporting of violence against women and "consistent regulation" of the print media,

Giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry representatives of the groups also highlighted the use of "sexualised and degrading" imagery in the press.

Representatives of Equality Now, End Violence against Women, Object and Eaves Housing for Women appeared before the inquiry today, calling for issues relating to the portrayal of women as sexual objects as well as the language used to report violence against women to be addressed.

Examples such as the "page three girl" were used by the witnesses to demonstrate the "sexualisation" of women in the press. Anna Van Heeswijk of Object told the inquiry the page three feature works to present women as "existing for the sole purpose for being sex objects essentially".


It will be interesting to see where this leads.

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