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Of course. I guess firstly I would say that it's a shame that the editors of these newspapers were not questioned on these issues when they were in front of you, but I think it is very crucial that this issue is re-addressed in module 3, and this is one of the reasons why, because essentially these newspapers credit created a culture of fear which silences groups, politicians, anybody much from speaking out against their persistent portrayal of women as sex objects against Page 3, and one of the ways that they most sort of famously did that is through the real vilification and targeting of Clare Short, who instigated a campaign against Page 3 in the 1980s.

What we see a an example from the Sun newspaper that actually perhaps the second example, which is 11B is more illustrative, because it is a photograph of the page within the Sun. What we have here is Clare Short's face was superimposed onto a Page 3 model and the headline is:

"Fat, jealous Clare brands Page 3 porn."

They likened Clare Short to the "back of a bus" and they told jokes about that -- well, jokes in inverted commas, that making her into a Page 3 girl would be a "mission impossible". Clearly, the sort of -- the -- if it wasn't the purpose, the effect has been to essentially close down free speech in relation to groups and individuals feeling free to speak out and make a critique against these newspapers.

As my colleague spoke about the often abusive comments that bloggers receive when they speak about issues relating to women's equality, which is clearly part of this wider culture that needs challenging, and these individual bloggers, here we're speaking about a national newspaper making similar comments about a politician, a democratically elected politician who took this campaign on because of the concerns of her constituents. I think this is very, very concerning, alarming. It's something that continues, so Harriet Harman, for example, has been vilified for the position that she has taken on Page 3, and then more recently Dr Even Harris, who actually put forward a motion at the Liberal Democrat conference, which was accepted, which essentially is supportive of the recommendations within this submission, again was deemed villain of the week within the Sun.

So this is clearly a sort of bullying tactic and I think considering the fact that the editors themselves were not questioned on these issues, I think it's really essential that politicians have an opportunity to speak about the experiences that they've had when they have spoken up against the Page 3 phenomenon.

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