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After Leveson: why third party complaints are so important for women

7 March 2013 3:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Today's extract from the book After Leveson* is by Deirdre O'Neill, a lecturer in journalism at Leeds Trinity university, who argues that Lord Justice Leveson failed to probe deeply enough into the portrayal of women in national newspapers.

Previously a journalist on magazines, she has published research on news values in the national press and is currently working on research into women and sports coverage.

The Leveson inquiry took evidence from representatives of women's groups and the report acknowledges that sexist objectification of women extends beyond Page 3-type photos, influencing the way that other women are portrayed.

On the one hand, idealised and unattainable airbrushed versions of womanhood are promoted in celebrity stories, presenting artifice, in the form of silicone breasts and hair extensions, as normality.

On the other hand, there is critical focus on women's appearance and behaviour that implicitly and explicitly reinforces narrow, stereotyped definitions of acceptable femininity. »

- Roy Greenslade

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