Lynne Featherstone, Britain's Liberal Democrat politician has said that topless pictures in tabloid newspapers should be banned because they fuel domestic violence.
The 60-year-old, who is the party's most senior female MP in government, is backing a ban on Page 3 claiming it has it had a 'deleterious effect' on women.
AdvertisementShe conceded that even though she would be dismissed as 'sour-faced', the newspaper feature could not be justified as 'harmless' fun.
But she said the sight of topless models in newspapers was part of a culture of the sexualisation of women which influences public attitudes and domestic abuse.
"There is a real argument about what is OK in the public space," the Daily Mail quoted her as telling the Independent.
"If you are on the Tube you may find Page 3 is facing you and your young daughter and you may not want that to be a role model for her.
"There is an army on the other side hurtling abuse. It's not simply about equal pay. It's about the constant drip, drip of women being sexualised in the public space [which] has a great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence.
"When you know that one in four women experience domestic violence in their life, two women are killed each week by their partner or husband, there is a very long way to go.
"While a lot of blokes say 'You are mean, sour-faced, whatever - it's harmless', actually it's not harmless at all," she added.