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Is 'raunch culture' damaging to young girls?

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"Raunch culture" has set back women in Western societies more than 50 years, says a visiting Australian feminist.

Melinda Tankard Reist, a founder of a group called Collective Shout, which names and shames companies using sexual images of girls, says we are raising children in a "pornographic landscape".

"[Women's] liberation has now come to be seen as the ability to wrap your legs around a pole, or flash your breasts in public, or send a sexual image of yourself to your boyfriend so he can pass it around his mates. Girls think that empowerment lies in their ability to be hot and sexy."

"Raunch culture has taken us back. It's an absolute tragedy. These were issues being raised by feminists in the 1950s and 60s."

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