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Apology proves it's a man's world

I think there's something sad about newsreader Eileen Dunne having to apologise on behalf of RTE for the light-hearted article aired on Monday's news about the semi-naked, non-sexual, mildly satirical paintings of Brian Cowen.

Two Fianna Fail TDs, Mary O'Rourke and Michael Kennedy, both spoke about the paintings in public: Ms O'Rourke saying they bordered on the obscene and Mr Kennedy worried at the effect on Cowen's wife, daughters, mother and mother-in-law.

This is definitely no country for women.

I can walk into any newsagent the length and breadth of this country and be faced with truly obscene images of women on the front covers of several daily newspapers and further pornographic images on the covers of countless magazines.

I can take children, my mother, mother-in-law and granny in, and they will all be confronted with the same things.

But I have never heard any Fianna Fail TD saying they are worried about the effects of these images on the female population or Mary O'Rourke calling them obscene, which is what they are.

Watching Eileen Dunne, a female newsreader, having to apologise for a tongue-in-cheek article about the humorous paintings and for the offence it may have caused to Cowen and his family made me cry.

It's a man's world.

When will women get an apology for being treated as sex objects in the media on a regular basis?

Jacqueline Cotter
Skibbereen, co Cork

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