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94% think Clare Short would be wrong to ban topless models

Added: (Mon Jan 19 2004)

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MP Clare Short, who last week caused an uproar when she regurgitated her campaign to ban topless photographs in the press - branding it as "porn" - has been given the thumbs down by members of leading dating and friendship website www.makefriendsonline.com.

Overall, 94% of the 1,600 people who took part in the online survey said that topless photographs should not be banned, with 77% saying that glamour photos are "harmless fun to be enjoyed or ignored, but definitely not banned".

Just under 6% of those questioned agreed with Ms. Short, saying that they found the topless photographs "offensive".

The former cabinet minister - who tried in 1987 to outlaw glamour photographs in the press - was quoted as saying that the topless photographs "degrades women and our country".

Martin Bysh from www.makefriendsonline.com commented: ""Our research was carried out nationwide, with men and women from all age groups questioned. It seems that 94% of our respondents do not agree with Clare Short."

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CONTACT:

www.makefriendsonline.com (MFO)

Martin Bysh (MD) via email: martin@makefriendsonline.com OR

Marcus Hamilton (COO) via email: marcus@makefriendsonline.com

Telephone: 020 8539 2371


EDITORS’ NOTES:


The research questioned respondents across all age groups nationwide


MFO regularly conducts research among its subscribers and its findings are truly representative of topics of relationships and work/life balance in the UK


Further statistics taken from the survey are available from www.makefriendsonline.com



About Make Friends Online


Launched in April 2001, Make Friends Online now has 300,000+ members worldwide and has around 15 million page views per month, attracting users aged 18 upwards. Affectionately known as MFO to it's ever growing crowd of regulars who treat the site more like the local pub than an online dating agency, it has claimed thousands of friendships, relationships, engagements, marriages, and even MFO babies.


Benefits of the site include communal areas where members can chat in large groups: help and advice from resident Agony Aunt, Sophie; and "meets" arranged by members every week, right across the country. MFO has little to do with these "meets", but provides a safe forum for members to arrange the meets, and message boards for the post mortem gossip the morning after.

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