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Naked art cover up; uni bosses slammed for 'censoring' feminist group's art.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON Reporter name.surname@trinitymirror.com @bylinetwitter

FEMINISTS have slammed Newcastle University for 'censoring' art being sold to help refugees - because it showed nude women.

University staff removed the art - which included a piece of a woman showing her vagina - because children as young as 12 were visiting.

School classes were visiting the university's Robinson Library on Wednesday when bosses spotted the images they didn't feel were "appropriate".

The university's Feminist Society was displaying it a feminist art market to raise money for the West End Refugee Service.

However it has slammed staff which it claims described the images as "shocking".

"The depictions are not graphic images and are rather interpretations of the female form," said the society in a Facebook post.

I was furious disappointed. aspect female offensive? "This is the problem when we view a woman's body as being inherently sexual.

Louise "The images were not sexual in any way."

However staff covered up the art by Louise Brown, who produces work under the alias goodstrangevibes and regularly included nude women in her work.

She said: "I was furious and disappointed. What aspect of the female body is offensive? "Why in what we assume to be a progressive institution, such as a university, are we still battling with the discourse that women's bodies are inherently sexual, or offensive to the eye? Art which Feminist "My art is directly made to counter sexist attitudes towards women and their bodies. Female bodies are not inherently sexual. Women's bodies are not offensive.

and What of the body is "While attempting to minimise offence, the censorship of my art and the female form only works to perpetuate the patriarchy."

Brown " A Newcastle University spokesperson said: "We encourage a range of artwork on campus and are committed to creating spaces for art and performance tha celebrates diversity.

"Unfortunately, on this occasion we were approached by FemSoc at the last minute asking for help in providing a space in the Robinson Library for their stall as the strong winds meant they could not display in the open air outside the Students' Union.

"It was only after they set up we decided it was not appropriate as a group of eight and nine-year-old school children were visiting the library.

"With more time and discussion in advance we could have happily accommodated them."

described the images as "depictions are not and are interpretations of form," said in a the we being sexual. images sexual in staff covered Louise Brown, work under the alias offensive to the eye? "My art is directly made counter sexist towards women their bodies. bodies are not sexual. Women's are not "While to minimise the censorship art and form only perpetuate A Newcastle spokesperson encourage a range of campus and are committed I was furious and disappointed. What aspect of the female body is offensive? Louise Brown

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Date:Mar 15, 2019
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