A group of British Catholic women have vowed to fight a landmark High Court ruling which allows hard-core pornography to be sold in the country.
    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) last week issued new guidelines following a judicial review in the High Court in May. The guidelines will allow close-up shots of explicit sexual acts to be given an R18 certificate-- the rating awarded to films sold in Britain's 70 or so licensed sex shops.
    But the National Board of Catholic Women-- which represents more than 30 Catholic women's groups-- said Friday it would object to the move which was not responding to growing public dissatisfaction over plummeting standards of taste and decency.
    Development officer Angela Perkins told The Catholic Herald: "One of the major topics concerning us and many other women's groups, religious and secular, is the media representation of everything sexual from early morning to evening."
    She continued: "It's constantly in your face and it's presenting values that do not actually reflect real life. Moreover it does not accord with the Government's alleged concern with the teenage pregnancy rate in this country."
31 July 00

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