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Student Union bans lapdance advert
University of East Anglia
The advert offered students a free lapdance
A university student union has banned its own newspaper from being distributed because it contained a "sexist" advert for a lapdance club.

University of East Anglia student newspaper Concrete ran an advert for Norwich lapdance club The Devil's Advocate.

The advert featured a black-and-white photograph of a naked woman.

The advert, which ran in the paper's entertainments supplement, also had a voucher offering students a free lapdance at the club.

On Wednesday Student Union communications officer Ned Glasier said that officers immediately acted to stop the newspaper - funded by the union - getting to students.

'Going too far'

"We stopped it being distributed in the student union because we think the ad could be construed as being offensive to some of our members," he said.

"It was sexist, and the voucher was going too far.

"We felt it was necessary to take immediate measures, and on Thursday the union`s elected executive will decide whether they back the decision."

Mr Glasier added that he thought the University would also take a dim view of the advert.

'Quite tastefully done'

But Concrete editor Katie Hind said the advert would not bother students.

"It only showed a woman's back, and it's really quite tastefully done," she said.

"Anyone who gets offended by this is going to have trouble watching television.

"I know people who have been to the club and had a great time."

It is not the first time the newspaper has upset union officials.

It was previously withdrawn over articles on campus graffiti and an interview with local BNP members.


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