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MP Gloria de Piero; the National Sperm Bank; 'normcore'

September 23rd, 2014

Episode 3 of 985 episodes

MP Gloria de Piero, Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities, live from the Labour Party Conference. The first National Sperm Bank - how will it address the UK sperm shortage? Laura Witjens, Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust explains. Plus, Japan has become the last industrialised country to ban possession of child pornography, but why are manga comics and animation exempt? Professor Sawa Omori of Tokyo's International Christian University, and Dr Sharon Kinsella of Manchester University discuss the law, Japan's attitude to children as sexual objects, and the cult of the "sexy schoolgirl". Plus 'normcore' – how dressing normally has become the height of fashion. Journalist Lauren Cochrane and Josephine Collins of the London College of Fashion dissect this latest fashion trend. And Scotland's first female MP - Katharine Murray, or the Red Duchess - elected to parliament in 1923.

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