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Mother defeats Boots over sexualised makeup as stores withdraw eyeshadow from sale

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Carer Ms Fitzsimons, who also has a 19-year-old daughter Rose, questioned the brand’s motive, and said: “I think they’re trying to copy other brands that also give their products grim names but these are more expensive so are more likely to be bought by adults.”It’s completely unnecessary. It’s gratuitous and crude. I think they did it for the shock value.”I thought ‘foreplay. What on earth?’. I said to my friend half in jest can you imagine a couple of 13-year-olds saying, ‘I’m wearing foreplay with a touch of home wrecker today?’. “It’s over-sexualising children and is completely demeaning. It’s makeup and it’s there to make you feel better about yourself but it’s like it’s saying you should be proud to be a homewrecker or a dealer.”It sends out the wrong message and it normalises these words for teens. It’s provocative for the sake of being provocative.”I think I was shocked that they came from Boots because you think of them as a quality retailer and a name you can trust.”A spokeswoman for Obsession issued a comment through Boots, confirming that the product will be removed from stores and online “with immediate effect”. The Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup that Angela Fitzsimons bought from BootCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn’t specifically marketed at themCredit:Mercury Press and Media “At that price you will get children aged 12, 13, and 14 buying it. Even if they don’t buy it they will be seeing these words.” A mother-of-two has claimed victory over Boots after the pharmacy withdrew what she claimed was “sexualised” make-up.Angela Fitzsimons, 46, was left outraged when her 17-year-old daughter Grace came home with Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup palette – which included colour shades such as “milf”, “foreplay” and “sugar daddy”.The teenager picked up the selection of eyeshadows from Boots’ Loughborough branch last week, and her mother branded the wording “unnecessary and crude”. Now the beauty retailer has admitted it got it wrong and promised to remove the product – which is also sold on the Revolution makeup website. Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn’t specifically marketed at them.The eyeshadow names also include housewife, safeword, chauvinist, dealer, wasted, vape, blackmail and full package.Ms Fitzsimons, of Shepshed, Leicestershire, said: “Grace had been out with her friends and she brought home this palette which she bought with some birthday vouchers.”She said they were nice colours but the names were gross. I looked closer and saw they were called things like milf, homewrecker and dealer. It was pretty rank.”I complained to Boots and they replied that it was not marketed at children but I don’t think that makes a difference. Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn't specifically marketed at them She said: “Obsession is a new brand. While we were experimenting with our personality, we know we haven’t always got things quite right and some of our shade names need work. “This is something we’re addressing and fixing as a priority as new products launch and we will not repeat these shades names, or genre of shade names, in future.”However, we also want to act now. We are committed to listening to our customers and reacting to feedback at speed.”This complaint has made us accelerate our plan and we will remove this product, Obsessive Eyes, from stores and online with immediate effect.” The Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup that Angela Fitzsimons bought from Boot read more

Extract I watched my father walk free from court after confessing to

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first_imgDublin woman Fiona Doyle suffered through her childhood and teenage years at the hands of her own father, Patrick O’Brien, who repeatedly sexually abused her. Her mother, who knew what was happening, did nothing to help her. After many years of inner struggle, Fiona spoke out about the abuse and pursued her father through the courts. Last year, after a long and harrowing trial, O’Brien was found guilty of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against his daughter.However, in a verdict that shocked Ireland, the  judge suspended nine years of O’Brien’s 12-year sentence and initially released him on bail .In this extract from her book, Too Many Tears, published by Penguin, Fiona writes about the moment she watched her abuser walk free from court. JUDGE CARNEY SAID: ‘If I impose a serious custodial sentence and suspend it, it will go out in soundbites, as these things do, that in one of the most serious cases of serial rape of a daughter, the man walked. That is all the community will be told.’‘On the other side if I impose a heavy sentence unsuspended I will be branded as a trial judge who substituted one injustice for another. I am trying to strike a balance.’Mr Justice Carney then spoke about another judgement, the Kennedy case, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal suspended a moderate sentence imposed on the grounds of the health of the defendant. He said he was ‘horrified’ in that judgement to find the DPP, ‘behind my back, saying it’s “a matter of indifference” whether that accused served a prison sentence or not’.I don’t really understand what point the judge is making. The last part of what he’s said has gone over my head. Still though, I feel that he’s getting close to announcing his decision. I’m conscious of my body stiffening. Anxiety begins to gnaw at me. It feels like everything has slowed down. He is still speaking. I realise, to my horror, that he’s praising my dad.He’s talking about his remorse, his good character, his early guilty plea. What remorse? My father has never expressed remorse to me. He mentions my father’s history of employment. Then he notes the length of time since the offences. So that makes it alright then? That he hasn’t offended since he abused me? Didn’t he hear my Victim Impact Statement?“He’s going to get away with it”I feel my body shake. I’m going to lose control. Oh God. I turn to my husband Jim, bury my head in his shoulder. ‘He’s going to get away with it,’ I whisper to him. ‘This has all been for nothing.’ Judge Carney continues, saying he is sentencing my father to twelve years with nine of those years suspended. My brain is trying to catch up. What? Twelve years? Nine suspended? So three years?Three years. He then directs my father’s solicitor to apply for bail, pending an appeal. What? What’s he saying? What does he mean? Bail? He’s walking free?Oh God, he’s not going to walk free, is he?I started to cry. I could feel my shoulders moving. My whole body was racked by sobs. I tried to stop but it only made it worse. I could feel people’s arms around me. Jim tried to move me, tried to get me to stand up. I raised my head and became aware that the next case was starting. I couldn’t really see through my tears. I was embarrassed to be crying like that in public. Jim took my arm and led me outside.The DPP’s counsel, Monika Leech, stopped me. She took me through a door, into a room. She explained what had happened. I didn’t want to know. I wanted to go to my kids, to be with them. She had tears in her eyes. So did Garda Phelan. Jim was crying too.I just wanted to get out, to flee the court.I was still crying myself. There was a glass panel in the door and I kept looking out, at my family gathered outside. I wasn’t listening to what Monika Leech was saying at all. I said to her, ‘Just let me out to my kids.’ She knew I wasn’t taking in what she was saying to me so she opened the door and I went out to Paddy and Kristel and Laura. Laura was crying too. I looked around. Everyone was crying. I didn’t know which way to turn or who to go to. I hugged my kids, then Laura. Then Richard hugged me. I said to him again that it had all been for nothing.I was conscious then of my father walking out of the courtroom. We all turned to look at him. He didn’t look at us. He walked away in the opposite direction. I just wanted to get out, to flee the court. I started to walk towards the stairs. I’d been told that Christine and Richard had decided they’d walk out of court with me in a gesture of solidarity. I had already asked Jim and Paddy to leave with me, walking shoulder to shoulder, to give me strength, and that’s what they did.I’d prepared a statement as I knew the media would be waiting outside, given the attention the case had got in the press the week before. But it was no good now. I didn’t have one for my father walking free from court. It wasn’t supposed to be like that.We were surrounded by reporters, television and press cameras. I tried to stop crying, I felt so exposed, them taking pictures of me in tears.I was asked how I was feeling. ‘Devastated,’ I said. ‘Not a day, not a day behind bars.’ I can’t remember what else I said, I was in shock. I had such a feeling of being exposed, I felt like the cameras could see inside me. I just wanted to get out of there. I wanted to stop them looking inside me.Too Many Tears by Fiona Doyle is published by Penguin at €14.99 and out now (also on Kindle).last_img read more