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SEX AND THE WESTWOODS: Erotic photographer Ben Westwood clearly did his rabble-rousing mother proud on Tuesday when he led a chain gang of bound-and-gagged models in fetish clothing to London’s House of Commons. Dame Vivienne Westwood’s son (with ex-husband Derek Westwood) was protesting a government bill that would render his work illegal as of Jan. 1. The British government is taking a tougher line on extreme pornography, which will be outlawed when the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2008 comes into force. As of Jan. 1, anyone caught in possession of Westwood’s book of sadomasochistic photographs of women, “F**k Fashion: The Erotic Photography of Ben Westwood” (Erotic Print Society, 2005), could potentially face a three-year jail term. “The government gets away with murder when it comes to legislating about our sexual behavior,” said Westwood, “because we are a straitlaced nation, and far too many of us are embarrassed about talking about sex.”

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