‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Ripped for Sexual Exploitation
By Paul Bedard on January 21, 2015
The annual “Dirty Dozen” list of sexual exploiters, which typically highlights companies that use soft porn to sell goods and popular websites that offer sex, has declared the Department of Justice a top offender.
National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Morality in Media (MIM) said Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ is not enforcing existing federal obscenity laws and essentially helping pornographers do their dirty work.
“The Dirty Dozen List has led to sweeping policy changes for past targets, including Google, Verizon, and Department of Defense,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and MIM.
In pointing to Justice, she said, “Hardcore pornography is fueling the demand for trafficked women and children and for child sexual abuse. To not uphold federal obscenity laws is to ignore what has now become a public health crisis in our nation.”
Others on the list include Facebook and YouTube.
The full, updated list includes:
U.S. Department of Justice – The DOJ refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against pornography despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by U.S. Courts and previously enforced. Pornography is a public health crisis and DOJ must not be on the side of pornographers.
Verizon – Verizon profits from sexual exploitation by pushing it into homes through multiple ways, including pay-per-view movies on their FIOS TV, as an Internet Service Provider and as a wireless carrier. They’ve even defended child themed porn as a benefit to their consumers. It’s time Verizon had a change in policy.
Fifty Shades of Grey – This bestselling series and film glamorize and legitimate violence against women through sexual violence, abuse of power, female inequality, and coercion. Help us inform mainstream pop culture and news outlets that are promoting the material and the abusive lifestyle it promotes.
Backpage.com – Backpage.com is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising, generating nearly 80 percent of all the online prostitution advertising revenue. Law enforcement officials say trafficked children and women are sold on Backpage daily and the site is even actively opposing laws that make it a felony to advertise sexual services of children.
Hilton Hotels – This top hotel chain provides hardcore pornography movie choices with themes that include: children, incest, rape, sexual slavery, and extreme violence. Other popular hotels, such as Marriott and Omni, refuse to profit from this exploitation.
American Library Association – For years, ALA has encouraged public libraries to keep all computers unfiltered and to allow patrons, including children, access to pornography. As a result, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exhibitionism, stalking and other lewd behavior takes place in libraries across the country.
American Apparel – American Apparel’s advertising strategy is to normalize the objectification of women. To sell products, the company regularly features nude or provocatively posed young girls with an emphasis on women’s breasts and buttocks.
Sex Week – University campuses are overwhelmed with reports of sexual violence, yet many of these schools welcome so-called “sex week” celebrations where pornography, violent sexual practices and the hook-up culture are promoted as harmless fun.
Facebook – In recent years, Facebook has taken measures to curb exploitation, but they have a long way to go as the world’s most popular social networking site. It has become a top place to trade pornography and child pornography, as well as a place of prostitution and sex trafficking.
CKE Restaurants – Owner of over 3,300 Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations, CKE Restaurants utilizes sexual suggestions and explicit images of the female body in commercials and print ads to sell hamburgers.
YouTube – Google has worked to curb exploitation in other tools they offer yet they still allow hundreds of hours of porn videos to be uploaded to YouTube each day. Google does little to enforce their policies prohibiting such content and the SafeSearch feature is far from reliable.
Cosmopolitan Magazine – The staple of the supermarket checkout line is a porn magazine. Cosmo glamorizes things like public, anal or violent sex in nearly all of their issues. It’s time that Cosmo be sold to adults only and have the cover wrapped like all other porn mags in retail shops.
Learn more about these offenders HERE
November 7, 2014
Anti-Porn Group: Cancel College Sex Ed Events Because They Are ‘The Root’ of Campus Rape (The Raw Story)
By David Edwards on 06 Nov 2014
The Raw Story
A group dedicated to opposing pornography this week encouraged like-minded people to file complaints against Harvard University’s “Sex Week” on the grounds that it was encouraging rape.
In a statement released earlier this week, the group Morality in Media accused Harvard of “promoting sexual violence while pretending to teach proper sex.”
Harvard’s annual Sex Week may have received more attention this year thanks to a workshop titled “What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101.”
Sex week also offers workshops on safe sex, virginity and fetishes. According to organizers, the event’s goal is to “promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality.” It is sponsored by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, the Harvard College Women’s Center, and the Center for Wellness.
But Morality in Media Executive Director Dawn Hawkins insisted Sex Week events at all schools should be cancelled because the workshops would lead to more sexual assaults.
“Harvard is clearly not serious about stopping rape and sexual harassment on their campus if they are promoting an environment where porn, torture sex and risky behaviors are encouraged,” she said a statement on Monday.
“Harvard’s sex week encourages students to participate in acts that resemble or include sexual violence,” Hawkins added in an interview with the Christian Post on Wednesday. “Research has shown these sex acts very often employ coercion to gain the participation of one partner.”
“Normalizing such actions has a profound effect on the participants, and society in general, by excusing sexual violence as ‘kink’ rather than seeking for healthy intimate relationships,” she insisted. “We encourage parents and students at Harvard and other universities hosting similar sex weeks to file complaints about inappropriate events; contact university officials and administrators directly to voice their concerns; and organize events on campus that teach the truths about pornography, sexual violence and healthy intimacy.”
Sex Week organizer Kirin Gupta pointed out that the event has always emphasized consent.
“Each of our events explicitly addresses consent; we work with deeply feminist politics,” she said. “And we always work with our feminist organization and the organizations that deal with sexual assault on our campus to hold several events that clearly deal exclusively with consent and anti-violence action and education.”
Eric Holder, Department of Justice Top ‘Dirty Dozen’ for Contributions to Sexual Exploitation
National Center on Sexual Exploitation says Holder did not enforce preexisting laws to protect against exploitation
By Rosemary Ferrera on January 21, 2015
The Washington Free Beacon
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation released its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2015 Wednesday.
Businesses and organizations that made the list are targeted for their contributions to sexual exploitation in the United States.
The list includes a diverse selection of groups such as American Apparel, the American Library Association, Hilton Hotels, and BackPage.com, which is one of the top places to buy and sell children and women in the world.
Among the 12 was the Department of Justice, and for the past two years, specifically, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder for not enforcing federal obscenity laws. The laws, which were enforced in previous administrations and upheld by U.S courts, prohibit the distribution of obscene adult pornography in hotels, retail stores, by cable, and on the Internet.
Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the center, said that they are lucky to have a new attorney general coming into office whom they hope will prioritize this issue. The DOJ has not initiated a single new case against commercial distributors that have violated the law in the last six years. With the White House’s recent campaign launch against sexual assault, NotAlone.com, it has not done much under the law to protect sexually violated women.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation sites its mission to “defend human dignity” by fighting violence against women, sex trafficking, child sexual abuse, prostitution, and pornography. In publishing the “Dirty Dozen,” they hope to further educate the public on the harmful effects of these issues and will help push the groups to have more protective policies.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has already seen success in influencing Facebook to block child pornography on its site, for Google to take down sexually explicit ads, and for Verizon to stop offering child pornography.