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From a jeans ad that suggested gang rape, to photographing a topless, underage model Calvin Klein continues to promote child exploitation and rape culture in a desperate effort to remain relevant. In fact, Calvin Klein once produced a child-themed ad campaign that was so provocative and akin to child pornography that it was investigated by the Department of Justice.

Calvin Klein’s recent advertisement depicting “up-skirting,” a growing form of sexual harassment, has attracted widespread criticism and yet it has refused to remove the image from its advertising campaign. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Calvin Klein to stop normalizing and glamorizing sexual harassment and exploitation. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN!

“Once again, Calvin Klein has used a depiction of sexual harassment or assault in its advertisements,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “The American fashion house has continued to stand by its most recent ad campaign, not-so-subtly entitled Erotica, despite the backlash over its glamorized depiction of an “up-skirting” victim. Up-skirting is a growing trend of sexual harassment where pictures are taken up a woman’s skirt without her knowledge, or without her consent. Not only is this activity a crime in many states like New York, New Jersey, Arizona, California and more, but it is also a disturbing breach of privacy and public trust. By normalizing and glamorizing this sexual harassment, Calvin Klein is sending a message that the experiences of real-life victims don’t matter, and that it is okay for men to treat the women standing next to them on the bus as available pornography whenever they so choose. We are calling on Calvin Klein to not only remove this offensive ad, but also to suspend its Erotica advertisement campaign, and to issue an apology to victims of sexual harassment or assault everywhere.”

Calvin Klein’s recent upskirting ad builds on the fashion brand’s legacy of promoting sexually exploitive advertisements.

From a 2010 jeans ad that suggested gang rape, to photographing a topless, underage model Calvin Klein continues to promote child exploitation and rape culture in a desperate effort to remain relevant. In fact, Calvin Klein once produced a child-themed ad campaign that was so provocative and akin to child pornography that it was investigated by the Department of Justice.

While some have defended this ad by claiming it’s about female body empowerment, sexual harassment is never empowering. The real women who are victims of upskirting do not feel ‘in control’ or empowered, and promoting a sanitized version of these women’s real-life traumas is not “girl power,” its anti-woman.

Calvin Klein needs to get the message that just because women’s bodies are in public doesn’t mean they are public property.

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Updates

Calvin Klein: Selling Sexual Exploitation Since 1980

Calvin Klein is known for its “daring” advertising, but in this case daring means using child pornography, drug culture, sexting, and sexual violence to sell clothing. Calvin Klein’s newest ad campaign, “erotica,” is coming under fire for its exploitive up-skirting ad, but this isn’t the first time Calvin Klein has used pornography and sexual exploitation […]

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: With upskirting ad, Calvin Klein crosses an ugly line

Original Source: Chicago Tribune Author: Heidi Stevens Calvin Klein has a long history of walking right up to the line separating provocative from perverse, and this time the company has crossed it. The clothing brand’s new ad features 23-year-old Danish model Klara Kristin looking down toward the ground as a camera peeks up her dress, […]

PRESS RELEASE: New Campaign Launched Against Exploitive Calvin Klein

Public Encouraged to Cut Up, Return Clothes Washington, DC – Calvin Klein’s recent advertisement depicting “upskirting” has attracted widespread criticism and builds on its history of sexually exploitive advertisements. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Calvin Klein to stop normalizing and glamorizing sexual harassment. “Calvin Klein’s recent upskirting ad builds on […]

STATEMENT: Calvin Klein Still Stands By Ad Depicting Sexual Harassment

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE Washington, DC – Calvin Klein’s recent advertisement depicting “up-skirting” has attracted widespread criticism and yet it has refused to remove the image from its advertising campaign. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Calvin Klein to stop normalizing and glamorizing sexual harassment. “Once again, […]

Calvin Klein is Standing by its Ad Depicting Sexual Harassment

Sign our Calvin Klein Petition Here: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Calvin Klein to stop normalizing and glamorizing sexual harassment. Once again, Calvin Klein has used a depiction of sexual harassment or assault in its advertisements. The American fashion house has continued to stand by its most recent ad campaign, […]

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