The Problem

Sexual objectification, the act of treating a person as a mere instrument or commodity for sexual pleasure, is experienced by both men and women with banal regularity in our culture today.

However, just because sexual objectification is experienced (or capitalized by marketing teams) every day doesn’t mean it’s harmless.

Research shows that when someone is being objectified the objectifier is viewing them as if they do not possess a real, individual mind and as if they are less deserving of moral treatment.

In a society that’s constantly reeling with fresh scandals of sexual assault—from college campuses to media empires—the potential consequences for viewing other people as mere objects to be used and discarded are immediately apparent. Learn more and take action through the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s various campaigns related to sexual objectification.

NCOSE Campaigns

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.

Individual Actions

The city-wide blitz and billboard campaign raises awareness about sexual exploitation. Individuals in any town or city can conduct this grassroots campaign.

This staple of the supermarket checkout lane is a visually hypersexualized and verbally pornographic magazine.

dirty dozen list

NCOSE’s annual Dirty Dozen List names 12 mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation and provides easy actions that individuals can take to make a difference.

podcast about sex trafficking

This podcast is an on-the-go educational resource to learn more about all issues of sexual exploitation.

sports illustrated objectifying

Since 1964 this magazine has sexually objectified women for sport and profit.

Updates

At the Core of the Issue: Professor Exposes Connection Between Porn and Sexual Harassment

On November 26th, a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed bore the title ‘Behind the harassment scandals, another dirty little secret: pornography’. Here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we could not agree more. With each newly exposed scandal, it becomes more and more clear that the issue of sexual exploitation must be fought not only […]

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How Do We Address Sexual Harassment in Our Culture?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the resignation of Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price, as well as similar developments in Silicon Valley, senior political analyst Mark Halperin resigned from both NBC and MSNBC over his alleged sexual harassment of several women. At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation we are reiterating our call for real cultural change […]

Mark Halperin

Historic Press Conference: Addressing Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men

This is the historic first press conference in Washington D.C. solely dedicated to addressing the web of sexual exploitation harming boys and men.   For too long, male sexual exploitation victims have been overlooked. Politicians, NGOs, and society at large have all failed to adequately address the experiences of boys and men involving sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual […]

Sexual Exploitation: The Story of Two Boys

This is the story of two boys – one named Tim and the other, “Charlotte.” TIM Tim, from the UK, got addicted to internet porn at a young age. He contacted me on our Facebook page three years ago and just said, “HELP! I am addicted to pornography; my life is ruined and I tried […]

Boys and Men Suffer, Too. It’s Time to Give Them a Voice.

Two years ago, I spoke at a press conference on the sexual objectification of girls through mainstream mediums like Cosmopolitan Magazine. I returned to the office high on adrenaline from a successful and well-covered event and then got two calls that changed my perspective greatly. THE PHONE CALLS The first was a young man in […]

Actions

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