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The ESPN Body Issue and The Illusion of Nudity-Based Empowerment

By Haley Halverson with Margo Davison ESPN recently released its annual “Body Issue” which includes interviews and nude photographs of sixteen athletes and sports teams. Bare backsides and strategically placed hands and sports equipment to “cover” critical body parts have filled the glossy pages of ESPN annually since the magazine first instituted this Issue in […]

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Issue: Objectification

Video: In Modern Bondage – A Brief History of the Development of 21st Century Exploitation and the Fight to Eradicate It

This presentation was given at the 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, TX, hosted by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Details on the CESE Summit at EndExploitationSummit.com. Over the last fifty years, a culture of exploitation and abuse has emerged. Some argue that it was always there, but hidden from view; some […]

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Sports Illustrated’s “Swimsuit Issue” is Really the Sexploitation Issue

Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue should be renamed the Sexploitation Issue. This magazine has a long history of sexually objectifying women for sport. The pornification of Sports Illustrated dates back several years, but the 2015’s cover on which the model appeared revealing a portion of her pubic area was clearly intended to push boundaries. In 2015, after […]

Issue: Objectification

The Porn Phenomenon and Why You Should Care – Groundbreaking Research

The numbers are in, and one thing is clear: the phenomenon of porn use poses an unprecedented public health crisis in American society. The groundbreaking new study, “The Porn Phenomenon,”  just released several key findings which underscore the necessity of addressing pornography on a large scale. This survey reports that more than a quarter of young […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

“Sexting” and the Dangers of Hidden Apps

By: Irene Neumann The phenomenon of “sexting”—the practice of taking and sending sexually provocative or explicit photos of oneself and sending them to another person via email or mobile device—has taken youth culture by storm. According to a CBS News article that quotes Dr. Kristin Perry, a psychologist and founder of a parenting resource called […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Snapchat

Group Battles Against The Playboy Club on NBC

Top Secret Writers The Playboy Club is a history lesson about the origins of the actual Playboy Club in Chicago, in 1963. It was at this club that the first Playboy “bunnies” ever got their start, in a working environment that has made women’s rights groups cringe in disgust. The entire point of the club […]

“Ms. Garcia” – Testimony before Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, 1985

Ms. Garcia, director to maintain positive image of Playboy magazine, testified on behalf of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography.  Ms. Garcia shared the truth about the ramifications once the young girl signs a contract with Playboy magazine.  The contract does not provide any indication of the type of photographs that they will be posing.  […]

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Brenda MacKillop, testimony before the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography

Brenda MacKillop, a former Playmate, testified in Chicago before the Commission on Pornography. In her testimony, she describes the way in which Playboy’s ethos corrupted her and her family and caused psychological damage to herself and other Playmates. She describes the human cost inflicted by participating in Playboy’s pornography and the lifestyle that Playboy promotes. […]

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