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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

Cosmopolitan Teaches Girls the Same Values Playboy Teaches Boys

Warning: Article discusses sexually explicit themes. Reader discretion advised. By Leanne Miller, NCOSE Intern. Just about everyone who knows the name Playboy knows that it has pornographic objectives and an explicit sexual rhetoric. Even though its mission is to be “an arbiter of style and a vanguard for political, sexual and economic freedom,” its reputation is […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen: Cosmopolitan Magazine

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Empowerment Or Sexual Objectification?

Originally published on Huffington Post. It’s February again, and of course that means it’s time to ogle women in barely-there bikinis in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. While men around the country eagerly await this publication, I find it increasingly difficult to accept the societal narrative surrounding it. That’s because the unspoken truth is […]

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Issue: Objectification

5 Ways Barnes & Noble is Facilitating Sexual Exploitation

Most parents don’t realize that their child might be exposed to pornography at their local bookstore, but that is exactly what is happening all around the country. Barnes & Noble is a Fortune 500 company, which operates 689 retail bookstores, is a major supplier of pornography. Barnes & Noble provides hundreds of free pornographic books in their […]

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STATEMENT: Why Playboy Has Abandoned Nudity in its Magazine

Statement on by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE   Washington, DC – Playboy’s first non-nude magazine will be released this week. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) observes that this change will enable Playboy to continue to promote sexual exploitation and objectification on an even broader scale. “Playboy is trying to remain relevant […]

Issue: Objectification

Porn was the norm. I was molested, raped and didn’t think anything was wrong.

As a happily married, church going father of 5, there are few  who know the trauma that has affected me throughout my life. I grew up in a VERY rural area in Southern Mississippi. A country boy if you will, fishing, hunting, etc. I really looked up to my older cousins who I believed were […]

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