March 18, 2013

ACTION: Seventeen Magazine is Selling Threesomes to Twelve-Year-Olds

Contact Hearst and Seventeen And Tell Them To Stop Sexualizing Our Children!

(We are joining Parents Television Council’s efforts to contact Seventeen. Use our page or theirs here)

Threesomes, drugs, nudity, and violence – Spring Breakers, a new movie starring former Disney tween-idols Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez – earned a hard R rating for such content, but that hasn’t stopped Seventeen magazine from promoting the film to their readers who start as young as twelve.

Think for a moment about who reads Seventeen magazine: Eighteen-year-old girls don’t aspire to be seventeen-year-old girls. Instead, it is young girls, primarily those in the 12-17 age range, who are the primary target audience forSeventeen. And the magazine editors believe that a steamy sexual threesome – including actors beloved and admired by young girls through their Disney Channel programs – is appropriate content to inspire the behavior of our daughters and granddaughters.

A recent survey commissioned for UK-based parenting site Netmums.com found that nearly 70% of parents believe childhood innocence now ends at the age of 12 because of a “toxic combination” of media and cultural influences. Two in five thought magazines aimed at tweens but containing sexual content suitable for older teenagers forced their kids to grow up faster.Seventeen magazine is now squarely in the camp of innocence-eroding toxic influences that are robbing our children of their childhood.

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