July 19, 2017

Teen Vogue pushing Anal Sex to young girls

While many parents think of Teen Vogue as just a fashion magazine, we have a big warning for you. Teen Vogue is giving your kids sex advice. In their latest article, “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know,” featured on the front page of their website for days and printed in their June 2017 edition, the fashion magazine is giving step-by-step instructions on how to engage in anal sex. Note that their target audience is teenagers aged 11-17.

There are a number of concerns we should have about this article:

Teen Vogue is Now a Sex-Advice Magazine

This magazine is marketed as a TEEN FASHION magazine that parents trust as being just that.

Even Common Sense Media, who millions of parents rely on for advice about media their kids are consuming, has been tricked. Their advice: “Parents need to know that the online home of Teen Vogue magazine is an appealing — and safe — destination for teens with an interest in fashion and style.” Common Sense Media even noted that it’s not even applicable to be worried about Teen Vogue discussing sex. They clearly don’t realize that Teen Vogue has changed its tactics and has moved into the world of magazine sex tips, joining the ranks of Cosmopolitan Magazine. This is not the only article discussing sexual themes – they have started to share many sex tips, discuss masturbation, and more.

ACTION ALERT: Urge our helpful allies at Common Sense Media that they need to update their assessment of Teen Vogue. Then write a personal review on their page here.


This Teen Vogue Article is Anti-Woman

This article labels women as “non-prostate owners” which literally defines women in light of male sexuality. This is the same thing the pornography industry does every day. Female sexuality should not be defined and perceived as a mere conduit of male sexual use, without regard for the potential risks or pain associated.

ACTION ALERT: Read more about this concern in this article from the The Independent and then take to social media to call out the anti-woman tone this article takes.

This Teen Vogue Article Normalizes Porn Culture

A major concern the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has with this article is that it is another major step towards the mainstreaming of porn culture and adds to the already mounting pressure on young women to give into that message.

Thanks in large part to the pornography industry, many women experience undue pressure from boyfriends or husbands to engage in anal sex despite their discomfort or concerns about health risks. Mainstream pornography today commonly depicts extreme anal sex practices. It is no longer a fetish or fringe genre but rather depicted in a lot of mainstream pornography. These porn scenes often sexualize and glamorize common health risks like anal prolapse – a medical condition in which the inner walls of your rectum collapse and slip out of the anus.

Many pornography users are experiencing a shift in their sexual template as they become sensitized towards seeing and being turned on by these extreme practices. This porn-informed version of sex then seeps into their perception of healthy sex and often into their real-life relationships.

It’s a shame that Teen Vogue is legitimizing the pressure many teenage girls experience to engage in anal sex.


ACTION ALERT: Reply to Vogue’s Editor, @pfpicardi, who is claiming this article is just about what it means to be a young person today, with the reality of what young people are facing.


Other articles that we encourage you to share online:

ACTION ALERT: This mommy activist decided to burn the magazine and is getting lots off attention, with more than 10 million views! Show her you stand with her by sharing her video and asking your local retailers to #pullteenvogue.

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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