May 13, 2015

Young eyes should be shielded from Cosmo’s porn, says group

By Bill Bumpas
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
One News Now

An organization fighting against pornography is calling on retailers to stop selling Cosmopolitan magazine and wrap the cover to protect children from becoming exposed to its pornographic content.

The magazine claims that it targets adult women. However, Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, says Cosmopolitan regularly features teen icons and even Disney stars on its provocative covers in order to entice younger audiences. Hawkins is very concerned about the message being portrayed.

“This magazine is promoting very dangerous sexual acts as normal, healthy, and fun,” she says. “They portray it as if, as a young woman, if you’re not engaging in these types of acts, you’re not going to be successful, you’re not going to find a man, and you’re not going to be satisfying a man if you do happen to find one.”

She says young girls are facing a lot of peer-pressure.

Cosmopolitan is telling them this is how you should be a woman and this is how you can be cool and successful and happy,” she tells OneNewsNow. “A lot of young girls are experimenting with this, not understanding the long-term consequences.”

Hawkins says her group is also partnering in the complaint with Victoria Hearst, whose company, the Hearst Corporation, publishes Cosmopolitan.

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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