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

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national 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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