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.

The Numbers

300+

NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

100+

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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