The Problem

Sexual objectification, the act of treating a person as a mere instrument or commodity for sexual pleasure, is experienced by both men and women with banal regularity in our culture today.

However, just because sexual objectification is experienced (or capitalized by marketing teams) every day doesn’t mean it’s harmless.

Research shows that when someone is being objectified the objectifier is viewing them as if they do not possess a real, individual mind and as if they are less deserving of moral treatment.

In a society that’s constantly reeling with fresh scandals of sexual assault—from college campuses to media empires—the potential consequences for viewing other people as mere objects to be used and discarded are immediately apparent. Learn more and take action through the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s various campaigns related to sexual objectification.

NCOSE Campaigns

From a jeans ad that suggested gang rape, to photographing a topless, underage model Calvin Klein continues to promote child exploitation and rape culture in a desperate effort to remain relevant.

Individual Actions

The city-wide blitz and billboard campaign raises awareness about sexual exploitation. Individuals in any town or city can conduct this grassroots campaign.

This staple of the supermarket checkout lane is a visually hypersexualized and verbally pornographic magazine.

dirty dozen list

NCOSE’s annual Dirty Dozen List names 12 mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation and provides easy actions that individuals can take to make a difference.

hbo

HBO is increasingly producing shows like Game of Thrones, and more, that feature extreme scenes of gratuitous nudity, sex, and sexual violence. HBO is portraying sexual violence as mere entertainment.

This groundbreaking campaign serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, regarding all forms of sexual exploitation.

podcast about sex trafficking

This podcast is an on-the-go educational resource to learn more about all issues of sexual exploitation.

sports illustrated objectifying

Since 1964 this magazine has sexually objectified women for sport and profit.

Updates

Walmart to Remove Cosmopolitan Magazine from Checkout Lines Following Advocacy by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has instigated a significant policy change at Walmart as part of our continued work to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation. After collaborative dialogue with  NCOSE, Walmart will remove Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout lines at 5,000 stores across the country. Protecting minors from the sexually explicit material that […]

Walmart’s Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Female Objectification in the #MeToo Era

It’s no secret. We live in a society drenched with sexually objectifying images of women. What may be less obvious is just how harmful these images are to the dignity and treatment of women and girls by men. Objectifying images teach men that women are objects for ownership, rather than complete persons worthy of moral […]

Walmart Stands Against #MeToo Culture

Sports Illustrated Bashes Royals GM Dayton Moore for Anti-Porn Stance

You may have read about Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore taking bold, principled, countercultural action to educate his team on the harms of pornography.  As I noted in a Townhall.com column today, this decision did not occur in a vacuum. According to Porn Hub’s own data, the world watched 4.6 billion hours of pornography in […]

Sports Illustrated, the Porn Apologists?

This article originally appeared on Townhall.com.  Sports Illustrated has certainly not earned itself a reputation as defenders of women’s dignity, but in one of their latest articles, they’ve positioned themselves as overt porn apologists and defenders. The article was headlined: “Royals GM Dayton Moore Makes Bizarre and Troubling Choice to Host Anti-Porn Activists.” This defensive article […]

Victory in the Online Ad Industry! Revcontent Removes Sexually Objectifying Ads

Every day, Internet users are bombarded with sexually objectifying and explicit advertisements on the websites they visit. Hypersexualized online ads appear virtually everywhere online, alongside completely unrelated Internet content. This content is often unsought by and offensive to Internet users. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has taken a significant step to change our […]

Actions

Sign the Petition: Tell HBO to Stop Promoting Pornography, Sexual Violence and Prostitution via The Deuce

Email Steam Executives

Email Executives from Cosmopolitan’s Parent Company

join #icutcalvin on social media

Share your reasons you’re boycotting Calvin Klein with a picture or a post! Be sure to use the hashtag #icutcalvin. Feel free to send to us to share too! Email public@ncose.com

Share your STORY

Personal stories help elected and business leaders to see the grave harm associated with this material and can be very helpful in getting them to change their policies. All will be shared anonymously. Please email your story to public@ncose.com.