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

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Led by Man Accused of Sexual Harassment

Earlier this year the notorious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was named to the 2019 Dirty Dozen List for its contributions to and normalization of sexual objectification. Since 1964 the annual issue has sexually objectified women for profit and sport, sending a message that women’s bodies are available for public consumption. The magazine would be more…

Time's Up for Sports Illustrated dehumanizing and objectifying women with their Swimsuit Issue

No, “Hustlers” is Not Empowering for Women

Hustlers, a “strip club drama,” is set to be released in theaters on September 13, 2019. The movie features several star actors, including Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez, and more. Hustlers is a story about a Robin Hood-esque group of strippers who steal from rich men. Jennifer Lopez, the actress portraying…

Still of Jennifer Lopez from the movie "Hustlers"

HBO’s Euphoria Claims “Nudes are the Currency of Love” and Promotes Other Sexually Exploitive Themes

HBO is an American premium cable television network that has a long history of consistently producing content which normalizes rape myths, sexual violence, and commercial sexual exploitation through sexually exploitive depictions of sex and sexual violence. This has been displayed over the years through shows like Game of Thrones and The Deuce. After being named…

HBO Euphoria

How Instagram Can Stop Sexual Grooming, Abuse, and Trafficking On Its App

On behalf of our 300+-member Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and the tens of thousands of concerned citizens who serve as our supporters, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation thanks Instagram for its efforts to promote digital wellbeing and online safety. However, despite these efforts, there is still rampant grooming for sexual abuse, sex trafficking,…

Instagram

Follow the 2019 CESE Summit Online

I can hardly contain my excitement as I write this email! The Fifth Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit starts next week! The CESE Global Summit brings together over 60 top speakers presenting their research, innovative strategies, and lasting solutions. More than 600 leaders from around the world will be in attendance! We’re gathering…

Actions

Email Wish Executives: Remove Objectifying Products for Your Marketplace

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.