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

Podcast: Are Sex Dolls the Cure to Pedophilia or Loneliness?

Ep. 37  Caitlin Roper discusses the research and cultural narratives around sex dolls. Since the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl, sex dolls have become increasingly popular and normalized. In fact, mainstream companies like Amazon, Etsy, and the Wish shopping app have sold sex dolls, including ones that looked child-like. During this episode of…

2021 Grammy Awards Show Normalizes Systemic Issues of Sexual Exploitation

It took a lot of work to make the 2021 Grammy Awards show happen amidst myriad COVID-19 complications, but unfortunately the effort was marred by CBS’ decision to green-light sexually regressive and exploitative material in the broadcast. Beyond the troubling implications for families who were watching (a significant audience for the Grammys), the onstage presentations…

STATEMENT – CBS’ Grammys Broadcast Normalizes Stripping, Prostitution 

Washington, DC (March 15, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) says the CBS Grammys broadcast contributed to the sexual exploitation of women by objectifying them as well as glamorizing prostitution and stripping. This was true of the performance featuring Dua Lipa as well as the segment featuring Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion that…

How Hypersexualized Children’s Dance Impacts Children

“Children deserve to learn and experience the gift of dance in safe environments that do not sexualize them. Children deserve to love dance, their bodies, and themselves. Children deserve to not be victims of sexual exploitation.” This is the mission of Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited (DA:NCE). Founded in 2016 by dance educator and author…

Screenshot of PG-rated trailer for DA:NCE documentary

Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What the Experts Say About Hypersexualization

Dance can be a healthy outlet for children both physically and emotionally, allowing them a fun outlet of expression while improving the condition of their heart, reducing risk of osteoporosis, and educating them in a beautiful art form. In recent decades, however, the culture has seen a dramatic shift away from educational dance. Currently, it’s…

Still image from DA:NCE documentary "Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What the Experts Say About Hypersexualization"

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 officials 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.