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

Article Disputes the “Better a Robot Than a Real Child” Argument

Sex dolls, and particularly child-like sex dolls, have become increasingly normalized in recent years as shown by movies like Lars and the Real Girl. Some people claim that these dolls are a valid alternative to real, partnered sex and, disturbingly, some even argue that child sex dolls could be helpful for pedophiles. Excerpt from ABC…

An Open Letter to Delta for Providing Sexually Explicit In-Flight Films

To Delta Airlines: You may remember me. A few years ago, a video of me went viral after I saw a man openly watching violent hardcore pornography featuring young girls on a Delta flight. And if you don’t remember this part: Delta did nothing to stop it. After my family and I experienced weeks of…

Censored image of Delta passenger watching the Delta-provided "Hustlers" movie in-flight

Why the New Owner of Sports Illustrated Could Impact the Annual Objectifying Swimsuit Issue

Authentic Brands Group recently bought Sports Illustrated for $110 million. According to news sources: Under terms of the deal, Authentic Brands Group (ABG) acquires the rights to market and license Sports Illustrated, its swimsuit edition, kids’ edition, “Sportsperson of the Year” and SI TV, along with the magazine’s photo archive. Meredith will continue to operate the Sports Illustrated print magazine…

Amazon Promotes Incest, Despite Clear Research Showing the Harms of Parental Abuse on Children

By Ericka Case Child sexual abuse from a parent, a step-parent, or a parent’s live-in romantic partner is being portrayed as an acceptable “fetish” by large companies like Amazon. Thousands of incest-themed pornographic books are for sale and even included for free in the monthly subscription service Kindle, which is owned by Amazon. Searches by…

Emilia Clarke Opens Up About How HBO Pushed Scenes of Rape, Nudity

Unfortunately for women, such as actress Emilia Clarke, Hollywood is no stranger to sexual exploitation. For years, the industry profited off the objectification, harassment, and abuse of women both in front of and behind the camera. In 2017, the #MeToo movement was launched across the country due to women in Hollywood speaking out about Harvey…

Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones

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.