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2018 Dirty Dozen List: iBooks

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…

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Amazon Promotes Incest-themed Pornographic Books to Stepdads

You promote what you permit. Unfortunately, in the case of Amazon, that includes incest-themed pornographic books. If someone makes the innocent search “stepdad daughter” on Amazon.com, the online marketplace returns highly explicit “erotica” featuring themes of incest on the first page of results. This material is often highly graphic, includes manipulation from positions of authority,…

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Apple praised for removing Tumblr app, but falls short with other apps

According to news reports, the popular social media app Tumblr was removed from Apple’s App Store after the discovery of child pornography on the platform. “The National Center on Sexual Exploitation congratulates Apple for taking a bold stand against child sex abuse with its decision to remove Tumblr from its app store.  It has become…

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Twelve Days of Action: It’s Time to Raise Your Voice

A collective call to action has emerged out of the #MeToo Movement. People are raising their voices against a culture that objectifies women, glorifies male entitlement, and normalizes sexual violence. Despite the progress that has been made so far by these brave voices, there is still more to do. The 2018 Dirty Dozen List includes…

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How Abusive Relationship Erotica Infiltrated a Girl Scouts Camp via iBooks

Before relocating to Washington, DC I was a Girl Scout Camp Counselor in a state down south. Summers of hiking, canoeing, a bunch of s’mores and growing strong girls were unparalleled and incredibly rewarding.  One summer, I became a Unit Leader—female counselors ages 14-17 that help lead energetic yet nervous eight to ten-year-old girls who…

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Apple’s iBooks Perpetuates Rape Myths in the Black Community

WARNING & POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic language and depictions are included in these sections. Apple’s iBooks, while a useful app in many ways, is promulgating erotic literature that normalize rape myths in the Black community. This literature has an immense effect on readers, and it’s astounding that Apple would agree to publish this content, considering…

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Apple’s iBooks Is Promoting Content Steve Jobs Wanted to Keep Off the iPhone

According to TechCrunch and Huffington Post, Apple founder Steve Jobs replied to a customer’s complaint about a lack of porn in the App Store with the following statement: “we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.” Both news outlets…

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