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HBO is Normalizing Rape Culture

HBO has a long history of putting gritty, intense stories to the screen. What they don’t realize is that stories that come out of the pornography industry and prostitution are more than gritty and intense. Such stories are evidence of the devastating experiences to which the industry exposes prostituted persons. HBO uses pornography and prostitution […]

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World: Hollywood’s reckoning

The women who went public with their stories of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein rang a bell that continues to resound through show business. The reverberations have cascaded over a number of powerful men in Hollywood and the media. Here are some who faced accusations of sexual misconduct just in the past week: Actor Kevin Spacey, […]

Game of Thrones Ditched Sexual Violence but Embraced Erotic Incest in Season 7

In season 7, Game of Thrones departed from past seasons in a dramatic way This season there were no scenes of graphic sexual violence, and there wasn’t a single scene that involved being in a brothel that or using women in prostitution. This is a significant change! This season even had the highest audience yet for the […]

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2018 Dirty Dozen: HBO

HBO’s Westworld Promotes Rape Culture

HBO is building a legacy of rape culture entertainment. The new HBO series, Westworld, premiered Sunday night and wasted no time before building upon this new “great tradition” in television of commodifying and consuming the female body. The first episode of HBO’s latest series, Westworld, contains a reference to the raping of a corpse, uses brothels as […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job [VIDEO]

In the age of Game of Thrones and The Girlfriend Experience, everyday Americans are regularly confronted with normalized depictions of prostituted women and men. From Amnesty International and TED Talks calling for full decriminalization of sex trade, there is a concerted effort underway to convince the public that prostitution is just another job. However, the […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

STATEMENT: Showtime Episode Depicts Rape of a Male as “Funny”

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE Washington, DC – July 10, 2016, the Showtime series Roadies depicted the drugged sexual assault of a man by a woman. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) denounces this scene for normalizing male sexual abuse as humorous. “If this scene depicted a drugged woman being sexually assaulted by a […]

Issue: Objectification

Game of Thrones Season 6: The Sexploitation Continues

(Reader Advisory: Discussion of graphic content follows.) Every day the media reports new incidents of sexual assault and violence. Social media is full of protestations that college campuses aren’t doing enough to protect its students and that rape culture needs to end. Interspersed throughout these cries for justice are rave reviews of Game of Thrones—posts […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

THE WRAP: ‘Game of Thrones’ Accused of Promoting Rape Culture, ‘Torture Pornography’

Original Source: The Wrap Author: Joe Otterson   The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has denounced “Game of Thrones” for its “socially irresponsible” depictions of sexual violence. “‘Game of Thrones’ has excelled in turning brutal sexual violence into mainstream entertainment,” Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of NCOSE, said at a press conference on Monday. “Since […]

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Is the Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones Just Representing a Harsh Historical Reality?

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones, a popular fantasy epic on HBO, has become well known for its salacious depictions of sexual assault. Full nudity and pornographic depictions of incest have been the wallpaper of this storyline, and “character development” for male protagonists has often hinged upon degrading and violating women. In fact, last year there […]

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