It's been an eventful year for us here at Collective Shout! As the year comes to an end we reflect on some of our favourite victories and highlights from 2015. We could not have achieved these successes without your participation and support.
Here's what we accomplished in 2015
- Millionaire boxer and convicted domestic violence offender Floyd Mayweather was denied a visa to enter the country after our change.org petition attracted over 46,000 signatures.
- We exposed online fashion club BuyInvite for selling a range of paedophilic sex toys for men and items promoting racist and derogatory stereotypes about women. These items were subsequently removed from sale.
- Lonely Planet removed their listing for Wicked Campers that promoted violence against women after members of Collective Shout raised the issue with them.
- After waiting six years for a follow up to the Federal Government's inquiry into the sexualisation of children, NSW has announced a much needed inquiry into the sexualisation of children for 2016.
- Our campaign against rapper Tyler the Creator for his sexually violent lyrics and incitement to violence against women resulted in Frontier Touring cancelling his Australian Tour.
- After being targeted with an onslaught of violent threats, our National Director of Operations Coralie Alison was featured on The Project as #IStandWithCoralieAlison went viral on Twitter.
- Collective Shout supporter Verina won an opportunity to raise the failing of advertising industry self-regulation with now PM Malcolm Turnbull, who promised to follow up on the issue.
- Education provider Learning Cloud withdrew their sexist "too ugly to sleep to the top" promotion after Collective Shout pressure.
- We joined with survivors of prostitution and trafficking, activists, human rights organisations and celebrities including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and others, calling on Amnesty International to vote no to their proposal to legalise sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping.
- Redfoo was dumped by The X Factor after our petition against his rape-culture promoting 'Literally I Can't' music video attracted almost 25, 000 signatures.
- We brought the documentary The Mask You Live In to Australia, holding screenings of the film around the country and sparking a dialogue into masculinity and limiting gender stereotypes on men.
- Our Melbourne team participated in Mudderella, a 10 km obstacle course to raise funds for our work.
- We participated in the global campaign #50DollarsNot50Shades in response to the movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey, which repackaged intimate partner violence as erotic and romantic. We called on supporters to boycott the film and donate the money they would have spent to a women's refuge.
- The Bottle-O withdrew sexually objectifying in store advertising after Collective Shout supporters brought the matter to their attention.
- Our campaign to get sexist lads mag Zoo Weekly out of supermarkets generated international media attention when The Guardian made a video featuring petition starter Laura Pintur.
- Our Zoo campaign resulted in Coles withdrawing the magazine from sale in its stores nationwide. The move by Coles was so catastrophic for sales that two weeks later Bauer media announced the magazine would be shut down.
- Our WA State Coordinator Caitlin Roper was the keynote speaker at the corporate pre-game function for the new women's basketball team the Perth Lynx.
- We reached a milestone with 25.000 supporters on our Facebook page.
- We called on Chemist Warehouse to withdraw the "Virgin Palm Palm" men's sex toys eroticising sex with underage girls. The store was quick to respond with an apology, removing the items within hours.
- We ran a piece by Jemma Nicoll exposing California Kisses, a girls dance wear company, with sexualised advertising featuring girls as young as 12 alongside the slogan 'Pop That', a popular porn- inspired phrase referring to the 'popping' of her cherry or taking of one's virginity. As a result CK removed the offending ad.
We couldn't have achieved all these victories without your help! As we continue to work together collectively we can do great things. We look forward to your continued participation and support in 2016.
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