Be a part of the Collective Shout against the pornification of culture and add your voice to the following petitions
There are many ongoing campaigns that you can be a part of. Head to our petitions page to join in. We update this page regularly so ensure you check back.
[Update] Win! Jeff Allen left the country and his visa was revokedRead more
Frontier Touring has confirmed that Tyler the Creator will not be visiting Australia. The announcement was posted on Frontier Touring's Facebook page today:Read more
[UPDATE] Coles to bin Zoo mag after employee complaints - "Other young women in my work force will no longer have to put up with selling a magazine that promotes rape culture" - Read more here.
We're calling on Woolworths to live up to its corporate philosophy of 'doing the right thing'
I’m a 23 year-old woman trying to navigate my way around a culture that is surrounded with porn, sexualisation and objectification of women and enjoy healthy, respect-based relationships with men. But how is that possible when so many of them are being fed a diet of porn and violence including in magazines like Zoo Weekly read by thousands of boys every week?
I want this to change. Why should our major supermarket chains supply this magazine which promotes the abuse of women like me?
Boys can find advice like this:
“You think your girl’s so dewyeyed she’s never sucked dick before? She knows how it works…. Is your girlfriend a bunny rabbit? A fragile ricepaper arrangement? No? Then how about you let her know she’s being f**ked?... she’ll like you taking charge like a real man.”
‘If the object of your affection is drinking, that’s already a point in your favour… you want to pick the “loosest/skankiest” one of the lot and fetch her a drink…separate her from the flock. You’re off alone, boozed-up and charming — these are three green lights!’
Zoo Weekly recently came under fire, but not for publishing quotes like this one. It was recently forced to remove advertising for its ‘ANZAC commemorative edition‘ after the Department of Veteran Affairs threatened fines.
I was stunned at how quickly Zoo could be pulled into line on the ANZAC issue, while its abusive portrayal of women goes on with no action taken.
Where are the fines for the ongoing sexual exploitation of women and girls? Where is the punishment for contributing to a culture that is hostile and threatening to women? Where is the outrage?
Zoo Weekly is promoting attitudes that put women and girls at increased risk.
A study comparing lads’ mags (including Zoo) and statements from convicted rapists found that many people could not distinguish the source of the comments. That is, Zoo Weekly uses the same language as rapists in their magazine.
Other disturbing content from Zoo Weekly includes:
- Tips for using alcohol to coerce women into unwanted sex
- Encouraging readers to send in pictures of their girlfriends breasts for a chance to win breast augmentation surgery
- Their 2012 Hottest Asylum Seeker competition, encouraging female asylum seekers to send in sexy pics
- Photoshopping the head of Greens Senator Sarah Hansen-Young onto the body of one of their half naked models after she refused to pose in their magazine
- Sharing a photo on their Facebook page of a woman’s body cut into two pieces, asking fans which half they would prefer and why (theresponses from men were sick)
- Sharing sexualised images of girls who appear underage on their Facebook page lifted from teen porn websites
- Ads in Zoo promote explicit phone sex lines, some with images depicting ‘school girls home alone.’
And all of this is classified as ‘men’s lifestyle’ - there are no age restrictions on who can purchase Zoo. Recent market data showed that 36,000 boys aged 14-17 are among its readership. The magazine openly states that "men" aged 16-40 are their core target.Zoo brainwashes boys into believing that women must submit to their sexual demands, otherwise they aren’t ‘man’ enough.
Zoo Weekly is promoting attitudes that put women and girls at increased risk. In Australia, violence against women has become a national emergency, with up to two women being murdered by their partners each week. Magazines like Zoo promote attitudes that lead to violence against women. They should have no place in supermarkets.
I have seen and experienced first hand the detrimental costs of what this magazine endorses not only in my life and the lives of other young people, and I want to see change.
What chance does my generation, the generations above me and the generation below me who are growing up and being brainwashed to believe what is endorsed in this magazine is normal and ok, actually have?
Zoo Weekly didn’t cross the line with Anzac Day, it crossed the line a long time ago. Condemnation of Zoo Weekly must extend to its sexual exploitation of women and its sick and predatory grooming of young boys too.
Coles and Woolworths, as our major supermarket chains you pride yourselves on being family stores with a strong commitment to community values. It’s time for you to stand up for the wellbeing of women and girls and against discrimination, harassment and violence. We need to take a stance and make it known that these issues are real and it’s only going to get worse if we as a society keep normalising it.
Please stop profiting from selling Zoo and remove it from your stores immediately.
Read more about what Zoo Weekly pushes to teenage boys - Inside Zoo Weekly
Take the Quiz - Rapist or Lads mag, who said it?
Paula Orbea at Questions for Us asks - Should supermarkets be selling soft porn?
UPDATE 15/6/15: California Kisses removes paedophilic 'pop that' ads after Collective Shout pressure
UPDATE 1/7/15: We spoke too soonRead more
Sydney German themed restaurant Lowenbrau Keller sexually objectifies women to promote its venue.
Social media and outdoor ads feature images depicting waitresses wearing low cut traditional bavarian dress. Sleazy double entendres are used to compare the serving size of food and beverages with the size of women's breasts.
Through this advertising, Lowenbrau Keller reinforces sexist attitudes and invites patrons to view female staff as sexual objects, exposing them to sexual harassment.
“Live it Large” and “Wunderbra” - seen on Sydney buses - sends the message to an audience of all ages that women are to be valued for their sexualised body parts. Another advertisement “Make mein a dubbel” suggests the two women shown might be part of the menu.
A YouTube ad for Oktoberfest in Australia produced by the Urban Purveyor group and promoting Bavarian Bier Cafe, Lowenbrau Keller and Munich Bauhaus depicts ‘bavarian beauties training for Oktoberfest.’ The camera pans up and down the womens bodies and zooms in on their body parts as they run along the beach and perform exercises and stretches.
Do these venues have such little confidence in their own product that they must instead draw attention to their waitresses breasts?
Lowenbrau Keller responded to criticism stating that the ads use "popular anglicised German phrases which are fun play-on words." Addressing claims that the venue was inviting sexual harassment of staff, management claimed:
"the last impression we want to give is that you can come to our restaurant and stare at our waitresses' breasts..."
"The last impression..." Really? This "fun play on words" looks like a direct invitation to do exactly that:
Fan comments on social media are exactly what you'd expect in response to a business that treats women this way. “Big tits” …. “very nice jugs” … “this is what you will see on Saturday night big ass “beers” can’t wait.”
This is not the first time the Urban Purveyor Group has used women's bodies to promote its venue. Last year the Bavarian Bier Cafe was pressured into removing advertising that compared women's breasts with pork ribs, using the hashtag slogan #bestrack on social media and outdoor advertising.
Viewing these advertisements it is hard to believe it is 2015. There is a growing awareness in the community that sexual objectification and sexist attitudes underpin the epidemic of violence against women in Australia. The Urban Purveyor Group and associated restaurants need to get out of the dark ages and start treating women and girls with the respect they deserve.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge is a statement of intention by an organisation to be respectful of women and girls in advertising and marketing. We are looking for organisations to take the pledge - click here.
We were recently contacted by a mother who was concerned about some games her daughter found online. The games featured characters from Frozen as being pregnant - in this case 'Elsa' - and the object of the game is to assist the character in giving birth.
On further investigation, the girls website includes a number of games depicting licensed characters as pregnant. The object of different games varies, some guide the gamer through assisting birth, including caesarean section. Others, such as 'Pregnant Rapunzel Ambulance" feature the character pregnant, with a black eye, a gash to her chest and tears streaming down her face. The gamer is required to patch up her wounds. As the mother who contacted us said "she looks like a victim of domestic violence."
Aside from the inexplicable number of pregnant licensed characters, the site features games depicting cosmetic surgery.Read more
Over the last few weeks, the campaign calling on supporters to boycott Fifty Shades of Grey and donate to a domestic violence shelter has escalated - and so too has the backlash from fans of the book series arguing that it was all just a bit of harmless, sexy fun.
We've prepared responses to some of the most common arguments we heard in support of the book series and film.
"It's just fiction!"
Many Fifty Shades fans argue that it is just a book/film, a work of fiction, and as such the eroticized representations of violence against women have no power to influence thinking, attitudes or beliefs.
However, an analysis of the novel found sexual violence and emotional abuse were pervasive and the popular book series had the power to influence attitudes and beliefs surrounding intimate partner violence. The authors argued that “individuals regularly alter their real world beliefs and attitudes in response to fictional communication” and “stories are especially influential when readers become drawn into them and cognitive resources, emotions, and mental imagery faculties are engaged.”
The authors noted in their conclusion "our analysis adds to a growing body of literature noting dangerous violence standards being perpetuated in popular culture." Read more
"It's so popular!"
Fifty Shades of Grey is popular in large part because of the misleading way the the trilogy has been promoted. It has been marketed as "romance" and "porn for women" and defended as "playful fantasy encouraging women to become more daring in their sexuality." If the story was promoted for what it is - a powerful sadistic man grooming a naive young woman for sexual violence and abuse - we doubt it would achieve the same success.
The popularity of Fifty Shades’ means it has even greater potential to perpetuate and reinforce damaging attitudes about abusive relationships.
Throughout history many there are many examples of oppression, violence and injustice that were popular or socially accepted in their time, but are now strongly rejected. Read more
"But he loves her so much!"
To accept this argument would be to believe that stalking, possessiveness, manipulation, jealousy, control and other elements of intimate partner violence are based in love - that abusive men hurt their female partners because they ‘love them so much’.
Perpetrators themselves like to say they acted out of love. This is false. Read more
"It's not domestic violence- he never hits her!"
There are incidents where Christian does hit Ana, such as when he slaps her during sex, when he puts her over his knee and spanks her backside as punishment for perceived acts of defiance (such as rolling her eyes.) When violence is sexualized it is made to be invisible, and we are supposed to accept it without question.
It is a myth that domestic violence is limited to hitting and punching. Abusive behaviours include making threats, manipulation, intimidation, uncontrollable anger, possessiveness, controlling, withholding money, isolation, humiliation, stalking and sexual violence. Grey’s treatment of Anastasia outside of the bedroom is just as much a cause for concern.
"But it's not an abusive relationship!"
Some fans of the book continue to suggest those critical of the themes and messages throughout need to ‘get their facts straight’. The assertion that domestic violence workers and psychologists analysing the novel ‘just don’t understand’ defies logic.
Unfortunately, a significant number of women are victims of domestic violence or sexual violence. Many women have come forward, distressed that the abuse they endured could be framed as erotic or as a love story. Some individuals cannot recognize domestic violence in Fifty Shades which should not surprise us considering many people do not recognise the nature or prevalence of domestic violence in our culture.
It would appear filmmakers took deliberate steps to portray the relationship as more consensual and less abusive, adding in romantic scenes that did not appear in the book, and leaving out some of the more extreme scenes from the books.
"If she didn't like it she could just leave"
This is a common myth in domestic violence situations- that if a battered woman does not leave her violent male partner, it is assumed she consents to abuse and violence or that she secretly likes it.
Many abused women experience confusion and may not recognize what has been done to them as abuse. Often they still love their partner or believe he will change. Others believe they must have contributed to the abuse or that it is their fault. Many others want to leave but live in fear of their abuser, believing he will kill them if they do, and tragically, many domestic violence murders occur after the woman has already left and the man has lost control of her.
The notion that it is women who are victimized who should change rather than the men who terrorise and abuse them is misguided and an example of victim blaming.
There are occasions in the books and at the end of the film, where Ana does not like Christian’s treatment of her, and she expresses this.
"But he was abused himself"
Many abusers have histories of being victims themselves. This does not justify perpetuating violence or abuse against another person. There are many more survivors of abuse that never harm another person.Read more
Put your money where women like Anastasia end up
Collective Shout is now a co-sponsor of the international #50dollarsnot50shades campaign
#50dollarsnot50shades is a grassroots, women-led campaign, encouraging people to boycott the 50 Shades of Grey movie and instead give a $50 donation to domestic violence shelter or agency.
The money you would have spent on movie tickets and a babysitter or movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will go towards serving victims of abusive relationships like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series.
Hollywood doesn't need your money; abused women do.
Psychologists at Michigan State University and Ohio State University conducted a systematic analysis of 50 Shades of Grey and found that intimate partner violence is pervasive in the novel. Christian Grey is the perpetrator of this violence and Anastasia suffers significant harm at his hands. The relationship between the two characters meets the US Centers for Disease Control's definition of Intimate Partner Violence.
Take Action!Read more
Sign petition! Peter Dutton: he's a repeat domestic violence offender, reject Floyd Mayweather's visa
Collective Shout Townsville rep Angela Burrows has started a petition calling for Floyd Mayweather's visa to be denied. The petition reads:
He abused his ex-partner in front of his children and went to jail after abusing five different women – yet despite vicious and repeated domestic violence millionaire boxer Floyd Mayweather may be given a visa for his promotional tour next week.
His assaults are sickening to read about. He's alleged to have slammed a car door on a woman, then repeatedly punched her in the backseat. And he still seems completely without regret – cockily saying to journalists after one incident "there are no pictures".
As a crisis worker in a domestic violence service and working with a women's shelter, I couldn't sit by after hearing this. I see some of the victims of this kind of abuse every day.
Allowing a chronic perpetrator of violence like Floyd Mayweather to visit Australia sends a terrifying message – that vicious, repeat abuse isn't serious.
It says if that if you're high-profile and successful enough the abuse doesn't matter. That it can be swept under the carpet. That's just wrong.
The CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria has already called for his ban from Australia – but so far there's been silence from the government.Tony Abbott said this week that he has a zero tolerance for violence against women – now they need to send that message loud and clear by banning Mayweather from the country.
Please sign my petition demanding repeat abuser Floyd Mayweather is banned from Australia – and help ensure domestic violence abusers aren't held up as role models.
It’s that time of year again! With the Christmas season upon us, retailers are taking it up a notch competing for your business.
Now is the time to remember the companies who objectified women and sexualized girls to sell products and services. They do not respect women and have refused to change their ways. They should not be allowed to profit on the backs of women and girls.Read more
Grand Theft Auto 5 fuelling the epidemic of violence against women, say survivors in petition signed by over 40,000 people.
[UPDATE] Target and Kmart have pulled the game from sale, will Big W do the same?
We're now asking outlets like Big W and Woolworths whether they're going to stand up against Grand Theft Auto's violence against women as well.
Thank you again. All 40,000+ of you!
[Win] Target announces GTA 5 withdrawn from sale
Read the complete media release here.
*Warning- graphic content.*
Women survivors of violence are calling on Target to withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale, a “sickening” video game that encourages players to brutally murder women for entertainment.
In a change.org petition that has attracted 30, 000 signatures so far, Nicole describes the various ways players can enact their fantasies of committing extreme violence against women, including punching women to the point of unconsciousness, killing them with a bat, gun or machete, running them down with a car and setting them on fire as they continue screaming.
You can watch one of many fan clips where a gamer comments as he enacts using a prostitute and then reversing over her with his car.
"A man has his needs! [In] classic GTA style, you can't let her get away with your money- we're gonna go ahead and back this bad boy up. Do what you gotta do to a regular prostitute!"
Survivors Nicole, Claire and Kat share disturbing statistics about violence to women in the sex industry, who are up to forty times more likely to be murdered by a man than any other group of women.
"Please Target- we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale," writes Nicole.
“We have firsthand experience of this kind of sexual violence. It haunts us, and we've been trying to rebuild our lives ever since. Just knowing that women are being portrayed as deserving to be sexually used by men and potentially murdered for sport and pleasure – to see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainments is sickening and causes us great pain and harm.”Read more
Last May we called out CafePress for selling slut and incest themed baby clothing. We weren't the first to do so, as US based activists like One Angry Girl had been campaigning against their pornified merchandise since 2004.
Last week, our activists came across more Cafepress clothing and merchandise with porn inspired and pro-rape slogans and imagery. Cafepress responded, essentially encouraging members of the public to do their job for them making further complaints at Cafepress's convenience.
In the past, Cafepress have hidden behind their user generated system, claiming they will implement systems to solve the problem. They've known about the problem for years and they have done nothing.
This week, our campaign generated international media interest, with news media out of the UK, Canada, France and US. Cafepress is beginning to discover that sexploitation does not sell.
Cafepress selling BABY clothing with offensive slogans
"You annoying me cause you're talking"..."shut the fk up" - Red Foo
Collective Shout's Jas Swilks started a petition on Change.org calling on the X Factor to cease ties with Red Foo.
News.com.au Opinion: Dear Eminem, Robin Thicke and Redfoo: Just stop
Ms Swilks told news.com.au that the petition had only gone online on Tuesday and the aim of the petition was to force Channel 7 to take a stand against sexism and misogyny.
She also said if Redfoo really did respect women he shouldn’t have produce a video clip which appeared to show quite the opposite.
Our petition got a shout out on the Chaser Media Circus:
RedFoo has just released his new collaboration with Lil Jon, Play-N-Skillz and Enertia McFly '; named ‘’Literally, I Can't.'' In the video, a group of sorority girls are harassed and verbally assaulted, simply because they don't want to drink or engage in certain activities such as ''girl on girl''. The young women are depicted as killjoys and 'annoying' for refusing to conform to the wishes of the male party goers.
When the women repeatedly make clear that they don't want to have sex or drink, they are surrounded by a group of rowdy men who shout in their faces: 'Shut the fk up''. One woman is pushed unwillingly onto the ground while Red Foo films for the porn site ''Redtube''. Other misogynistic lyrics included in the song include :
"You annoying me cause you're talking"
"Shhh, don't talk about it be about it. Work it, twerk it and maybe I'll tweet about it"
"Girl I'm sipping on this drink, trying to see what you got, not hear what you think."
You can watch the video here *trigger warning*Read more
A petition on Change.org called for "Pick up Artist" Julien Blanc's visa to be cancelled
The petition reads:
That Julien Blanc can sustain a profitable business out of promoting sexual violence with total impunity is a testament to the extent to which our society accepts violence and sexual assault against women, he's here in Melbourne, on a visa that allows him to work (by work I mean preach violence and emotional abuse against women) don't be one of the people who passively accepts this, sign this petition to call on the Federal Government in Australia to revoke his rights to 'work' in this country and send him packing. Click here to view the petition.
Collective Shout co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist appeared on The Feed SBS speaking about Julien Blanc and his predatory and abusive methods.
[UPDATE] WIN! #BESTRACK Ad withdrawn 'due to complaints'
We have received notification from the Advertising Standards Board that the Bavarian Bier Cafe has voluntarily withdrawn the ad campaign from both social media and outdoor advertising.
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B Magazine Bavarian Bier Cafe pulls controversial ad
And they justify it by tossing some coins at a breast cancer charity
The Bavarian Bier Cafe is now serving ribs. Ribs - racks of ribs. Racks! You can see where this is going right?
The ad campaign - presumably conceived in the minds of readers of Zoo Magazine - proclaims "We've got the best racks" and pictures two women wearing low cut dresses sitting beside a fully dressed man. The man presents a slab of meat on a wooden cutting board. The image is hashtagged #bestrack Maybe they're hoping it'll 'go viral.'
The ad appeared on Facebook on 22nd September and announced that for every rack sold $1 will be donated to Breast Cancer Charity 'The Treasure Chest.' (FYI, a meal costs $37)
One Facebook comment asked why it is necessary to use sexual exploitation to raise money for breast cancer charities. A number of men jumped to defend the ad, outraged at the suggestion that this ad amounted to "exploitation" - after all the models agreed to pose for the ad and a "donation is a donation." (Even if it only amounts to 2.7% for every meal sold)
Most of the commenters were in on the joke though. That same, tired old joke thats been retold over and over again in our culture, always at the expense of women and girls.Read more
A number of supporters have contacted us about General Pants 'Wet Dreams' ad campaign spotted in shop front windows of various stores around the country.Read more
The Women's Health Australia "I support women in sport awards" was held this week to recognise the achievements of Australia's female athletes.
Women's Health editor Felicity Harley said the night was "all about giving recognition and telling the stories of Australian sportswomen, who don't get enough coverage for their efforts and talents."
A worthy goal indeed. Harley is right - sportswomen don't get enough coverage for their talents and efforts. The sexual objectification of female athletes is a long-standing problem in our culture which continues to have a negative impact on the health and well-being of women and girls and limits their participation in sport.
This makes the decision to hire topless women for the event - wearing only underpants and body paint -even more bizarre.
Female athletes and advocates for women in sport were quick to call out Women's Health Magazine for reinforcing the sexual objectification of women in sport:Read more
The annual Brownlow Medal award ceremony will be held tonight to celebrate the sporting accomplishments of AFL players.
The Brownlow red carpet highlights a larger trend in the media, where women can be regarded as purely decorative. Wives and Girlfriends of players (identified collectively as WAGS) are observed and celebrated primarily for their physical attractiveness.
In the majority of red carpet interviews, reporters focus on women’s choice of attire, with gossip columns praising women who live up to specific standards of fashion and criticizing those who they deem to fall short.
At the 2011 Brownlows, women were rotated on an elevated platform dubbed the “fashion pod”, likened to a rotisserie displaying women like yum cha.
In 2012 Triple M hosted an online comp "Who's got the hottest WAGs? AFL or NRL? WAG Of Origin!" Visitors to the site can vote "rock" or "shock." SEO tags used by Triple M to draw people to the site include 'boobs' and 'breasts.'
This year the AFL and sponsor Swisse are encouraging viewers to vote for the 'best dressed' on the Brownlow Red carpet.
This constant focus on beauty perpetuates the notion that women are to be valued for their physical appearance rather than their accomplishments or contributions to the world.
This is why we are inviting you to join us in tweeting to reporters and media challenging them to ask these women questions about their achievements, who they are and what they care about. And why not ask them about football?
It is our hope that together we can challenge persistent limiting stereotypes about women and work towards a culture that values women as whole persons, valued for their character and achievements and not just their outward appearance.
Here's what to do:
- Follow Collective Shout on twitter here: www.twitter.com/collectiveshout
- Tweet to @aflbrownlow -Use the hashtags #AskHerMore #Brownlow and #swisseredcarpet
- Retweet other #AskHerMore tweets to reach a wider audience
Share the link to this article with friends and invite them to get involved.
If you're on Facebook, join and share the Facebook event page.Read more