As you know, being part of our community allows you to be connected with other members and to keep up with the latest news and campaigns. It is also an easy way for our CS team and our members to communicate with each other. Please continue to use the blogs, the forum and upload your own photos and videos.
So what have we done exactly and why? Well, this is our new ‘splash page.’ It is where we will run our main campaigns and the Collective Shout blog, we will also include interesting links and resources on this page. Having the website set up in this way will allow our campaigns and our blog to present more clearly and will free the community page up to be used by you, our members. You will notice some changes to the community site in the next few days.
As you can see above, we currently have three campaigns on the go. These are “Porn in corner stores”… “Porn in the workplace” and “sexualisation of children in Australia.” Clicking on each of these images will link you to each campaign which details how you can take action. Please check out the campaigns and share with your friends! We will post regular updates on these campaigns and other issues that arise, so check in regularly on the blog and stay connected on the community site too.
What is Collective Shout all about?
Collective Shout is a new grassroots campaigns movement mobilising and equipping individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Collective Shout exposes corporations, advertisers, marketers and media engaging in practices which are offensive and harmful especially to women and girls, but also to men and boys.
Collective Shout is for anyone concerned about the increasing pornification of culture and the way its messages have become entrenched in mainstream society, presenting distorted and dishonest ideas about women and girls, sexuality and relationships.
What will Collective Shout do?
Collective Shout builds on work carried out in recent years around the issue of objectification and sexualisation. This includes research like Australia Institute’s Corporate Paedophilia report, the American Psychological Association’s Taskforce on the Sexualisation of Girls and a number of books – including the recently released Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls.
The harms associated with the increasing sexualisation of childhood and objectification of women have been raised in recent times by community groups such as Kids Free to be Kids, and many others concerned with children's health and wellbeing.
A common response to issues relating to the objectification and sexualisation of women and girls is 'What can we do about it?'
People want to act, but get weighed down and frustrated by complicated complaints procedures.
Collective Shout will make it easier: it will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for concerned people to make their voices heard.
It's time to direct the widespread concern on this issue into a series of hard-hitting and targeted campaigns to bring about the change needed.