Racist, sexist: why porn mags had to go
Yesterday Bauer Media Group announced that People and Picture magazines were axed for good. Since then, we've heard from thousands of supporters celebrating this significant win for women and girls. Our campaign and this outcome has attracted significant media interest.
Through our campaign, we have relentlessly exposed the true nature of these 'Unrestricted M rated' magazines - porn. We have repeatedly made the case for why they should not be sold in service stations and ultimately, why they shouldn't be sold anywhere:
The display and sale of pornographic magazines in the public space creates a hostile environment for women and girls. Decades of empirical research shows this. A meta-analysis of 109 publications containing 135 studies found:
“regular…exposure to [sexually objectifying] content are directly associated with a range of consequences, including higher levels of body dissatisfaction, greater self-objectification, greater support of sexist beliefs and of adversarial sexual beliefs, and greater tolerance of sexual violence toward women. Moreover, experimental exposure to this content leads both women and men to have a diminished view of women’s competence, morality, and humanity.” (Media and Sexualization: State of Empirical Research, 1995–2015)
While we've had a massive number of supportive responses there has, not unexpectedly, been a backlash from those with personal and vested interests in 'business as usual.' We've seen evidence of this in social media comments where news sites have published articles about the demise of People and Picture. We've also received messages directly from men, objecting to our campaign and lamenting the loss of their service station porn.
So, we've made the case once again where our campaign began - on twitter.
You can read our tweets below. We have published two twitter moments. One addresses the defenders of pornography. The other shows exactly why Picture and People magazine had to go - using their own words.
Caution: images are explicit.