And how a pornified world harms our ability to achieve gender equality
“Pornified messages are bombarding our young people and giving them distorted ideas about their bodies, about relationships, and about sexuality,” says Melinda Tankard Reist, in this podcast interview, “According to global research, (this is) making our kids very unwell.”
We are seeing a rise in negative physical and mental health outcomes, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, self harm, low self-esteem and poor academic performance.
“I believe we are facing a significant crisis amongst our girls,” says Melinda.
Dr Michael Flood's 7 tweets focused on the clear and consistent evidence of pornography’s effects or impact
Just in case you were wondering if the jury was still out on pornography's effects on young people Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, took to Twitter to set the record straight.
We hope community members and policy makers will take note.Read more
Senate hands down their report on 'Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet'
Yesterday the Environment and Communications References Committee released their report on the Inquiry into 'Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet'.
There were four recommendations:Read more
On 2 December 2015, the Senate referred this inquiry to the committee. The inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.
On 13 September 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that the Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament with a reporting date of 23 November 2016.
The committee has resolved not to call for new submissions but to refer to the evidence received during the 44th Parliament. All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.Read more
Collective Shout's co founder Melinda Tankard Reist joins a panel of experts and two young people to discuss the harms of pornography
McDonald's are pushing soft porn to kids by screening hyper-sexualised content on their in-store TV screens throughout restaurants across Australia.
Our petition for McDonald's to implement a national policy regarding family friendly content has gained thousands of signatures.
Over the course of the campaign we have had comments from selected individuals excusing McDonald's behaviour and showing a true lack of understanding of the problem. We have addressed those arguments below.Read more
A NSW father has spoken out against the hyper sexualised music videos displayed in McDonald's restaurants across the country. He was with his six and eight year old children when they were exposed to sexualised content via the in-store TV screen.
Our petition to McDonald's to implement a national policy regarding family friendly content has already gained thousands of signatures.
Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has blocked access to two of the world's largest pornography websites.
Internet service providers had until Tuesday to implement the ban.
The sites now redirect to a message explaining they have been blocked "by decision of public authorities".