We congratulate Amazon today for removing the anatomically correct child sex dolls that have been for sale on its website. The sale of such dolls and similar material has earned Amazon a spot on the National Center’s Dirty Dozen List for the past two years.
We also congratulate the thousands of supporters and activists in the UK, Australia, and in the US who have joined us these last couple of years in demanding this change from Amazon. Your calls, petitions, and social media posts have moved them to reject profits from these.
THANK THEM NOW (and demand more)!
While Amazon is to be commended for finally removing many of these dolls the company is still profiting from sexual exploitation, with at least a dozen dolls with child-like faces on adult bodies still for sale. You can see screenshots of dolls still for sale on April 13, 2018 here.
In today’s #MeToo culture, where sexual harassment and assault are rampant, corporations like Amazon have a renewed corporate responsibility to refrain from normalizing or promoting material that promotes sexual exploitation. We request that Amazon remove all sex dolls immediately from its platform and evaluate whether or not they will continue to contribute to a culture that treats women and children as mere sex objects.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is known for selling virtually anything online for the sake of profit. In addition to the sale of child-like sex dolls, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has complained of the sale on Amazon of photography books with eroticized child nudity, and pornographic magazines. Their Amazon Kindle e-reader is riddled with sexually explicit content containing incest, babysitter, and group-sex themes. Amazon Prime produces highly sexualized television programming and provides no means for blocking unwanted recommendations for sexually explicit programs.
Read full article here.
At Collective Shout, we’ve been campaigning against Amazon for years. Back in 2010, after a global protest, Amazon removed The Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct from its site, a book endorsing sexual crimes against children.
Amazon was also among a number of retailers exposed for selling rape and incest themed ‘erotic’ ebooks, with titles such as "Taking My Drunk Daughter" and "Taking My Stepdaughter's Virginity".
Amazon’s removal of childlike sex dolls is a significant step forward, but more still needs to be done.
Twenty Victorian men arrested over child exploitation material depicting torture of children and newborn babies
***"Trigger warning: child exploitation''
Twenty men across Victoria have been arrested over child exploitation offences, with police seizing photos and videos of children and babies being tortured.
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told the Herald Sun that each month hundreds of Victorians shared millions of images of child abuse material.
“We know there are links between this type of online activity and contact offending, so it’s important that we target anyone prepared to source this type of material in any way,” he said.
Source: Victoria Police
Mr Patton said the material showed children, and even newborn infants, in sexually provocative poses and in pain.
Writing in response to the Royal Commission into institutionalised child sexual abuse, Collective Shout co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist said:
There is deep distress in the community that defenceless children are used in such evil ways. But the broader culture that encourages the abuse of the children goes unaddressed. The same loathing that is directed toward child sexual abuse has not been extended to the mainstream promotion of paedophilic fantasies for profit.
Melinda Tankard Reist pointed out that this abuse of children was also driven by a culture that normalises and eroticises child sexual assault.
We’ve exposed mainstream retailers for their promotion of child sexual abuse. Bookworld was forced to withdraw hundreds of rape and incest titles, many of which portrayed the rape of girls by their fathers as erotic and desirable.
After months of campaigning against Amazon in 2010, they finally delisted ‘The Paedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure”, a book written by an actual paedophile endorsing sexual crimes against children. Amazon continues to attract criticism for its sexualised content involving children and babies, including sexy nurse outfits for toddlers.
Australian sex shops sell replica vaginas for men’s use, modelled on the bodies of little girls and promoted as “fresh” and “innocent” with intact hymens. Chemist Warehouse sold the ‘Virgin Palm Pal’ men’s sex toy until we exposed them in 2015.
Major retailers sell sexualised clothing for girls, including padded bras, and advertising features children posed and styled in increasingly adultified ways, inviting us to see them as older than they really are.
Service stations around the country sell ‘barely legal’ style porn magazines featuring girls with braces and pigtails.
As Melinda Tankard Reist concludes,
We are destroying the cultural norms that once taught male adults that children’s bodies are off-limits to sexual use. We cannot fully address child sexual abuse until we reject a culture that glamorises it.
It’s that time of year again. Every year in the lead up to Christmas, we release our annual blacklist of corporate offenders who have objectified women and sexualised girls throughout the year.
You can send a message about the importance of corporate social responsibility by ‘voting with your wallet’ and making ethical purchasing choices. Give these stores a miss this holiday season.
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” –Anna Lapse
It's that time of year again, already! As Christmas approaches, retailers are kicking it up a notch competing for your business, and Collective Shout releases our annual blacklist of corporate offenders who have sexualised girls and objectified women throughout the year. These companies do not respect women, they have not changed their ways, and they don't deserve your money.
You can speak with your wallet and show these companies that sexually exploiting women and girls is bad for business.
Below is our boycott list for 2016:Read more
Amazon have a long history of selling exploitative products. We've been challenging them to do better since they stocked "The Paedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A child-lovers code of conduct" back in 2010. They initially argued freedom of speech but eventually pulled the product from their shelves.
Sadly the list of vile products stocked by Amazon has only gotten longer since then.
So let's just get one thing clear, 'sexy' and 'toddler' should NEVER go together to sell a product. Yet somehow this product titled 'Sexy Nurse Toddler T-Shirt' ended up on Amazon.Read more
*Trigger Warning - rape, incest, sexual assault. Content may be distressing and NSFW*
It has been widely reported that global retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble and WH Smith have been selling rape, incest and abuse themed e-books.Read more
Cross'em off your Christmas list
Jingle bells, Christmas is here. Well, it was here around October according to most retailers! But that’s another blog entirely. So it’s time for you to fill the Christmas stocking, Christmas hamper or car boot with goodies again.Read more