We recently shared to Facebook the latest Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism, and Masochism (BDSM) style posters hanging in Honey Birdette's shop windows for school holidays. We intentionally added blurred sections across the chest and genital region before posting. As a campaigning movement it is important to our strategy that we alert supporters when there is an ad that needs calling out.
The post read:
Westfield partners with p*rn giant for back to school child grooming - take action!
Content warning - *we have censored the ad
Our Engagement Coordinator Coralie Alison spotted this graphic p*rn themed Honey Birdette ad at a Westfield shopping centre while back-to-school shopping with young children.
The Playboy-owned s*x shop window ad - labelled ‘Stephanie Black’ - features near naked women in cut-out bondage wear that exposes their genital region. One is topless, wearing nipple pasties.
The shopping centre is currently running kids’ school holiday activities and other promos enticing parents to come purchase children’s school supplies.
Last year Ad Standards upheld community complaints against a similar shop window ad for the ‘Stephanie’ bondage range.
*Take action: Tell Westfield to pull Honey Birdette’s BDSM-p*rn themed ad
Contact Westfield ANZ
Let us know if you get a response.
We then got alerted by Facebook that our post had violated their Community Standards on adult sexual solicitation. We were even warned that our account may be restricted or disabled.
Yet Honey Birdette's post (without blurring) was still able to be up on Facebook for anyone 13 and older to see.
We disagreed with Facebook's decision and asked for an appeal.
Our appeal was reviewed and our original post was found to not be in violation of Facebook's Community Standards and was reinstated.
We (a small charity challenging sexual exploitation) were targeted by Meta (a trillion dollar company) whilst Playboy owned sex shop Honey Birdette wasn't.
We have also lodged a complaint with Ad Standards and will update our supporters as soon as the Panel makes a determination. We encourage all community members concerned about the pornification of shop front window displays to write to their Shopping Centre management and to lodge their own complaint with Ad Standards. You can lodge a complaint here.Read more
*WIN: 'Miners Get Vaginas' cap pulled!*
We asked Caterpillar - a construction and mining equipment manufacturer - if they were aware their logo was on the cap. They replied:
"These items were not created, manufactured, or authorised for sale by CAT Australia. We strongly disapprove of the offensive themes depicted and are grateful for your notification. We are committed to taking immediate action to halt the distribution of these unauthorised products."
We are pleased to see this sexist cap has been now removed from the website. But it is not a one off. There are a range of other degrading caps available for sale. We call on Country Trucker Caps to remove all their sexist and objectifying products and stop contributing to real harm to women and girls.
"At the same time the Australian Government is investing significant money and resources to address widespread sexual harassment and sexual violence in the mining industry, Country Trucker Caps is encouraging men in the mining industry to see women as vaginas for their use"Read more
Yesterday we took to social media to ask CEO Jane Hastings to exercise corporate social responsibility and remove the p*rny image in the Rydges Gold Coast location mens toilets.
These types of situations and wins give me hope and encouragement that together we can take a stand and say no to the sexualisation, objectification and discrimination of wahine. We can work together towards a better future for our kids. Thanks Collective Shout" - Holly
Hotel creates hostile environment for women and girls
A supporter contacted us recently after spotting a large, pornographic print hanging inside the entrance of the men's toilets at Rydges (hotel), Gold Coast. The print features a faceless, naked woman posed spread-legged and head arched backwards. Her genital region is obscured by an ornament placed in front of it.
Update: 71 accounts now gone from Twitter.
We are celebrating a big win with more child sex abuse doll promoters being removed from the platform. Collective Shout have been instrumental in bringing these accounts to the attention of Twitter heads who then have fast tracked the process of suspending the accounts.
Please DM me with a few of the user handles.— Ella Irwin (@ellagirwin) April 7, 2023