Despite broadcasting objectifying and pornified representations of women, reinforcing sexist and harmful stereotypes about women and sexuality, and accusations of bullying and harassing young female staff, sex store Honey Birdette’s go-to refrain is that they are “empowering women”.
This claim is at odds with reality. Read on as we unpack the various ways that Honey Birdette disempowers women and girls.Read more
Cupcakes with a side of WAP-inspired porn
If there was any doubt about the mainstreaming of porn culture, Adelaide bakery The Cupcake Lady has released a range of porn-themed cupcakes for Christmas.
Borrowing phrases and imagery from Cardi B’s pornified chart-topper ‘Wet A** Pu**y’ (WAP), the cupcakes are a reminder that porn - and its harmful messages which disempower women - is everywhere.
[Written by Movement Director Melinda Tankard Reist, originally published 9 February 2017 on ABC Religion and Ethics]
"Every fairy tale has a dark side."
That's the motto of the just released film Fifty Shades Darker, the second in the trilogy of films adapted from E.L. James's Fifty Shades pulp fiction series.Read more
“Violence against women isn’t an anomaly; it is the natural manifestation of a culture in which women are regarded as inferior to men, as objects of sexual recreation and entertainment.”Read more
'We're looking at a future of far more widespread abuse against women and girls if we don't de-radicalise men now'
By James*, Collective Shout Supporter, UK
Radicalisation: the process whereby an individual comes to adopt increasingly radical views in opposition to the accepted norms.