With your support, Collective Shout has continued to challenge sexploitation at every level during 2018. It is because of our supporters all over the country (and overseas) that our collective voice and impact continues to grow so thank you and here's to keeping up the fight in 2019!
Here’s a few of the highlights from this year:
We successfully lobbied for legislation against Wicked Campers that will see vans with explicit slogans de-registered and off the road.
We were invited to collaborate in the first Australian research to examine links between advertising, equality and women’s health, conducted by Women’s Health Victoria. You can read it here.
We contributed submissions to the following government inquiries: Submission on the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and Online Content Scheme Reviews and Commonwealth Modern Slavery Bill 2018.
Online shopping app ‘Wish’ pulled child sex dolls from sale following our campaign.
We rebooted our campaign against sex store chain Honey Birdette’s window ads in family shopping centres, which continues to gain momentum. Over 70,000 people have signed our petition calling on shopping centres to take action against the retailer’s porn-inspired ads.
We joined a coalition of women’s groups, survivors and academics in signing an open letter against the normalisation of sex dolls and sex robots.
Co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist was a speaker at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit in Washington, DC.
We exposed Frank Body for using the language of sexual harassment to promote their ‘send nudes’ cosmetic.
Our campaign calling for serial domestic abuser Charlie Sheen’s visa to be revoked received international media attention.
Collective Shout activists Melinda Liszewski and Caitlin Roper, along with co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist, gave speeches at the Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation at RMIT university in Melbourne.
We successfully defended our movement against legal threats from Sexpo. Sexpo had brought a law suit against Collective Shout after our campaign against Sexpo’s promotion of live-streamed porn shows on public buses. Our victory was documented in Dignity Journal.
We reached thousands of young people who are now more equipped to navigate a sexed-up world.
As always, we couldn’t do it without you! We look forward to your continued support in the new year.
If you would like to contribute financially to our work you can do so here.
SONY has blocked the Western release of an 'adult role-playing game' that saw the player undress schoolgirls and fondle their breasts while on a quest for the holy grail.
The Video Standards Council (VSC) objected to its "setting within a 'school' environment”, saying it "clearly promotes the sexualisation of children via the sexual interaction between the game player and the female characters."
Collective Shout has campaigned for the end of the sexualisation of girls in pop culture, the media and mainstream marketing over the past decade. For instance, in 2016,6 Amazon was marketing a ‘Sexy Nurse Toddler T-Shirt', where the shirt had drawn in a fake cleavage, available in sizes for 2-6-year-old girls. Just recently, Collective Shout helped to remove child sex dolls from Amazon’s website. For a long time, Amazon has contributed to a culture of sexual abuse by allowing the sale of novels that normalises paedophilia. The sale of such dolls and similar material has earned Amazon a spot on the NCOSE's Dirty Dozen List for the past two years.Read more
Naomi, a 13-year-old Melbourne student, saw this large billboard advertising DFO with the catchline: ‘Starving for Style’. She knew it was wrong, and got her Mum to contact us.
''I knew it was wrong, because it was promoting anorexia, sending a message that you need to be skinny to be fashionable, which is obviously not true!'' Naomi told me.
We called on the company to exercise Corporate Social Responsibility. Our in-house eating disorder specialist Sarah McMahon pointed out the harmful impacts of trivialising what can be a life-threatening mental health condition by associating it with fashion and style.
24 hours later, the company apologised, claimed it was an 'error', and withdrew the billboard.
Growing numbers of young people are realising that they don't need to be passive victims of toxic cultural messages. They can be part of the change. Take Christie, 17, from Geelong Victoria, who writes:
''Today whilst listening to your talk, it was as though I was taking a step back and fully seeing the scale and magnitude of indoctrination and manipulation. Gender stereotypes and female exploitation have affected me and the people I know… I believe men are also victims of society’s conceptions and that their behaviours are partially due to their expected dominance / sense of entitlement. I would like to be part of the change, and I hope that I can help to spread this message to people in all aspects of my life. Thank you for dedicating your time and not being afraid to stand out.’’
Thank you to those of you who have given towards our end of financial year tax appeal. Since last Tuesday, we are over $5,500 closer to our target of $14,500.
Remember - a generous donor will match all donations received before June 30. Your $53 becomes $106 - doubling the impact. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Your gift today will help more young women like Naomi and Christie create cultural change in their lifetime.
Melinda Tankard Reist & the Collective Shout team
Honey Birdette has been ordered to remove objectifying ads in a recent ASB ruling:
Overall, in the ASB's view, the advertisement did breach Section 2.4 of the Code which states that "Advertising or Marketing Communications shall treat sex, sexuality and nudity with sensitivity to the relevant audience. Finding that Honey Birdette's advertisement did breach this section of the code, the ABS upheld the complaints that it received.
In another related win, The Adelaide Advertiser has reported that Rundle Mall Myer Centre manager Peter Lee has told Honey Birdette that their shopping centre will not allow these ads. Mr Lee has said:
“We have been liaising with the retailer’s national office in this regard and have requested the current posters be removed from display as soon as possible”
LEAGUE players who have committed an offense of domestic violence, sex offences or disrespecting women could face life bans under new NFL guidelines to end a culture of “covering up” and paying “hush money” to victims.
In what would be a first for an Australian football code, the NRL has adopted a number of new punishments for players found guilty of violence against women, which could result in bans ranging from nine months to life.Read more
The Berlin Government has become one of the latest to ban sexist advertising in public places.
Kids play centre Bounce has withdrawn sexualised music videos from their centres after body image activist Taryn Brumfitt wrote a blog post expressing her frustration at children being bombarded with sexist and sexually objectifying imagery while at the centre.Read more