Girls. I am so excited. The mission I embarked on with you when I launched this site is finally officially getting the major exposure that’s going to change the way Cosmo is marketed!
We all know that Cosmo magazine unashamedly markets to teen girls. They insist in their press kits that their audience is 18-year-olds and over, yet they redesigned the magazine to target younger readers, the former editor-in-chief even ADMITS that they market to underage girls, and they put models on their cover who appeal primarily to teens (for example, stars of shows that only teens watch and everyone knows it!).
Finally, this month they dug their grave by putting underage actress Dakota Fanning on the cover.
I know they have the right to print the pornographic tips they want to print, however it is illegal to market these sex tips to minors. That is a crime, and that is what this whole mission is about. If the magazine is for adults, then let it be sold only to adults.
This is the responsible thing to do. As an older sister, a friend, a Christian leader, and someday (I pray) a mother, I feel it is my duty to protect young eyes from the pornographic cover lines and sex tips within. Let’s get the magazine covered in a non-transparent wrapper and sold to adults only. Kids today are exposed to enough sexual content. They don’t need to be bombarded with it when they accompany their parent to the store.
Read the press release below and, if you still don’t believe me, just look at the pages ripped from a recent issue (I had to block out some text…I’m not going to expose my Project Inspired girls to porn tips!).
I’m doing a flurry of interviews over the next few days. I hope you click in to my Facebook page and “like” it. I will be linking to all the transcripts and podcasts of the interviews as they become available. God bless, Girls!
Successful Model Leading Movement to Prevent Cosmopolitan Magazine from Aggressively Marketing Sex to Minors
Nicole Weider’s Change.org Petition
Seeks FTC Requirement that Cosmo Be Sold Only to Adults
Los Angeles, CA—Overtly adult content requires that publications be sold in non-transparent wrappers to consumers over the age of 18. Yet Cosmopolitan, with cover articles featuring graphic sexuality has snuck under the radar, claiming that its publication is targeted to readers who are of age.
Model Nicole Weider is leading a movement asserting that the publication is actively targeting minors. 17-year-old Dakota Fanning is on the current cover, alongside a cover line, “Too Naughty to Say Here. But you HAVE to try this Sex Trick.” Disney favorite, 19-year-old Selena Gomez, is reported as an upcoming cover model. Weider asks, if the magazine is not targeting an underage audience, why are teen heroines on the cover?
Weider’s Change.org campaign demands that Cosmopolitan be sold in a non-transparent wrapper to adults only to prevent children from buying and reading material inappropriate for their development. The petition already has gained over 20,000 signatures since its launch, and can be viewed at Tinyurl.com/anticosmo.
“We are not asking Cosmopolitan to change their content,” explains Weider. “We simply want them to take responsibility for it. They say it’s for adults, so let them sell it only to adults.”
The American Psychological Association’s 2010 study titled “Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls” suggests that sexual images of girls in the media is harming and impeding healthy development, self-image and body-image, and is linked to common mental health problems including eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression.
The campaign began on her website, ProjectInspired.com, but the response from girls negatively affected by the publication was so great the petition was created.
Weider explains, “In recent issues Cosmo has urged readers to sext, participate in anal sex, accept cheating boyfriends, have public sex, try three-somes, and visit pornographic websites with the URLS conveniently provided.
“With our petition, we simply ask that Cosmo admit its content is not appropriate for young girls, stop putting teens on the cover and wrap the magazine in a non-transparent wrapper. If you aren’t marketing to teen girls, then this request shouldn’t be an issue.”
Download the full APA report here: