Fighting back against mainstreaming porn to kids

Cradle My Heart Radio | Victoria Hearst, Cosmo Hurts Kids, 4-23-17

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Victoria Hearst

Victoria Hearst

Victoria Hearst shares in the family publishing dynasty built by her grandfather, the late William Randolph Hearst.

But she is no fan of what has happened to the flagship publication, Cosmopolitan magazine.

Victoria is sounding the alarm so that parents and concerned adults can take action to ensure kids and young people don’t have access to the magazine. Far from a mainstream women’s magazine, Cosmo today is pornographic. As such, she says, it shouldn’t be sold where kids can access it.

Her campaign Cosmo Hurts Kids exposes how the magazine routinely targets teens and tweens with pop culture stars and articles about choosing colleges based on lifestyle and sexual freedom on campuses. The stories are placed alongside graphic illustrations and photographs, articles on sexual behavior and other adult content. Thus the goal of the campaign is to have the magazine labeled “Adult Material” so it can’t be sold to anyone under 18.

If you haven’t browsed it recently (and I don’t recommend you do, hence no links in this article) you are not likely prepared for the extent to which the magazine and website rely on explicit sexual content. This is unfolding even as the publication seeks to be taken seriously as journalism for its coverage of reproductive health and abortion.

According to Hearst, she is not interested in censorship. Rather, she notes that the American Medical Association affirms that “sexualization has significant negative mental health consequences for underage girls.” Viewing porn may lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression. Covenant Eyes’ latest research affirms that sexual addiction is a growing problem among girls and women, especially among girls first exposed to pornography before age 13.** Research published in 2014 in the journal Health Communication also shows a link between pornography and support for abortion; both dehumanize and degrade girls and women.

Clearly porn hurts kids. And though Cosmo may be displayed at newsstands alongside mainstream women’s magazines, the content is clearly pornographic.

The CHK campaign has led to officials in Tennessee issuing a letter to retailers and others outlining the penalties for improperly selling and displaying material deemed harmful to minors. Join us this Sunday, April 23 for a conversation with Victoria Hearst. We’ll discuss what you need to know about Cosmo and your kids, and how to take action to keep them safe.

**Covenant Eyes also provides resources for overcoming porn use and addiction. See, for example How Bible Engagement helps Fight Pornography, and their parent-child Bible study for talking to you kids about sex.

From her bio:

The youngest of five girls, Victoria Hearst grew up in the shadow of her grandfather, publishing titan William Randolph Hearst. As a child, she aspired to a career in show business, and spent years studying acting, singing and dancing before moving to Los Angeles at age 18. After guest spots on a popular Japanese television series and the soap opera General Hospital, Victoria became a Christian and her life changed forever. She began to use her talents to further God’s kingdom, opening Praise Productions Christian Store and Praise Him Ministries/Ridgway Christian Center in Ridgway, Colorado. Miss Victoria Hearst sits on the boards of Billye Brim Ministry/Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and Operation Blessing Japan. Miss Hearst is a member of the OR Movement World Leadership Council, working to design and develop communities for Jews in Israel’s Negev and Galilee regions. Victoria’s outreach Cosmo Hurts Kids seeks to have the flagship publication in her famous grandfather’s publishing empire kept out of children’s hands due to its over-sexualixed content.


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3 Comments

  1. Reply

    Brian

    June 16, 2017

    Hello Ms. Ketola,

    I just wrote a letter to Victoria Hearst about her campaign. I tried posting some of this info to your comment section which would’ve shown others who think like your commenter on that article that while no parent would allow their kid to read Cosmo, it seriously cannot be stopped when their articles show up as promoted content on Snapchat’s home page. Snapchat cannot be monitored by phone monitoring software and when children are on it, they can do whatever they want.

    Just thought to share the following with you about Snapchat and how it promotes Cosmo to teen girls and boys. The following is my letter to Ms. Hearst with more details on how to help her campaign and highlight one of Cosmo’s most ardent supporters of supplying their content to teens.

    Thanks,
    Brian Humek

    Dear Ms. Hearst,

    My teen son has been bothering me to allow him to use snapchat, a social media platform that is on millions of under 18 year old kids.

    I tried out snapchat on his new phone, his first phone, and was shocked at what I saw. At the bottom of the snapchat homepage are featured content and one was a magazine article from Cosmo titled, “Why I Hate my One Dark Nipple,” or something quite similar. I can’t remember the exact name of it, but one click on it made me delete snapchat from his phone. My son is still mad at me.

    Snapchat is in dire straits as a company, the leaders of the company are losing millions of dollars each week after an IPO earlier this year. Somehow, pressuring the company, may help them put pressure on Cosmo.

    I want Cosmo articles off of the featured content section of Snapchat’s home page. It’s bad that millions of 13-17 year olds can find porn on Snapchat, but that material from Cosmo is readily available and actually promoted to them by the Hearst Corp.

    I would love to know if you see what I have written to you today. I hope this is not discarded as meaninless. I do think promoted Cosmo material on snapchat which is geared toward under 18 year olds is inappropriate and I do beleive the company is in a vulnerable position where it would cave to pressure at this time.

    The issue is time senstive because on July 30th, company leaders become vested in their stock options after the IPO and can then sell all of their stock in the company, but not until that time.

    Thank you very much,
    Brian Humek

    • Reply

      Kim Ketola

      June 17, 2017

      Hi Brian, Thanks for bringing this to light. I will try to follow up and learn more. I appreciate your listening to Cradle My Heart Radio!

  2. Reply

    Brian

    June 16, 2017

    Sorry to have copied and pasted my email to Tina Griffin. But I did want you to have the info I just left.

    Thank you,
    Brian Humek

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