Los Angeles, CA. &ndash Overtly adult content in magazines requires that publications be sold in non-transparent wrappers and only to consumers who are over the age of 18. Yet Cosmopolitan Magazine, with cover articles featuring graphic sexuality such as explicit sex tips, has snuck under the radar, claiming that its publication is targeted to readers who are of age.
Model and actress Nicole Weider is leading a movement asserting that the publication is actively targeting minors. To spotlight this, she points out that they just put 17-year-old Dakota Fanning on the current cover, right alongside a cover line, &ldquoToo Naughty to Say Here. But you HAVE to try this Sex Trick.&rdquo Disney favorite, 19-year-old Selena Gomez, has been reported as the cover model on an upcoming issue. Weider asks, if the magazine is truly not targeting an underage audience, why would it put teen heroines on the cover?
Weider&rsquos 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 fast traction at over 19,000 signatures since its launch, and can be viewed at Tinyurl.com/anticosmo.
&ldquoWe are not asking Cosmopolitan to change their content,&rdquo explains Weider. &ldquoWe simply want them to take responsibility for it. They say it&rsquos for adults, so let them sell it only to adults. This is what we are in communication with the FTC about. If they are going to print sexually explicit articles and images, it should not be marketed and sold to kids. It&rsquos that simple.&rdquo
The American Psychological Association&rsquos 2010 study titled &ldquoReport of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls&rdquo suggests that the proliferation of sexual images of girls in the media is harming and impeding healthy development, self-image and body-image, and is now linked to common mental health problems including eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression (see page 23 of the APA report).
&ldquoExposure to over-sexualization during the early and teen years almost always disturbs the development of a consistent yet flexible sense of self, resulting in deeply rooted objectification and personality disorders.&rdquo explains Los Angeles-based Dr. Shandiz Zandi. &ldquoThese disorders manifest behaviors such as self-mutilation, eating disorders, prostitution, drug addiction and other behaviors that are destructive to self and others and could remain devastating through an entire life span.&rdquo
The campaign began after Weider simply purchased a copy of the magazine. &ldquoI couldn&rsquot believe how pornographic the content had become. I started thinking about my teenage siblings and was horrified that their age-group had easy access to this graphic material.&rdquo
Initially, she made a YouTube video and posted it on her fast-growing website for Christian teens, http://www.projectinspired.com/. The response from young girls who had been negatively affected by the publication was so great that she created the Change.org petition, urging that Cosmopolitan make itself available to adults only.
Weider explains, &ldquoIn recent issues the editors of Cosmo have urged their 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. This subject matter should not be available to minors.
&ldquoWith our Change.org petition, we simply ask that the magazine admit its content is not appropriate for young girls, stop putting teens on the cover and put the magazine in a non-transparent wrapper. It&rsquos that simple. If you aren&rsquot marketing to teen girls, then this request shouldn&rsquot be an issue.&rdquo
The full APA report can be downloaded here:
Fox News on the Change.org campaign:
# # #
For more information or to schedule an interview with Nicole Weider or Dr. Shandiz Zandi, please contact:
Lori Lenz &ndash FrontGate Media