I am livid. After reading Fight the New Drug’s post about companies that are profiting off porn, I was furious to learn that some of my favorite companies made the “Dirty Dozen” list that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) puts together each year…….
“The ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, is a who’s who compilation of leading contributors to sexual exploitation in America. The list highlights major companies and other organizations that are directly choosing to profit off pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation.”
While I am thrilled that Hilton and Starwood Hotels and Resorts have implemented policies to no longer provide pornography choices as part of their pay-per view television offerings, I am sickened by the fact that these following five businesses have no intention of removing anything regarding pornography or sexual exploitation from their services.
- Amazon - Yes, I said Amazon. Shocking isn’t it? It turns out that Amazon is a worldwide facilitator of sexual exploitation. They distribute pornography and sadomasochistic paraphernalia; their Kindle e-reader exposes children to sexually explicit images and content with incest, rape, and child themes; and Amazon Web Services is used to host pornography and prostitution websites.
- Verizon - I am very happy to say that I am an AT&T user but for those of you using Verizon for various communication outlets, you might want to reconsider. Verizon is profiting from sexual exploitation each year through pay-per-view movies and dedicated pornography channels on its Fios TV services, as an Internet service provider, and wireless carrier. Verizon has even defended their decision to offer incest, child, and trafficking-themed pornography as a benefit to their customers.
- HBO - I will admit, I watch HBO. Movies, documentaries and television series are just a few examples of their entertainment packages. Unfortunately, HBO has a long history of using sexual exploitation and violence to entertain. With a well established reputation of pushing the boundaries of decency in its programming through heavy utilization of sexual content that descends into depictions of softcore pornography and routine portrayals of graphic sexual violence, HBO is a major contributor to the culture of sexual exploitation. If that isn’t bad enough, their channel, HBO Zone, airs movies and original programs aimed at young adults ages 18-34, and features pornographic movies.
- Snapchat - There is a lot of discussion about social media and how to protect our kids. I wrote about how we can use social media to connect with our kids, Monica gave us Seven Steps that Might Save Your Kid when it comes to social media and Kristen lists 10 Things We Need to Teach our Kids About Social Media. The problem is, Snapchat is arguably the most popular smartphone app used by Millennials and teens, but Snapchat is frequently used for sexting and the sharing of self-produced child sexual abuse images. Additionally, the built-in feature Snapcash has enabled Snapchat and its users to monetize and profit from the exchange of pornography. Snapchat’s business model facilitates sexual exploitation yielding hefty profits for the company without any regard for the associated harms. Transactions range around $1 to $5, but “donations” or payment for personalized sex shows can delve into the double digits.
I don’t even know what to think! Should we boycott these companies? Should we be more careful in how we search? Or just totally restrict our kids from using such sites or businesses? What do you think?
Maybe we should just run for the hills and live as cavemen…..sometimes I wish we could. But the truth is, hiding under a rock is not possible and we are called to live a life of purity and train up our kids to do the same. So how do we do that in this day and age when we are obviously surrounded by so many insidious influences?
Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts? What measures are you taking to protect your kids, yourself and, your marriage for that matter? Because pornography and sexual exploitation are not just about protecting our kids…….
We are going to be discussing pornography’s damaging effects on marriage in the next post in our series on Sex and Intimacy in Marriage and you are definitely not going to want to miss out!