This is a new Uber Eats ad. It features Magda Szubanski as her Kath and Kim character, Sharon Strizlecki and Kim Kardashian-West. It’s very well done.
Last year, Bauer Media Group’s Cosmopolitan Australia stopped production.
News.com.au reported that adult magazines, People and Picture will face the same fate by the end of the year.
The soft – core pornography magazines have faced backlash, with 7 – 11 and BP service stations pulling them from the shelves after an online campaign demanded changes.
At the time the article was written, Coles and Woolworths still sold the controversial publications.
Activists and drop in sales blamed for magazines’ demise
Protest from Collective Shout and a decline in sales have been blamed for the collapse of People and Picture.
Former Zoo editor, Paul Merrill has also pointed fingers at the #MeToo movement.
With the #MeToo movement in full flow, [the magazines’] days were always going to be numbered.
While #MeToo has started debate on the treatment of women in workplaces and society and pornography is becoming scrutinised, it is still being watched at a huge rate worldwide. According to Psych Central, in the U.S. alone, 40 million people view porn sites regularly. Most are men, however, a third are women.
The most popular site is PornHub. In 2018, Australia was numbered 12th in the number of views by country.
The downfall of the magazine industry
As I pointed out above and have written in the past, the magazine industry in Australia has been dwindling for some time. Magazines continue to close down.
This is largely due to the Internet and the digitising of news and entertainment.
I also don’t think magazines, like Cosmopolitan Australia, People, Penthouse and Picture have failed to ‘read the room’, so to speak.
Cosmopolitan Australia didn’t move enough beyond the 1970’s. Much of their ‘sex advice’ became laughable. Too many people didn’t buy it (pardon the pun). Personally, the repetition (as well as endless ads) was what got me. The articles (what was left of them) were not very insightful.
Ethical concerns about mainstream pornography
Pornography is not just condemned by conservative Christians. Feminists have long been critics of pornography and its objectification of women. Psychologists and adolescent experts have also been worried about its effect on young people, the brain and relationships.
Last month, SBS aired a three – part documentary, Porn Laid Bare. Six young adults from the UK explored the porn industry in Spain: its production, its affect on the brain and damaging affect on consumers, actors and society as a whole. What struck me was the dangerously fine line between mainstream pornography and sex trafficking.
To me, the collapse of Penthouse and People magazines are a sign of a changing media industry and (slowly) values. Do people still want cheap ‘fast food’ sex entertainment? At the moment, obviously yes. However, I also think that mainstream adult entertainment will have to evolve or die on ethical grounds eventually. Ethical ambiguities that pornography presents will no longer be acceptable.
It’s well known that cyber bullying is a scourge facing too many young people today. School bullies now target their victims after the final bell rings. Homes are no longer a safe haven for many victims.
According to education resource, Bullying No Way, one in five young people under eighteen experience online bullying. It is more common in secondary school than primary school.
It’s important to note that Bullying No Way advises caution when dealing with statistics on bullying.
Of course, numbers surrounding bullying can be hard to pinpoint due to lack of reporting. Shame and fear keep victims silent.
LGBTQ+ youth vulnerable to cyber bullying
The internet, especially social media has been an avenue of connection and exploration for young LGBTQ+ people. However, it can be hazardous too.
Cyber security blogger, Sarah Turner published an article on VPN Mentor suggesting that LGBTQ+ youth are vulnerable online.
In Turner’s study, 695 young people were surveyed. While it’s a small sample, the results are quite alarming.
- 73% of all respondents claimed they’d been harassed online
- 50% of respondents had experienced sexual harassment online
- Asexual people felt the least safe online of all sexual identities
- Transwomen felt most unsafe online out of the gender identities. They also risked being outed.
This is not the only study to suggest LGBTQ+ youth are vulnerable online.
According to ConnectSafely, multiple studies from 2012 onwards concluded that LGBTQ+ young people are up to three times more likely to be cyber bullied than cisgender and straight peers. A 2012 study by Warren Blumenfeld and RM Cooper found that 52% of LGBTQ+ youth between 11 – 22 had been targets of cyber bullies a number of times.
In 2015, Centre of Disease Control (CDC) also found LGBTQ+ youth were more likely to be targets.
I’m usually skeptical of studies that rely on small sample sizes. But there’s a pattern that’s emerged that can’t be ignored.
Cyber bullying of LGBTQ+ people should be dealt with
One of the common arguments against the Safe Schools program was it’s emphasis on LGBTQ+ youth, rather than bullying as a whole.
If Australia is like the US in bullying rates, maybe we do need to have some LGBTQ+ – specific anti – bullying strategies.
I also think that many LGBTQ+ young people still face shame about their sexuality or gender identity. This prevents LGBTQ+ victims from reaching out for help. This exacerbates the pain and humiliation that bullying victims already experience. This is why I strongly believe that schools need to be openly supportive of LGBTQ+ students.
If this post has raised any issues with you or your loved ones, you can contact:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 or via chat on their website
Kids Helpline (for those under 18): 1800 551 800
Like always, if you’re not from Australia, please provide any contact details of counselling services from your area in the comments below.
Final note: the VPN Mentor article was brought to my attention via an email (thank you to the emailer). If you would like to give me any articles, blog posts, or anything else, you can contact me through comments section, the contact form or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll try and get to as many responses/ emails as I can.