We have all seen them; the ‘Porn T Shirts’ that depict semi naked women and equally offensive slogans. The men who wear them seem oblivious to the fact that they are not only offensive but also objectify women.

So what can be done about them?

We have the technology and today that gives everyone a voice– anyone can start up a grass roots campaign to fight the images in society that degrade and sexualise women.

This is just what Caitlin Roper has done. She is a mother of 3 and is so outraged by the recent soft porn images being offered on T shirts by various manufacturers and labelled clothing that she has started a Facebook page called Say No to Porn T Shirts.

It already has the support of:

  • Generation Next
  • Julie Gale, Director, Kids free to be kids
  • Body Matters Australasia
  • Collective Shout
  • Rita Butera, Executive Director, Womens Health Victoria
  • Life Smart Solutions
  • Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
  • Melinda Tankard Reist, author and Womens advocate
  • Catherine Manning, Say no 4 kids
  • Dannielle Miller, CEO, Enlighten Education
  • Caroline Norma, Coalition Against Trafficking Women Australia
  • Steve Biddulph, author and Australian Father of the year 2000

So if you also feel strongly about the sexualisation of women go to Say No to Porn T Shirts and have your say. Every bit helps combat the current trend in society to objectify and degrade women.

During her research for The Seduction of Girls: The Human Cost (featured in Getting Real by Melinda Tankard Reist), Generation Next speaker and Maggie Hamilton says she spoke to several psychologists.

One said “there is a huge desensitisation around sexualised images. The boundaries have become blurred not just for girls, but their parents, and the whole of society. You can’t drive down the street without seeing this material. If the images were put up at work, they’d be seen as sexual harassment, but we constantly see women in pornographic poses.”

“So why are we surprised that young girls are participating in rainbow parties and having anal sex? It’s been sold to them as empowerment; it’s a great con job.”

If you would like to show your support for this campaign go to Say No to Porn T Shirts on Facebook.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Say No to Porn T Shirts Facebook page