Stop selling porn t-shirts
  • Petitioned City Beach

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City Beach
City Beach

Stop selling porn t-shirts

    1. Caitlin Roper
    2. Petition by

      Caitlin Roper

      Perth, Australia

Youth retailer City Beach sells clothing, such as t-shirts, with highly sexualized adult images on them. This clothing objectifies and depicts semi-naked women as always willing and available for sex. It undermines equality and respect for women. Some clothing shows women gagged or battered, including a t-shirt with a bruised woman alongside the slogan ‘It’s only illegal if you get caught’.

In addition to clothing with pornographic images, City Beach also stocks porn-themed thongs, caps, drink coolers, wallets, stickers, i-phone covers, pencil cases and air fresheners. Another item sold is a novelty remote control entitled ‘Control Your Woman’, each button with a different command, one of them being ‘blowjob’. ‘Control Your Man’ remotes are not sold. City Beach promotes a culture of sexism to their target demographic of young men.

City Beach sells TITS brand products, a U.S. brand renowned for using well-known porn stars as models for their designs. TITS brand was nominated for an award at the pornography industry’s annual awards ceremony, the 2012 Adult Video News Awards. City Beach sells TITS brand t-shirts, singlets, hoodies, board shorts, underwear, wallets and hats for young men.

Sexual harassment laws prevent unsolicited exposure to sexual material in the workplace. Pornographic material is being imposed on both customers and young employees, who are required to handle and sell such material. In selling items such as pencil cases, young people and teachers in schools could also experience sexual harassment, as was the case last month in WA when a Year 8 student brought a City Beach porn pencil case to school.

City Beach sends a consistent message to their target market of youth that it is normal and acceptable to view women as sexual objects for men’s entertainment, to be valued for their bodies and sexuality, and to treat them accordingly. Let’s send them a message- this behavior is not okay.

For photographic evidence visit:

http://porntees.blogspot.com/search/label/City%20Beach

To find us on facebook visit:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Say-no-to-porn-t-shirts/163212907070593

Recent signatures

    News

    1. City Beach forced to remove smoking t-shirts from sale

      Caitlin Roper
      Petition Organizer

      City Beach is in breach of anti-smoking laws. Various t-shirts, including porn t-shirts, depicted women smoking. This advertises smoking, and is illegal. See the email from Tobacco Control below:

      The Department has investigated these matters. The Department wrote to City Beach concerning the potential breaches of the Act and City Beach responded that they would withdraw the t-shirts in question. The Department has subsequently checked the online store and is satisfied that the t-shirts in question are no longer available. City Beach also gave the Department an assurance that they have now implemented a company policy to ensure that no products with smoking or cigarette references are purchased by City Beach.

      If you have any further queries, please send an email to tobaccoadvertising@health.gov.au

      Yours sincerely

      International and Regulatory Section
      Tobacco Control Taskforce

    2. Lance 'Buddy' Franklin porn t-shirt company condemned by AFL

      Caitlin Roper
      Petition Organizer

      AFL player Buddy Franklin is the owner, director and model for porn themed fashion line Nena and Pasadena. Collective Shout has been campaigning against this brand for over a year. The AFL has condemned his clothing line as it breaches their Respect and Responsibility policy, put in place to create a more inclusive, safe environment for women.

      Nena and Pasadena brand is sold at City Beach stores.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Response from City Beach Human Resources

      Caitlin Roper
      Petition Organizer

      Petition creator Caitlin Roper spoke with City Beach HR representative Anita Dorwald following a protest held at the Warringah Mall store in Sydney. Ms Dorwald denied that City Beach sells pornographic items to teenagers and made several other arguments, which you can find detailed at the link below.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. City Beach still selling 'discontinued' porn items at Back to School Sale

      Caitlin Roper
      Petition Organizer

      In December, City Beach received negative press for their porn-themed Unit brand pencil cases. City Beach stated that these pencil cases would be discontinued. The following week, the same pencil cases were found in City Beach stores around the country at discounted prices in the 'Bargain Bins'.

      City Beach continue to sell the 'discontinued' porn pencil cases at their Back To School sale, seen in various stores in the last week.

      In August last year, after the large volume of complaints and police involvement, City Beach responded, saying they would discontinue their graphic 'Foreplay' t-shirt. This t-shirt had four naked women together, reminiscent of 'girl on girl' themed pornography. One woman was also gagged. Five months later, it is still available for sale.

      Visit Collective Shout on facebook to see the photo taken last week.

    7. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ed Drain FAIRFAX, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We really need to halt the pornification of our young.

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    • Susan Gallagher SOUTHPORT BC QLD, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I have a daughter! But trust me If I had a son, he wouldn't be wearing this crap!

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    • cindy voltz FRENCHS FOREST, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This shows that girls are worthless and don't need to be treated with respect.

      Teenagers will expect girl to be like the shirts.

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    • Nicole Adler NARRAWEENA, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I do not want my Sons thinking this insidious abuse of Women is ok!

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    • Rachel Prest NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This creates a culture that violence towards women is acceptable. Our young men need to be nurtured and cherished in their choices that purchasing this type of clothing is not ok and not acceptable

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