Stand with S.E. Cupp Against Hustler's Misogyny
  • Petitioned Michael H. Klein

This petition was delivered to:

President, LFP Publishing
Michael H. Klein
Director of Public Relations, LFP Publishing
Victoria Hurley
Editorial Director, Hustler Magazine
Bruce David
Asst. Managing Editor / Research Director, Hustler Magazine
Mark Johnson
Publisher, Hustler Magazine
Larry Flynt

Stand with S.E. Cupp Against Hustler's Misogyny

    1. Petition by

      Women's Media Center

This week’s attack by Hustler Magazine on conservative pundit S.E. Cupp wasn’t the first time that the infamous porn rag printed a faked photograph of a celebrity with a penis in her mouth. But their weak attempt at justification—citing Cupp’s “dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood”—represents a new low in political discourse. Such debasing sexualization of a female commentator as retribution for her political views sends a clear signal that women who voice their opinions in the public sphere do so only at risk of the most blatant objectification.

We at Women's Media Center can and do disagree with Cupp’s position on women’s need for access to the healthcare services provided by Planned Parenthood, among other issues. Only last week, Women’s Media Center called out her characterization of the Violence Against Women Act as a “redundancy.” But the Hustler image seeks to deny her participation in public dialogue entirely, in a way that crosses all boundaries of taste and conscience.

Sexualization of women in the media is not a partisan issue—it’s an ongoing problem that makes it harder for women on both sides of the aisle to run for office or to be taken seriously as political commentators and media makers. From Gloria Steinem to Sarah Palin, a woman’s political opinions, whatever they are, should never be met with sexist attacks.

We don't expect Hustler to change. Degrading women behind a thin curtain of legally-protected “satire” is the way they have sold magazines for decades. But the boundaries of taste and conscience are drawn much more narrowly than the boundaries of legality. We call on women and men, no matter where they are on the political spectrum, to stand with S.E. Cupp against media misogyny against outspoken women. No matter where they are on the political spectrum.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. WMC Statement: Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center Denounce Hustler

      Hustler Magazine has posted a picture of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp with a Photoshopped penis in her mouth. This is a prime example of sexism against women in the media and the Women’s Media Center stands with S.E. Cupp and women everywhere in condemning Hustler. [...]

    3. You did it! Blasted past our original goal of 1,000 signatures in 19 hours!

      We made our goal of 1,000 signatures on our petition standing with S.E. Cupp against Hustler magazine's pornographic and degrading attempt to silence her for her politics. And we did it in just 19 hours! Thank you all! Men and women, right and left, you spoke up and said with an unmistakable voice: #istandwithsecupp and THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

      But, because we clearly underestimated how passionate you all are (why? why did we do that?) we're increasing our goal. Let's keep this going all the way to 2,500 signatures. Give us a boost right now by sharing with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, carrier pigeon... Thank you again!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Halfway to our goal on #IStandWithSECupp petition in just 13 hours!

      In only 13 hours, we're halfway to our goal of 1,000 signatures against Hustler Magazine's offensive and pornographic attack on conservative pundit S.E. Cupp! We want to hit our goal in the first day of the petition campaign—meaning by midnight Eastern time tonight. You've already signed (thank you!) but have you asked your friends to do so as well? Please share our petition with them and ask them to stand with us in saying that turning a political woman into a porn object is NOT OKAY, no matter what her politics are.

    6. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Heather Frederick AUSTIN, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      While I despise those who say Planned Parenthood ought to be defunded, sexually attacking women who speak out should never be condoned by anyone. Shame on Hustler's editors for supporting violence against women!

    • Karen Johnson SARASOTA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I went to a Rebuild the American Dream training and was called a Slut for wanting free birth control for all women. Everybody laughed, but there wasn't anything funny about it.

    • Vince Feriozzi DECATUR, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      You are playing with fire by doing this...

    • Mary Ann Fatigate TARPON SPRINGS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because this magazine is nothing but smut and should be pulled off the shelves!

    • Johanna Parrish VIRGINIA, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      That is just terible what Hustler published. Now they have ruined this lady's reputation before she could even build her career. I would hate for some one at my office to ruin my career.


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