Australian ‘sexploitation' expert Melinda Tankard Reist will be bringing her message about the link between pornography and violence to Bay parents, educators and youth next week
Melinda is the co-founder of the grassroots campaign ‘Collective Shout' which exposes corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell their products and services.
Her trip to Tauranga has been organised by local tech company Safe Surfer which is also passionate about reducing the harm pornography is causing in society.
Safe Surfer co-founders Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair believes Melinda's message is an important one for local families that needs to be heard
“Melinda is one of the world's best presenters on the damage advertisers and pornography can do to our youth and she has a huge ability to shift our current highly-sexualised youth culture.
“Her ‘Collective Shout' campaign generated momentum in Australia that has forced some of the biggest retail brands to withdraw inappropriate products and axe commercials thanks to sheer public pressure.”
A free lecturefor parents and educators entitled ‘Too Sexy Too Soon: what media, internet, marketing and pop culture are teaching your children and what you can do about it' will be held at 7pm, Wednesday, July 5 at Lifezone Church, 7 Oak Lane, Judea.
Melinda will also speak to 1500 Bay teenagers at organised school and youth group events where she'll deliver the same message tailored to a younger audience.
Her message directly to Bay school students will be equally as powerful. ‘Pornography, the internet and sexualised advertising have a direct impact on the way youth view their own self-image, love and relationships.'