TeenVogue.com is refusing to pull a graphic article explaining and promoting anal sex to teenagers, despite widespread outrage from parents.
The article, “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know; How to do it the RIGHT way,” was originally published in July 2017, but was updated in May 2018. Its author, Gigi Engle, writes, “Here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.
“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk,” she adds.
In 2017, the internet safety group Enough Is Enough (EIE) created the “Say No To Teen Vogue” campaign, with a petition that gathered more than 30,000 signatures. On Wednesday, EIE announced it was relaunching the campaign. It called for the boycott of TeenVogue.com until it removes the article and other articles “encouraging minors to actively engage or experiment in risky sexual activity.”
Each time the petition is signed, emails are sent directly to the inboxes of TeenVogue.com editors and the board of directors at Condé Nast, the publication’s parent company. Since the relaunch, the petition has already amassed more than 7,000 signatures.
EIE President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes said TeenVogue.com was no longer “safe” for teens.
“Parents need to know that TeenVogue.com is no longer a safe and trusted resource for their teen and tween sons and daughters,” Hughes said. “We are not going to sit by idly while TeenVogue.com continues to encourage its young readers to engage in ‘the highest risk sexual behavior for HIV transmission’ according to the Center for Disease Control. Hands off our kids!”
In an op-ed for the Christian Post, Hughes argued that it was “irresponsible” for a mainstream magazine to “promote sexual activity of any kind” to teenagers.”
“Since when did it become a teen magazine’s job to try to normalize and prime children to explore sex acts that they might not have ever considered?” she wrote.
“Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston also expressed outrage after the article was published last year, demanding stores pull Teen Vogue from their shelves. In a viral video, Johnston denounces Teen Vogue as “garbage” and rips the magazine apart before throwing it into a fire.
“These editors’ brains are in the gutter,” Johnston said. “Now, let’s put their sales in the gutter, where they belong.”
Reverend Franklin Graham has called the magazine “trash” for “glorifying anal sex.”
“Teen Vogue is now in the category of a porn magazine and should be regulated as such,” he said.
TeenVogue.com’s anal sex guide contains large pictures of male and female reproductive anatomy and offers highly detailed descriptions of “how to have anal sex.” Instead of addressing readers as “boys” and “girls,” Engle uses gender neutral terms like those who “have a prostate” and those who “do not have a prostate.”
Engle’s other articles for TeenVogue.com include “What Consent in BDSM Actually Looks Like,” “6 Myths About Queer Sex Debunked” and “THIS Is How to Masturbate if You Have a Vagina.”
Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth has said the publication’s target age group is 18-24. However, an FAQ page for the TeenVogue Summit says readers as young as 13 may attend the summit, revealing the magazine’s appeal to much younger teens. Rev. Graham has said the magazine’s content reaches kids as young as 11.