Every year, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) publishes their Dirty Dozen list of 12 companies that are major contributors to or profit from sexual exploitation. While I would be lying to you if I said that all of the companies on this list were a surprise to me or that I didn’t wish I had taken these actions sooner I am not going to allow myself to sit in regret and let it slow me down from doing better and continuing to fight for justice. Oftentimes our lives present cognitive dissonance where the priorities and values that we truly hold don’t line up with what we do. That is the nature of being flawed and human but it is also why it is so important to practice constant self-evaluation, set new goals and continually move closer to alignment with our values. For that reason, I’m sharing the steps I am taking in response to the 2019 Dirty Dozen list.
I’m cancelling Netflix.
I still live at home and use my parents’ Netflix account so I can’t actually cancel it. I have, however, requested to my parents that we cancel the account and watch movies and shows we get from the library instead and I’ve deleted the Netflix app from my phone, signed out on my computer, and decided to stop watching Netflix even if the rest of my family does not.
I’m not shopping on Amazon anymore.
I have long felt uncomfortable with the fact that shopping on Amazon does not line up with my values of ethical production and supporting small, local businesses and this list was the last nail in Jeff Bezos’ coffin as far as I’m concerned. My prime account will expire next month, I ordered one last bullet journal and I’m quitting Amazon for good.
I wrote to the Dean of my library about EBSCO.
It would take a lot more time and money than I have to find and attend a university that doesn’t subscribe to EBSCO so rather than totally quitting it I sent an email to the Dean of the UCCS library. I explained how I hate the fact that my tuition dollars are funding a company that contributes to sexual exploitation, asked him to work with EBSCO to fix the problem and offered to get involved any way I can.
Honestly, I’m not sure how to respond to Google’s presence on the list that they are pretty hard to avoid. Other than Google, I don’t currently interact with, or can easily avoid the other companies on this list.
What companies on this list do you interact with and how are you going to respond?
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