August 15, 2017

Statement from Donna Rice Hughes: Calling on Conde Nast to Take Down Teen Vogue Article

Great Falls, Va -- Enough Is Enough® (EIE), a national non-profit Internet safety organization, is appalled that Teen Vogue and publisher Conde Nast have ignored a national outcry to remove a “sex guide” promoting sodomy for its young readers. Demands for the article's removal from, include more than 26,000 signatures from concerned citizens on EIE’s online petitionoutrage by online activiststhat have gone viral, and strong opposition from leaders of respected family organizations including Franklin Graham. Nonetheless, Teen Vogue has refused to remove its July 7th article, titled Anal Sex: What You Need to Know/How to Do it the Right Way, which contains numerous diagrams of both the female and male genitalia and states: “This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.” 

Teen Vogue’s response to the article’s backlash included a Twitter posting from the magazine's digital editor, Philip Picardi, featuring a photo of him kissing another man and sticking up his middle finger, calling backlash over the article homophobic. It would seem appropriate to suggest that any reputable employer would immediately denounce that type of response from an employee and consider termination over the offense. 

Given that the editors of Teen Vogue, as well as the publication’s owner Conde Nast, have dismissed the uproar to have this article removed immediately, we are turning up the heat and urging concerned citizens to cancel their subscriptions to Teen Vogue and other Conde Nast-owned publications. We can no longer trust in their content or the parent company’s integrity and corporate responsibility. Targeting tweens and teens with graphic, inappropriate content suggesting they experiment in sexual activity of any kind crosses the line, and we won’t stand for it. 

Together, we can show Conde Nast that we won’t tolerate their blatant disregard for the innocence of children by no longer purchasing or subscribing to their publications,including: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, The Scene, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Backchannel, and Ars Technica.

EIE continues to encourage all concerned citizens who are outraged to sign the petition  directed at the Teen Vogue editors and demand its immediate removal.


Listen here Ms. Hughes’ hour-long interview with radio host Eric Metaxas as they discuss their concern and calls for action over the Teen Vogue article.

Enough Is Enough® is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE's efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community. Donna Rice Hughes’ press kitcan be found here.