'Seventeen' Magazine Selling Threesomes to Teen Girls

Ashley Benson, 'Seventeen'
Ashley Bensonand the April cover of 'Seventeen,' of which she is on the cover, promoting her new movie 'Spring Breakers' (ashleybenson.net)

In their latest issue, Seventeen is selling threesomes to 12-year-oldsMorality in Media is joining with Parents Television Council to stand up for their kids.

Threesomes, drugs, nudity and violence. Spring Breakers, a new movie starring Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and former Disney tween-idols Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, earned a hard R rating for such content, but that hasn’t stopped Seventeen magazine from promoting the film to their readers, who start as young as age 12.

"Think for a moment about who reads Seventeen magazine: Eighteen-year-old girls don’t aspire to be 17-year-old girls," Morality in Media said in a newsletter Wednesday. "Instead, it is young girls, primarily those in the 12-17 age range, who are the primary target audience for Seventeen. And the magazine editors believe that a steamy sexual threesome—including actors beloved and admired by young girls through their Disney Channel program—is appropriate content to inspire the behavior of our daughters and granddaughters."

A recent survey commissioned for U.K.-based parenting site Netmums.com found that nearly 70 percent of parents believe childhood innocence now ends at the age of 12 because of a “toxic combination” of media and cultural influences. Two in five thought magazines aimed at tweens but containing sexual content suitable for older teenagers forced their kids to grow up faster.

"Seventeen magazine is now squarely in the camp of innocence-eroding toxic influences that are robbing our children of their childhood," the organization said.

Click here to send a letter to Hearst and Seventeen magazine.

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