Walmart recently announced that Cosmopolitan magazine will be removed from its 5,000 stores’ checkout lines. The retailer said the move was a “business decision”.
The women’s fashion magazine will continue to be sold at Walmart, but not in the checkout aisle. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) who worked with the retailer on the change for months praised the decision.
You can go through and buy your groceries with your family knowing you don’t have to be exposed to this graphic and often degrading and offensive material,
the non-profit’s VP Haley Halverson said Tuesday.
The NCOSE has often criticized the publication for having hypersexualized headlines and content that promotes pornography and sexual perversions like BDSM, anal sex, and group sex. The nonprofit alleges that this content is targeting the nation’ youth since the magazine’s covers often feature stars that youngsters admire and see as role models.
Walmart’s Cosmo Decision and the Me Too Movement
Cosmo was once a family-oriented publication, but in 1965, it was transformed into a magazine for single women packed with advice about sex, relationships, and fashion. Last year, the publication made national headlines when it promoted cancer as a surefire weight loss method.
- The NCOSE, which considers Cosmo soft porn, has been trying to hide the magazine from America’s youth’s view for years.
- Halverson noted that Walmart’s decision comes in the context of the Me Too movement, which acknowledges the existence of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Halverson is confident that with “one less drop of hyper-sexualized media” Americans get exposed to every day, we will promote a culture that respects women and their dignity. The group said that dozens of young girls and boys have confessed that Cosmopolitan has created peer-pressure into risky sex which took a heavy toll on their mental health and physical integrity.
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