Retail giant Walmart is set to remove the Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout lines at 5,000 stores nationwide following persistent efforts from the NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation), an anti-pornography organization, which has long considered the publication pornographic. Those concerns have been raised for several years since 2013 according to Catherine Blakeman communications director.
Last month, NCOSE received word that Walmart had decided to remove the magazine. The magazine is filled with extremely sexually graphic articles which encourages its young readers to engage in forms of risky sexual behaviors and group acts like, among other things, sexting and consuming pornography.
Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout lanes. The company said the decision is primarily a business move, though concerns were heard.
Cosmopolitan, published by Hearst, is known for its sex tips and life advice for young women. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauded the decision in a statement:
“The group takes issue with the magazine and believes customers shouldn’t have to see it while checking out at stores”.
This is big news, Cosmopolitan has been around for a long time and many have long felt that the magazine was way over the board on pornography and sexually explicit materials.
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