They’re turning the page on Cosmo.
Walmart will no longer feature Cosmopolitan magazine in the checkout lines at any of its stores due to its “hypersexualized and degrading” content, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) announced Tuesday.
Customers will now need to go to Walmart’s magazine section to find Cosmo, which NCOSE does not believe is appropriate for children.
“Cosmopolitan we think is especially important to address because they really do target young girls,” Haley Halverson, NCOSE’s Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, told the Daily News. “We see that with their bubble-gum pink covers, with the Disney stars that are on it, and they’re targeting young girls with messages that are equivalent to the messages about female sexuality that Playboy promotes.”
NCOSE said it had been working with the superstore chain for months to implement the new policy.
“As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” a rep for Walmart said in a statement. “Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”
A rep for Cosmo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Peter Sblendorio