You’ll no longer be able to find “Cosmopolitan” magazine in the checkout line at Walmart stores. An activist group, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation says it’s been working with the biggest retailer in the U.S. for months to make checkout aisles “family-friendly and sexploitation-free.”
The group posted a victory statement on its website explaining that Walmart’s decision means that in over 5,000 stores across the country, people “will no longer be automatically exposed to Cosmo’s hypersexualized and degrading article titles.”
Walmart assures customers that the women’s magazine will still be available to customers who want to buy it, it just won’t be found in the checkout aisles. The retailer didn’t confirm that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation was the catalyst for the move, but Meggan Kring, a spokesperson for Walmart explains in a statement, “While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”
That organization was called Morality in Media up until 2015 and they’ve been campaigning for years to get Cosmo moved from checkout lines, comparing its content to pornography. And in 2015, they did succeed in getting two big chains, Rite Aid and the parent company for Hannaford Stores and Food Lion to put the magazine behind blinders in their stores.
Source: CBS News