Many of the comments infer that men/boys are helpless to the presence of the
cosmo placing the responsibility for their behavior on cosmo. This is
reminiscent of placing the responsibility of the behavior of men/boys on what
women wear or how women behave. Where is the the personal responsibility?
What's next, pixilating the gymnast's leotards because, you know,
men/boys just can't handle it?
re: Husker2I'm not sure you understand the feminist movement.
Ever since its rise in the 1970s one of its most common attacks has been against
the likes of Cosmo and Playboy (see Gloria Steinem, Barbara Kruger, etc.).
While there is certainly a part of the movement that has celebrated sexual
liberation, by and large, magazines like Cosmo are seen very poorly by feminists
writ large.As to your second paragraph, I would contend that the
major damage magazines like Cosmo have done isn't primarily young boys
(although they are definitely collateral damage), it is young girls. It is
girls reading the magazine and believing they aren't good enough because
their body doesn't match the unrealistic ideals presented, they don't
wear the expensive clothing featured, and they don't put on the expensive
make-up being marketed.
@Impartial "No, those are the products of good ole USA development.
They're just made in China now that Wall St., wealthy CEO's and GOP
leaders think it's more profitable to close US factories, eliminate US jobs
and make stuff overseas."You honesty don't think Democrat
leaders played any role in jobs moving overseas?? It's been happening for
several decades and it didn't stop or slow down when Carter, Clinton, and
Obama were President.
Cosmo is a great example of the hypocrisy of the feminist movement. It
encourages the sexual exploitation of women while at the same time complaining
about the sexual exploitation of women.That said, I don't
understand this move by Walmart. Nobody looks thru Cosmo in the checkout lane
because there are so many people around. People (young boys) will look at it in
the magazine aisle if nobody else is there. How about keeping it in the busy
checkout area but hide the cover??
"They’re still for sale and curious youth won’t have any trouble
finding them. The only thing changing is their location within the store.
"You think losing checkout space and being placed on the
magazine rack is the same?One location is prime, everybody stands in
the checkout line, everybody is waiting, it's by far the most valuable
real-estate in the store.the magazine isle is a lonely isle fighting
internet obscurity.As for teens, they use their cell phones today,
it's no longer a peep show at a store, it's easier than that.What this demonstrates is a massive slap in the face for the magazines and a
warning to others. Your thought that it's a nothing change is equating the
price of land in Manhattan to north Dakota - they went from the absolute best
place in the store to being forgotten and they'll really feel that in their
Nonamesaccepted- bless you. Your comment is spot on, and the tears started
falling as I thought about so many women I’ve met over the years and how
low they believe their worth is, and how much they have gone through. If you
are a man, I stand up and cheer....if you are a woman, same. May all of our
daughters grow up knowing how amazing they are!
All they’re doing is moving the Cosmopolitans over with the rest of the
magazines. They’re still for sale and curious youth won’t have any
trouble finding them. The only thing changing is their location within the
store. Much ado about nothing.
Yes!! Good move! Thank you, Walmart!
"They're just made in China now that Wall St., wealthy CEO's and
GOP leaders think it's more profitable to close US factories, eliminate US
jobs and make stuff overseas."As an engineer who goes to China
frequently and deals in manufacturing I know a lot about this topic.When you inject politics into this argument you aren't far off - I
believe that politics entered the conversation with the practice of minimum
wage. China isn't a cheap society, but people live cheap and services
exist for the less fortunate people that don't exist here due to the move
to socialize wages and attract voters with promises of more money for their job
when it's never helped the middle class advance.Regulation in
many forms stifles business, what the GOP does allows free market movement.As one of those "evil" people who makes things overseas, a $25
item costs about $6 from the factory, out of which let's say $4 is for
materials/shipping and $3 goes to the factory workers and owners - leaving a
whopping $18 for the people here at home importing and shipping and selling and
services. Not a bad deal!Of course you can move away if you
don't like the rules.
The sexual objectification of women needs to end. Pornography in all its forms
including salacious headlines and articles focusing on how women can or should
please men sexually is a major problem. This is especially true when these
images and articles are socially accepted as mainstream rather than something to
keep out of polite society.Society cannot encourage and condone
pornography, it cannot continue to push limits of what salacious material
isn't really porn, it cannot sexulize everything and then complain that
women are objectified and mistreated.It is really no different than
jokes based on race, sexual orientation, or handicap. If it is ok to poke fun
at people over these traits, the message is sent that it is ok to mistreat them
in other ways.So too with porn. If it is ok to view women primarily
as objects of and for sexual gratification, it sends a message it is ok to
actually treat women as nothing more than objects of and for sexual
gratification.We've long since removed the racy calendars from
respectable offices and other businesses. Well past time to at least relegate
some magazines to the adult section.
@windsor;"I could give you names and sexual crimes committed by young
men who got their first sexual highs from magazines and Maxim calendars in
Walmart stores. "No, you can't.
@imagion;"I've wanted to stop shopping at Walmart as so many of
the items come from China and are knock offs from good ole USA
development."No, those are the products of good ole USA
development. They're just made in China now that Wall St., wealthy
CEO's and GOP leaders think it's more profitable to close US
factories, eliminate US jobs and make stuff overseas.
I wish the beer was closer to the front; I don't care if they sell Cosmo or
I could give you names and sexual crimes committed by young men who got their
first sexual highs from magazines and Maxim calendars in Walmart stores. They and other stores bear part of the responsibility for women being
objectified by boys and young men.
Great job Walmart!This is something I hope all stores will follow.
I find it very offensive to have to check out with slim clad women looking at me
while I'm trying to keep good thoughts and going through the process of
exiting the store. I've wanted to stop shopping at Walmart as
so many of the items come from China and are knock offs from good ole USA
development. This decision, however, will keep in their stores, thank you.
Every little step counts! Way to go Wal-mart and National Center on Sexual
Exploitation! Keep up the good work!
The article states that WalMart won't sell Cosmo at checkout counters. It
doesn't say that Walmart won't sell Cosmo in its stores.
Thank you, Wal-Mart!!