Walmart is pulling Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout counters. Here's why

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  • redbutte100 SLC, UT
    March 29, 2018 4:57 p.m.

    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?

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    March 29, 2018 9:07 a.m.

    re: Husker2

    I'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.

  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    March 29, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    @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.

  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    March 29, 2018 7:21 a.m.

    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??

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 28, 2018 11:41 p.m.

    "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 pockets.

  • Susan Quinton Draper, UT
    March 28, 2018 8:05 p.m.

    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!

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    March 28, 2018 6:16 p.m.

    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.

  • cbm Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2018 5:41 p.m.

    Yes!! Good move! Thank you, Walmart!

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 28, 2018 3:47 p.m.

    "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.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 28, 2018 3:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 28, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    @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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 28, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    @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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 28, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    I wish the beer was closer to the front; I don't care if they sell Cosmo or not.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    March 28, 2018 1:24 p.m.

    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.

  • imagion Draper, UT
    March 28, 2018 12:56 p.m.

    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.

  • HappyDad Cedar Hills, UT
    March 28, 2018 12:51 p.m.

    Every little step counts! Way to go Wal-mart and National Center on Sexual Exploitation! Keep up the good work!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 28, 2018 12:30 p.m.

    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.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife Missouri City, TX
    March 28, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    Thank you, Wal-Mart!!