Walmart’s Not Hot for Cosmo
It’s official, Walmart has lost their sex appeal (hear me out). They recently decided to pull Cosmopolitan magazine from their checkout lines at thousands of stores across the country. Sure, they’ll still sell it somewhere in-store— most likely in a seedy dark corner with the letters “XXX” in neon overhead, but why take it out of the checkout aisles at all? The amount of sex tips Walmart shoppers will be missing out on while they’re waiting to purchase their Kraft Mac & Cheese is just a shame!
The source on this life-changing information? The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)— an organization that really doesn’t want to hear about the 15 different sex positions you can use to have better dreams. Their official statement:
In the #MeToo era, @Walmart has taken a stand against treating women as sex objects! How? They removed @Cosmopolitan magazine from their checkout aisles! Finally, one less objectifying magazine we are forced to walk by! #ThanksWalmart pic.twitter.com/MXbM9Ng0rs
— National Center on Sexual Exploitation (@ncose) March 27, 2018
As always, there is a great Twitter debate. Many are in full support:
— Shane Stephens (@razorhawg1) March 28, 2018
Big shout out to @Walmart–thank you for removing Cosmo from your checkout lines! What a great step in this #metoo culture to show that a corporation can take steps to reduce customer exposure to sexual objectification of women.
— Jeremiah (@jeremiahrjones) March 27, 2018
— Mary McClusky (@MMcClusky) March 27, 2018
— DANILO MONTERO (@DANILOMONTERO_) March 28, 2018
While others are not:
Walmart is removing the “sexualized” Cosmopolitan from its shelves. I’m very pleased that teens will no longer be corrupted by this filth when they go in to a branch of Walmart to buy a gun.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 28, 2018
Walmart using #MeToo as an excuse to stop selling Cosmopolitan in checkout lines is pretty ridiculous. Censoring frank information about sex feeds into rape culture by denying girls knowledge about their sexuality and choices they can make for themselves.https://t.co/gyPllZ7QFV pic.twitter.com/YiwQQF0Vd7
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) March 28, 2018
The argument that hiding Cosmo from Walmart shoppers will foster a “culture that will respect women and ensure their dignity is understood” is absolutely infuriating. Sexuality ≠ exploitation https://t.co/3kUG9czzUL
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) March 27, 2018
Confusing. Walmart is going to remove @Cosmopolitan Magazine from its checkout lines, in part as a response to the #MeToo movement, says @USAToday . But Me Too is about harassment, not sex, and certainly not women enjoying sex. Everything is being thrown into the panic blender.
— Lenore Skenazy (@FreeRangeKids) March 28, 2018
I guess I must admit that when I was little, I remember secretly trying to read the covers of Cosmo as my mother had us wait on line. But if I hadn’t seen it on there, I would have seen/heard about it elsewhere. And to use the “Me Too” movement to push this agenda? I don’t know if I’m buying it. I understand that Walmart is a family-sensitive company, but is removing Cosmopolitan magazine from the checkout aisles really going to slow down the trend of women being treated as sex objects? Is that even what Cosmo does?
*Exhales exhaustedly thinking about 2018 so far*
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