Numerous Christian and Secular Organizations Alike Have Tried- We Finally Have a Win With Walmart
After numerous attempts by different organizations to remove Cosmopolitan Magazine from checkouts or to have a cover placed over the front page, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has instigated a policy change at Walmart. This change is a part of continued work to change policies that facilitate sexual exploitation.
After discussions with the NCOSE, Walmart has decided to remove Cosmopolitan magazine from checkouts at 5,000 stores nationally. This will protect minors from viewing sexually explicit materials and content that Cosmopolitan magazine has embraced over the decades. This policy change has been a long-time priority for the NCOSE
In a statement made by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, she comments, “This is what real change looks like in our #MeToo culture, and NCOSE is proud to work with a major corporation like Walmart to combat sexually exploitative influences in our society. Women, men, and children are bombarded daily with sexually objectifying and explicit materials, not only online, but in the checkout line at the store.”
She goes on to further state, “Cosmo sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy. It places women’s value primarily on their ability to sexually satisfy a man and therefore plays into the same culture where men view and treat women as inanimate sex objects. Further, Cosmo targets young girls by placing former Disney stars on its covers, despite the enclosed sexually erotic articles which describe risky sexual acts like public, intoxicated, or anal sex in detail. Customers should not be forced to be exposed to this content when they are trying to check-out at the store.”
“Walmart’s removal of Cosmo from checkout lines is an incremental but significant step toward creating a culture where women and girls are valued as whole persons, rather than as sexual objects. We are grateful for Walmart’s cooperation and for Walmart leadership’s recognition that corporations must do their part to change #MeToo culture.”
“Walmart’s decision makes it a leader and trailblazer in corporate responsibility. It is a big ship to turn, and ensuring Walmart’s new policy is enforced across the country will require continued vigilance. We applaud Walmart and also call on our supporters and those in our coalition to monitor Walmart’s progress as it works to implement this pivotal policy change,” Hawkins added.