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3 U.S. retail giants to cover up issues of “pornographic” Cosmopolitan magazine

Cosmopolitan magazine’s eye-popping headlines are grabbing a few too many eyeballs, according to the publication’s chief detractors. Issues of the magazine are admittedly hard to miss with headlines like “I demand an orgasm every time” and “Wild Summer Sex” positioned strategically around cover photos of woman showing off ample amounts of cleavage. Whether you buy the magazine or not, looking at the covers sure makes the time pass more quickly while waiting in line at the cash register. But even that practical use is in serious danger now as Walmart, Rite-Aide and Food Lion, three of the largest retailers in the U.S., will now be hiding the magazine’s full cover with pocket shield display cases. The move comes as a response to an advocacy group’s “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign, which contends that magazine has become a “verbally, and many times visually pornographic ‘how-to’ sex guide.” The group goes on to say that the magazine targets young girls with its risqué headlines. Interestingly, the woman behind the movement is Victoria Hearst. She is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, the late newspaper mogul who founded the company that publishes Cosmo — and she has a bitter axe to grind with her grandfather’s company.

Read the full story at CBC News.

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