Walmart pulling 'Cosmopolitan' from checkout lines nationwide

Walmart pulling 'Cosmopolitan' from checkout lines nationwide

While the move "was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard", the company added.

Walmart is removing Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout lines at 5,000 stores across the country, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Walmart spokesperson Meggan Kring said, "With all the products available in our store, we evaluate a variety of things and make changes".

The recent movement #MeToo which gained worldwide acceptance and people came in open to speak about sexual harassment and more.

"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", Dawn Hawkins, the center's executive director, said in a news release.

The nation's largest retailer will remove Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout aisles after years of pressure to shun the "hypersexualized and degrading" publication.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation said the decision came after the two organizations had discussions.

NCOSE was founded in the early 1960s by interfaith clergy members as a group called "Morality in Media" before changing its name in 2015.

Setting aside the fact that this move nearly entirely misses the point of the #MeToo movement, the statement went on to explain why it targeted Cosmo, citing the explicitly sexual nature of the publication.

This is not the first time the organization has worked to shield customers from the magazine (left and right).

Customers will now need to go to Walmart's magazine section to find Cosmo, which NCOSE does not believe is appropriate for children. The USA Today reports that the group succeeded in getting Rite Aid and other stores to put the magazine behind blinders as if it were pornographic material. And in 2016, Marsh Supermarkets removed Cosmopolitan from checkout stand shelves at its 72 locations in OH and in, after a similar NCOSE campaign. 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.

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