Cosmo is a Porno Rag We Can’t Avoid

cosmoI snapped this photo of Emmy a while back while we were waiting in line to buy groceries at Pick ‘n Save, our local food store. After reading this piece from Newsbusters today, I was reminded of what we have slowly grown accustomed to, and it is sad. Playboy isn’t at most checkouts where children stand with their parents.  Cosmo’s endless flaunting of tawdry sex is literally placed at eye level for a child.  Our daughter can now read whatever they want to put in her face. No amount of protesting can outdo the profits from selling this swill. It’s the sum and substance of American popular culture, and it makes me sick.

Comments under the article on social media were typical. Howls about censorship. “Don’t like it? Don’t buy it.”  These low-brow commenters are unable to think past their own genitalia. I have news for them. No, I don’t like it, I don’t buy it, but you have no right to force feed sex to my little daughter. It’s a form of sexual assault.  So get out of her face with it, store managers. Get it out of the faces of all the children out there who didn’t ask to look at this and who don’t need lewdness shoved down their throats.

When parents keep ant poison out of reach of children, we censor our household products for safety. That’s what parents do–protect our children. America would be filled with screams of horror if toxic waste would pour from our faucets. A just cause indeed! Storm city hall. Do whatever is necessary to stop the poison in our kitchens. But Americans do nothing anymore  when the innocence and morals of children are poisoned by porno rags like Cosmo at the grocery store.  Moral toxic waste matters not at all. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Who cares what children have to see. It’s too much to ask that adults get Cosmo over in the magazine section on a top rack. It’s all about meeeeeee…

That was my rant for the day, not usually put on the Hope Blog, but some things are worth saying. Loudly. Even if nobody is listening. I object. It’s wrong. It’s shameful, and the shame of Cosmopolitan magazine and store customers who think it’s fine is well-earned.

11 thoughts on “Cosmo is a Porno Rag We Can’t Avoid

  1. Lorrie says:

    Oh boy, I agree so much with you! (I’m sure all your readers do.) I am not outspoken, but one day I did pick up a Cosmo at the grocery store and complain to the cashier (who happens to be a Christian and agreed with me). She called the manager over and let me tell him. I don’t think it did any good, but I was glad to say it. I think I mentioned it at Walmart once also (not much of a response there). Often I will just flip the top magazine over so children can’t see it (sometimes the back is as bad as the front and if that’s the case I’ll cover it with a different magazine). It is awful, and don’t even get me started on the posters in store-fronts at the mall!!

  2. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    *Note* This is me, Ingrid. When I post a comment from my phone, it posts under my username on WordPress by default, which you can see is Traveler. Sorry about that! You have to manually change it if you want it to read with my name.

    I was thinking about this this morning: What is the net effect of all of this sex put in the faces of our children from infancy up? Child development experts talk about the Golden Age of childhood, the latency phase when a normal child has no interest in sex, a phase built into their growth where they are busy developing emotionally and relationally with their families and friends. When a child is blitzed with sexual images, that latency phase is short-circuited, leaving them emotionally underdeveloped. Harmed. The net effect of premature exposure to sexuality is the sexualizing of children. They are suddenly interested, obsessed even by the new-found knowledge. Gone are the healthy pursuits they would have been engaged in. This is true not just with online porn, but exposure to it in magazine form. I babysat, once, for two boys who were in 3rd and 4th grade at the time. I was stunned at their conversation. It was heartbreaking and sickening all at the same time. I was literally embarrassed to be there as a 16-year-old, as they were making remarks that were totally inappropriate for children to make. On the hall in their house was a stack of magazines, among which was cosmo. Flipping through one of them, it was obvious that they’d had some help in arriving at that sad place as young boys.

    That’s why what store managers are doing by putting these magazines in the eye-line of children is actually abusive. They are harming kids. Cosmo and every other outlet and publication that screams sex in the presence of kids is the enemy of our children.

  3. Wayne Nowacki says:

    Yeah it’s rather sickening to say the last. Glad to hear that Emmy has had her awakening when it comes to reading! Those moments are precious and exciting, until you realize they’re faced with this nonsense. Out daughter Audrey is around the same age as Em so we can totally relate.

  4. Michele Morin says:

    Yes, I have four boys and have been known to turn magazines around so we didn’t have to deal with them in line at the grocery store. (Sometimes the back cover is also an assault.)

  5. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Five decades of feminism have made real strides for women, right?Snort.Women are treated more as sex objects today than ever before. Our little girls are absorbing the view from every direction that their worth is tied up in their looks and how “hot” they are to males. It’s just a different kind of slavery for women.

  6. Kris says:

    Those magazines are paying for those top spots on the rack and it’s working. They’re selling tons
    of smut. It’d be interesting to see what would happen if a Christian magazine could pay for that spot? We’d probably be hearing rants from customers that didn’t like it asking the store to remove them from the checkout lane and put them somewhere else. These parents allow their children no matter what age to view this. The young people think that’s how you’re supposed to act and display your body in such a manner. I can’t even imagine what will be on the local store shelves in a year or
    two from now. How disgusting! Thanks to those parents who say “No way, not my kids!”

  7. Beverley says:

    THANK YOU for speaking the truth. We need to speak up even though we will be called very prudish. I’m sick and tired of ‘c’hurches having programs for “a better life now” … why aren’t the church leadership taking stance against this smut? Could it be because they want to be popular with everyone? Well-liked by everyone including the perverts!

  8. J.L. Pattison says:

    I am listening, and I agree with you.

    ‘Tis a sad state in which we live today where we don’t even think twice about these matters. Much like how fish don’t think twice about the fact that they’re wet.

    As a daddy, I do my best to shield my kids from the flow of sludge that the world uses to corrupt our children. Unfortunately, unless we move to a cave, we come into contact with this stuff on a regular basis. I just pray for grace for the little ears that hear (and the little eyes that see) all the stuff they were never intended to be exposed to.

  9. Bobby says:

    Well, well. How sad that a once-read literary magazine has become in the past half-century a dispensation for porn. In a February 2015 episode of a Sony game show, the following question was asked, which Cosmopolitan was the answer.

    “Founded in 1886, which publication featured writing by the likes of H.G. Wells & Henry James before becoming a women’s magazine in the ’60s?” (Source: GSKINGDOM.BLOGSPOT.COM, review of February 3, 2015 episode of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” Sony Pictures Television.)

    Could you imagine the literary works of Wells in Cosmopolitan back in the day? Helen Gurley Brown killed a great magazine in the way many cable channels have lost their way today in the same fashion. You could say Bravo, Arts & Entertainment, History, American Movie Classics, Spike (this one is a bit complex, folks), Discovery, The Learning Channel, and other numerous channels have been given the Cosmopolitan treatment in recent years. Five have become “reality television channels,” one airs inappropriate original shows and contemporary movies, while a third has become an adult male channel.

    Force-feeding sex in front of kids is everywhere, sadly. You can’t go to a sporting event without seeing half-naked women parading around, which is a primary reason parents are afraid to take their kids to an event. Can’t go to a pro basketball game without seeing inappropriately dressed women gyrating to hip-hop tunes in a provocative manner. Sad. There’s a reason why Al Haymon is eliminating round-card girls at his Premier Boxing Champions matches, replacing them with displays on the center-hung video screen.

    On that story, the FIA World Endurance Championship sportscars announced women serving as grid models were eliminated, and WEC Radio reporter Shea Adam (The Gearbox Girl) wrote of an early job in public relations for Corvette Racing in IMSA. Fully attired in fire-proof overalls for public relations that required her to be in hot pit conditions, she unzipped the top half to show a team tee-shirt for a 20-minute session on the grid because of weather conditions. She was fully covered in loose clothing. On both sides of her were women in very revealing outfits representing liquor and tires. Everyone ignored her and focused on the scantily clad women and their cars until a gentleman and his two young daughters saw the Corvette. The father told her, “I just wanted to thank you for choosing to not be half naked on the grid. It sends a good message to my girls.”

    We have serious issues in our society with modesty today. Time to get rid of the sexual innuendo in sport today. They are designed to maximise alcohol sales for a certain crowd.

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