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Cover-up calls for ‘sexual’ lads’ mags

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 August 2013

Should magazines do more to hide risque content?

Should magazines do more to hide risque content?

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NEWSAGENTS are divided on calls for ‘lads’ mags’ to cover up to protect children.

Magazines Zoo and Nuts have courted controversy with their risque covers, prompting major convenience store chain Co-operative to warn the publications will be withdrawn from sale unless they agree to introduce new ‘modesty covers’.

The covers are already used on top-shelf items, and store owners say the increasingly sexual content of the magazines means they should adopt a similar policy.

However, publishers appear ready to dig their heals in and refuse to comply.

With a deadline of September 9 to begin delivering the publications in pre-sealed bags, Co-operative has stated that if its demands are not met, the magazines will be withdrawn from sale in more than 4,000 of its stores.

It is not yet known if other mens magazines including Front and Loaded will comply.

Ray Monelle, owner of Orchard News in Orchard Street backed Co-operative’s stance.

He said: “I think it’s a good idea, it’s a top shelf item in my view.

“All of those items are in a sealed bag, so why shouldn’t these be?

“As a member of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, we’ve been advised by them to put these nearer the top shelf.

“These types of magazines are not a big seller here but we won’t be following the Co-op’s lead by withdrawing them.”

Steve Murrells, retail chief executive for The Co-operative Group, said: “As a community-based retailer we have listened to the concerns of our customers and members, many of whom say they object to their children being able to see overt sexual images in our stores.

“While we have tried to mitigate the likelihood of young children seeing the images with a number of measures in-store, the most effective way of doing this is for these magazines to be put in individual, sealed modesty bags.”

5 comments

  • surly this has to work both ways how about all the womens mags covering up have naked blokes on the covers or is that sexist hate to offened the womens lib brigade ......NOT

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    gruf

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Three cheers for the Coop! I object to my grandchildren seeing pornography in stores, in fact, I object to me being confronted with it. Of course, the best way is for newsagents, etc, to not stock them at all!

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    Roger Jones

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Really? As far back as I can remember there was mags you could see with woman on the front cover with their baps out. And yet, here I am, in my 40's and I have not been affected in any way. My kids never pointed it out, or made any kind of deal about it. I don't expect they noticed ( until the teenage years lol) Just put them on the top shelf and be done with it. All seems a bit silly to me.

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    Tetley

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Really? As far back as I can remember there was mags you could see with woman on the front cover with their baps out. And yet, here I am, in my 40's and I have not been affected in any way. My kids never pointed it out, or made any kind of deal about it. I don't expect they noticed ( until the teenage years lol) Just put them on the top shelf and be done with it. All seems a bit silly to me.

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    Tetley

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • neva helped me spellin but not dun me much harm ova the years. cover up wimins mags 2 then

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    T-Bone

    Monday, August 19, 2013

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