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Soft-Core Porn at the Grocery Store

My thirteen-year-old daughter and I were in line at the grocery store. I noticed, right next to the National Enquirer and Reader’s Digest, just above eye-level at the check stand was a popular women’s magazine—we’ll call it “C.” The cover lines on this magazine were, well, inappropriate for all-age viewing. I could have opened the magazine and learned all about “HIS G Spot” and ”Your Orgasm Face,” along with an article about vagina tightening surgery. I reached up and turned the magazine over.

When we got to the checker, I noticed she had “supervisor” on her nametag, so I mentioned what I had just seen and that I didn’t think it was okay to have that information blasting from the rack. She giggled and said, “What did it say?” I said, “Um, the usual stuff that ‘C’ usually has on the cover!” Her response was “Oh, we usually have covers on those. I’ll see what I can do.”

Two days later, we went back to the store. The magazine was no longer on the check stand rack. It was on the END CAP rack with no cover on it, blaring orgasm faces and G-spots for all to see. I found a manager and was told that the magazine was “in the wrong place” and he’d take care of it. The next time we went to the store, the issue was back on the check stand rack, but this time, with a cover that obscured the sidelines so you could only see the half-dressed woman on the front and the magazine’s title. Better than nothing, I guess.

Now, I’m no prude. Really. But it’s hard enough raising a child in our sexually-charged world without being subjected to that sort of thing at the grocery store, of all places! I can imagine a young child asking loudly “Mommy, what’s an or-ga-sm?” or “Mommy, where’s my G-spot?” My question to those responsible for merchandising magazines would be this: Would you lay that magazine on your coffee table and invite a stranger’s children over to read the cover? Would you walk up to a teenage girl and ask her about her orgasm face? No? Then why is it okay to display it in public where anyone can see it?

I don’t have a problem with people wanting to buy and read this sort of publication. Freedom of speech and all that. But keep it in a place where kids don’t have to see it.

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