Bob Owens

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Treating Cosmo like porn

Written By: Bob - Jan• 07•12

I can’t count the times I’ve seen the cover of Cosmo in a supermarket checkout line and cringed at the titles of the articles they contain.

“Bad girl sex: 75 naughty moves to try on a man.”

“50 kinky sex moves: men vote on their favorites.”

“His 6 secret sex spots: master your guys biggest below-the-belt sex triggers.”

Cosmo is a magazine dedicated to turning teenaged girls (and women with the minds of teenaged girls) into promiscuous, deviant, food-starved superficial, soulless clothes racks covered in cheap cosmetics and perfume. As the father of two girls (a tween and  a preschooler) I find myself seeking the self-checkout as a way of avoiding not just the lines, but the magazine racks of vile women’s magazines that objectify women for profit just as explicitly and cynically as anything Larry Flint could concoct, but on eye-level with toddlers.

One woman, a former model named Nicole Weider, wants the magazine treated like the adult content it is:

“As a former reader of the magazine, I happened to pick up an issue and was reading it and was completely shocked at how pornographic and explicit the content had become. I immediately thought of my young teenage brothers and it horrified me to think that they and their friends could be reading this material, and the damage it would do to them if they did,” Weider told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “So I decided to do something about it.”

So, in August 2011, Weider started a Change.org petition to have the magazine sold in a non-transparent wrapper.

Weider wants to make sure nobody under the age of 18 sees the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine on newsstands or at their grocery stores, and that no one under 18 can buy the top-selling title.

“I have contacted the Chairman of the FTC, John Leibowitz and received a letter from his office stating they will look into the issue and start an investigation only when they feel it’s a ‘threat’ to society,” she said. “This means they need more complaints — that is, signers of this petition.”

I’m a huge advocate of the first amendment, but Weider isn’t attempting to ban the magazine, just treating it like the degenerate content that it aspires to be. If she is successful with her petition the magazine will probably sell better than it currently does, and I’m fine with that as well.

I just don’t think our four-year-olds need to be getting eye-level advice on how to give blow jobs. If you feel the same way, it takes about 30 sends to sign the petition to have the magazine sold in a non-transparent wrapper like the porn actress techniques it champions.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Phelps says:

    Not a fair characterization.

    They want them covered in expensive cosmetics and perfumes.

  2. I downloaded a Cosmo once on my nook. I am not sure why, but something in there I wanted to see, I don’t think it was Bad Girl Sex, but anyway. A few weeks later, actual porn books and magazines showed up on my nook to be downloaded. I couldn’t figure it out and my husband say, it’s because you bought a Cosmo. Crazy.

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