Walmart removes ‘Cosmo’ from the checkout aisle

The company called the move a ‘business decision,’ but The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is claiming victory. What does it all mean for these two storied brands?

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Walmart might be advancing the #MeToo movement with its decision to remove Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout line shelves.

Then again, maybe it’s just another round in a fight over racy magazines at supermarkets. (The glossy, ad-laden publication will still be available in Walmart stores, among the latest issues of other popular fare.)

CNBC wrote:

The magazine that made its name with provocative covers will no longer be found in Walmart on sale at the checkout lines, a move that the company is calling a “business decision” but which one advocacy group is touting as a victory against sexual exploitation.

Cosmopolitan, owned by Hearst Communications, describes itself as a “bible for fun, fearless females that reaches more than 18 million readers a month.” In its early days, it made a splash with its provocative covers and sex advice for readers. It has been critiqued for marrying its racier content with young starlets on its covers.

The move is being celebrated as a victory by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), an advocacy group that got its start campaigning against pornography.

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