The National Center on Sexual Exploitation scored a major win for themselves Tuesday when Walmart announced it would remove Cosmopolitan magazine from its shelves across the country. The organization has been working on that very objective for months.
Formerly called Morality In Media, NCOSE says their mission is “to defend human dignity and to oppose sexual exploitation.” (h/t Hollywood Reporter)
The organization issued a statement on their website celebrating the removal of the sex-positive magazine: “Families and individuals will no longer be automatically exposed to Cosmo’s hypersexualized and degrading article titles that regularly promote pornography, sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex, and more, all while marketing toward young teens with Disney star cover models,” they wrote.
Cosmopolitan has a history of backlash in the newsstand retail space. Kroger grocery store chains installed “blinder racks” in 2000 to cover the racier cover lines and models on each issue. Marsh Supermarkets wiped the magazine from their shelves in 2016 after a similar campaign from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.