If you grew up in the 'burbs or just have a love for a one stop shop, odds are you've stepped foot into a Walmart and had a good old time there. One seriously guilty pleasure of hanging out in Walmart, especially as a teen was flipping through all the comics and magazines at the cash wrap while your mom or dad was getting their purchases rung up and reading the spicy and questionable love, sex, and dating content within magazines like Cosmo.
However, kids of the future will no longer know what it's like to sneakily find out the 15 most underrated sex positions while at the Walmart checkout area. Why? Well the big box brand has decided to pull the magazine from its checkout lines at its 5,000 stores across the U.S.
The company said in a statement, "Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard."
The concerned party being the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which has been trying to get Cosmo removed from retail shelves for years.
If you're curious why Cosmo is being targeted and not the many other magazine that feature similar content, the NCSE says:
"[Cosmo] places women's value primarily on their ability to sexually satisfy a man and therefore plays into the same culture where men view and treat women as inanimate sex objects. Further, Cosmo targets young girls by placing former Disney stars on its covers, despite the enclosed sexually erotic articles which describe risky sexual acts like public, intoxicated, or anal sex in detail. Customers should not be forced to be exposed to this content when they are trying to check-out at the store."
Not everyone agress with Walmart's move to hide the magazine from view, Kirsten King a writer who has created opinion pieces for Cosmopolitan, says:
"As a teen, Cosmo was where I learned a lot about sex, and while that education was not perfect, in the US sexual education can be super flawed. I'm a queer woman and I've had the chance to write a couple of op-eds for Cosmo - and maybe that's helped some other blossoming queer kid realise who they are too."
And while the move to pull Cosmo from American checkout lines hasn't seemed to trickle into Canadian stores yet, there's a good chance it's on its way.