The morality campaigners of Morality in Media (now calling themselves The National Center on Sexual Exploitation) are calling on Walmart to ban Cosmopolitan magazine for being a bit sexy inside. Spokesperson Haley Halverson whinged:
For those who don't know Cosmo magazine, on the front it might just look like another woman's magazine - but inside it has a large number of very explicit sexual images and, more importantly, instructions on different sexual acts. So
it's actually a very explicit magazine
Some stores actually have the magazine at checkout stands. In 2015, the Center received an agreement from Walmart regarding the magazine.
Walmart said that it would
shield it in the checkout aisles, but they have not been enforcing this policy standard - and we hear reports from all over the country that Wamart's not doing it, she says. So now we're asking that they just stop selling the magazine altogether.
Morality in Media is now waiting for a response from Walmart.
Adult magazine Penthouse will end its US print edition after 50 years. Parent company FriendFinder Networks Inc. said the magazine will henceforth be released in online-only format and that subscriptions would be converted to digital.
division, which operated out of New York, will move to the company's Los Angeles-based office.
Besides publishing Penthouse, FriendFinder Networks operates a number of adult-oriented social networking sites including AdultFriendFinder.com,
Amigos.com, AsiaFriendFinder.com and SeniorFriendFinder.com.
Bob Guccione began publication of Penthouse in Britain in 1965 and four years later in the United States, earning him a fortune estimated at $400 million at one point with a more
explicit alternative to Hugh Hefner's Playboy.
But as the Internet became dominant in porn, Penthouse publisher General Media Inc., which was 85 percent owned by Guccione, filed for bankruptcy in 2003, which led to its acquisition by FriendFinder
Correction: Reports of the demise of the print edition were incorrect
Several news outlets reported late last week that the porn magazine Penthouse was shuttering its print operations to go all-digital.
Penthouse managing director Kelly Holland says none of it is true.
Penthouse is launching a new digital format, an upgrade to its current web offerings. And it is true that the magazine laid off all of the more than 20 employees in its New York City offices last week as it relocates to Los Angeles. But Holland insists
that nobody at the company said that Penthouse will do away with print. S he told CNNMoney:
One news outlet picks it up and gets it wrong. Then everyone picks it up and gets it wrong.
The tsunami of misinformation,
as Holland put it, stems from what she concedes was a possibly weakly crafted press release. The press release title stated, PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE GOES DIGITAL! It went on to explain that the publication will be released in digital
format and that future issues of the magazine will be available electronically through subscription. Nowhere in the release does it say the magazine is ceasing publication of its print edition.
Perhaps the press release should have said,
'Penthouse launches a digital platform in conjunction with its print publication,' she added.
FHM has become the latest lads' mag to bow out after a history of 31 years of publishing.
The final issue of the magazine hit the shelves yesterday and features TV presenter Holly Willoughby. She first fronted the magazine in 2008. Willoughby
poses in a black dress alongside the witty cover line: Ashes to Ashes, Bust to Bust .
Bauer Media, which owns FHM, said in November that it would be closing the magazine after dramatic losses in circulation.