Mag Bag: UK Lad Mags Told To Cover Up

UK Lad Mags Told To Cover Up

British “lad mags” have been given until Sept. 9 by a prominent retailer to begin covering up their titillating covers with “modesty bags” of the kind more commonly seen on pornographic titles, or risk being removed from retail displays altogether, according to the BBC News.

The decision affects magazines with evocative titles like Front, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo, and comes from The Co-Operative Group, a powerful consumer-owned group that runs some 4,000 retail outlets across the U.K., following pressure from an odd-couple alliance of feminists and social conservatives.

The Co-operative Group’s retail chief executive, Steve Murrells, explained: “As a community-based retailer, we have listened to the concerns of our customers and members, many of whom say they object to their children being able to see overt sexual images in our stores.”

Jo Swinson, a British government minister for women and equality, stated: “Adults should be left to make their own decisions about what legal sexual images they look at, but the place for these is not next to the sweets at children's eye-level.”

It’s worth noting some British feminists wanted the Co-op Group to go a step further and stop carrying the titles altogether. Activists opposed to lad mags have warned that retailers who require employees to handle magazines with provocative imagery could be sued for sexual harassment or discrimination under the UK’s Equality Act of 2010.
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