Cosmopolitan Magazine glamorizes things like public, anal, group, violent and risky sex in nearly all of their monthly issues throughout 110 countries across the globe in 35 languages. We are asking that Cosmo be sold to adults only and have the cover wrapped like all other porn magazines in retail shops.

Results from a 2015 nationwide survey indicate that many Americans agree.

Cosmo Harms Minors National Survey Results

Download Survey Results Here.

NewCosmoThis staple of the supermarket checkout line is as pornographic as Playboy magazine. While it may not have many nude pictures (though they have started throwing them into recent issues), this publication has steadily declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a verbally pornographic “how-to” sex guide. Cosmo is leading the way in further desensitizing young women and girls to accept and participate in the pornified and sexually violent culture around them.

Pornography desensitizes and entices the user to try harder and more deviant material. Cosmo, like Playboy, Hustler and other mainstream porn, is trying hard to keep up with this fact by writing even more provocative and explicit articles. Common themes of the last year include repeatedly inviting women to participate in anal, oral, public, and violent torture sex and each issue tauts that it has more and better sex tips than the previous issue.

In recent years, Cosmo has started to blatantly target young girls to expand their audience and increase profits. Many of their covers feature teen idols, meant to entice young girls into buying the magazine. They include feature stories from Disney stars and teen icons. A search of #MyCosmo or #CosmoGirl on social media yields pictures, tweets and comments from teen girls around the world gushing about trying Cosmo’s tips and trying to be like women of Cosmo Magazine.

Join us in the fight to get supermarkets and other family-oriented stores to put wrappers on Cosmo Magazine and to stop selling it to children and teens.

Read our letter to Cosmo

NOTE: Cosmopolitan Magazine is also listed on the 2015 Dirty Dozen List

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Warning: The content in Cosmopolitan Magazine is pornographic. We have not edited the material.

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Thank Retailers who Changed Policies

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Print this flyer, cut it in half and leave it in front of the Cosmopolitan Magazines in your local retail checkout lines or hand to a store manager.

If you can, snap a picture of it and post it on social media using hashtag #cosmoharmsminors
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How has Cosmopolitan Magazine affected your life? How old were you when you first read an issue? Do you know girls who have been impacted by the magazine? All will be shared anonymously. Click to here to submit or send an email to

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Cosmo Harms Minors

Harmful to Minors Laws a tool to protect kids from hyper-sexualized material – Patrick Trueman

Dawn Hawkins on the public health crisis from pornography

Cosmopolitan Magazine to Girls: If you’re not sexual, boys won’t want you – Victoria Hearst

What is the impact of hyper-sexualized media on the family?

Are children physically, mentally, and emotionally able to process hyper-sexualized content?

How does sexually explicit content, like Cosmo, affect youth development? – Dr. Judith Reisman answers

What are the major effects of pornography on marriage – Joe Beam, founder of Marriage Helper

How does Cosmo Magazine harm minors? – Day Gardner from National Black Pro-Life Union

Why are you taking on this campaign against a magazine your family publishes? – Victoria Hearst

Why should we care about the impact of magazines like Cosmo on girls? – Alveda King, Civil Rights Activist


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Hearst Corporation

Steven Swartz – President & Chief Executive Officer
William R. Hearst III – Chairman of the Board
Frank Bennack, Jr. – Executive Vice Chairman
David Carey – President, Hearst Magazines Division

Hearst Corporation
300 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

(212) 903-5000

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Cosmopolitan Magazine
Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief
300 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 903-5000
Twitter: @JoannaColes

Press Inquiries

Please contact Amanda Smith with any press inquiries at

To interview Victoria Hearst, please email

You can download the Cosmo Harms Minors Press Kit here.

See excerpts from the magazine here.

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation