April 22, 2015

Cosmopolitan magazine hammered by Hearst granddaughter, anti-porn group

Campaign seeks to make famous mag ‘adults-only’

By Cheryl Wetzstein
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Washington Times

The granddaughter of the founder of the Hearst media empire has launched a campaign to restrict children and teens’ access to Cosmopolitan magazine — one of the company’s publications — over its obsession with explicit sexual topics.

Cosmopolitan has gone from a women’s family magazine to “a sex rag,” Victoria Hearst, whose grandfather is William Randolph Hearst, said Wednesday at a press conference with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Ms. Hearst, ​a devout Christian, recalled being alarmed years ago by a Cosmo cover in which a woman was photographed naked except for a “strategically placed boa constrictor.” Despite her family relationship, Ms. Hearst said her complaints were rebuffed by corporation executives.

​The new campaign, “Cosmo Harms Minors,” seeks to have the magazine labeled as adult material that cannot be sold to anyone younger than age 18, and given a modesty wrapper like other pornographic magazines when displayed on newsstands.

A request for comment from the magazine, led by editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, was not immediately available Wednesday.

**FILE** Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is seen here Sept. 20, 1982, during an interview at her office in New York. She died at age 90 in 2012. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is seen here Sept. 20, 1982,

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation listed Cosmopolitan on its 2015 “Dirty Dozen” list of pornography purveyors. It said Cosmo, “the staple of the supermarket checkout line,” is “a porn magazine” because it “glamorizes things like public, anal or violent sex in nearly all their issues.”

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