We’ve all been there. Stuck in a checkout lane at our favorite retailer or grocery chain just trying to pick up some necessities, when it hits us: yet another Cosmopolitanmagazine cover featuring a hypersexualized cover model and with headlines shouting out degrading messages about sex. There’s no way to escape the pornified imagery and messages.
Well, in case you haven’t heard we’ve got big news: Walmart is in the process of pulling Cosmo from checkout lanes in its 5000+ stores across the country! The magazine will still be sold, but in the magazine section of stores, NOT in checkout lanes. Already many Walmart checkout lanes across the country are Cosmo free. This is a major victory in the fight for sexploitation free checkout lanes!
But getting Cosmo removed from Walmart checkout lanes is only part of the battle. We need your help in the public relations battle that has kicked up since this story made the national news.
Cosmopolitan is trending on Twitter and news outlets from across the country are covering the story. Our own Haley Halverson was interviewed for a Today show segment which aired this morning. But as you can imagine, some of the press and social media coverage is disparaging and flat out erroneous. This is where you can play an important role!
- Visit our Walmart page to get background information and go to the “Take Action” section and fill in the form to post a thank you message via Twitter or Facebook.
- Post at least one Facebook or Tweet per day between now and April 4 (the kick off date for the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit). Sample posts are below.
- Visit your local Walmart. Ask to speak to the store manager. Thank them personally for Walmart’s decision to remove Cosmo and for creating a sexploitation free checkout experience!