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post #1 of 16
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Today I went into a chain retail smoke shop to pick up a drink and the current issue of Psychology Today.

Well, I found Psychology Today right underneath a vast number of UNSEALED porn magazines, not to mention some disgusting guy viewing them openly in front of me. So I said, "Why don't you just buy it?", and of course he ignored me and left.

I then told the sales clerk my issue with porn magazines being so accessible, and the fact that as a woman I find it offensive to be subject to these images (which were of women), and that a child or young teen could easily reach these magazines.

Later on I walked into another chain smoke shop, and they did have porn, but only 2 magazines that were SEALED. Although they were still in view, at least men couldn't flip through them where others may be offended.

I'm thinking of filing a complaint of some sort with the first company. Would you be offended by this, or take issue with this sort of material being readily accessible in a public place?
post #2 of 16
AZ doesn't allow this stuff to be out and accessible. Unless its in an adult shop, such magazines have to be behind the counter and all of the cover, except the name must be covered.
post #3 of 16
As a Christian, yes I would be offended. You should check into it. Maybe they were in violation of the laws. I thought that stuff had to be behind the counter.
post #4 of 16
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Well, I live in Canada, and perhaps the laws surrounding porn are different than in the US -- definitely for the worse, IMO. I think I'm going to look into this matter further. I've got the head offices phone number.
post #5 of 16
I would be offended if I went to pick up a magazine and had to see a man thumbing through a porn magazine with nekid ladies! Your right children or young teens should not be subjected to this in any store.
I would speak to the store manger about it and file a complaint in writing! If men want to look at these magazines thats fine. But do it in there own homes. Not standing in a store with all to see!
post #6 of 16
As far as I recall, our pornography stance is tougher here (in Canada) than it is in the US. Our laws and regulations have an expanded sense of what is "morally" right and wrong in terms of what is seen on the shelf. We are tougher on issues that feature crime,children, violence, or other such similiar obscenity.

I do recall seeing much more graphic fare in Chicago or Minneapolis sex shops or bookstores than what you can see here.

If the magazines you saw are indeed graphic portrayals of sex, then I would make that complaint. They are to be behind the counter if inherently graphic or otherwise contained.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
As far as I recall, our pornography stance is tougher here (in Canada) than it is in the US. Our laws and regulations have an expanded sense of what is "morally" right and wrong in terms of what is seen on the shelf. We are tougher on issues that feature crime,children, violence, or other such similiar obscenity.

I do recall seeing much more graphic fare in Chicago or Minneapolis sex shops or bookstores than what you can see here.

If the magazines you saw are indeed graphic portrayals of sex, then I would make that complaint. They are to be behind the counter if inherently graphic or otherwise contained.
This wasn't a sex shop or a bookstore... it was a newspaper/smoke shop. And while the images weren't violent, they were clearly X rated images, from the brief glimpse I got of them.

I do plan on filing a complaint. Tomorrow I am contacting the head office by telephone for an e-mail or snail mail address so I can put the complaint in writing. I think it is most definitely "morally" wrong to allow this trash in a public area not monitored by adults (the staff I spoke with appeared to be in their teens).
post #8 of 16
I think the mags should be covered...I hate seeing that stuff slapping me in the face everywhere I go....
post #9 of 16
I mean, I'm not going to argue with the guy's right to purchase porn and enjoy it in private. It's kind of how I feel about cigarettes...I don't want to be exposed or involved in someone else's habit, but what you do in your own home is your own business. If the store wants to sell these mags, they need to be kept behind th ecounter, just like the cigs.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by vespacat
This wasn't a sex shop or a bookstore... it was a newspaper/smoke shop. And while the images weren't violent, they were clearly X rated images, from the brief glimpse I got of them.

I do plan on filing a complaint. Tomorrow I am contacting the head office by telephone for an e-mail or snail mail address so I can put the complaint in writing. I think it is most definitely "morally" wrong to allow this trash in a public area not monitored by adults (the staff I spoke with appeared to be in their teens).
Sorry, I meant to say smoke shop, not bookstore. And I do think that this kind of stuff should be behind the shelf and covered. Also, if I were working there, I wouldn't want men hanging out and not buying this material.

I do agree with you, Lioness, in that its a guy/gals right to purchase this stuff for their own private use, but don't stand around catching up on your "reading" in the shop itself.
post #11 of 16
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I would agree that people can view LEGAL porn in the privacy of their own homes is they so choose. However, being subject to it in a public area is very offensive to those who oppose it.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by vespacat
I would agree that people can view LEGAL porn in the privacy of their own homes is they so choose. However, being subject to it in a public area is very offensive to those who oppose it.
Honestly, that's offensive even if you aren't opposed in principal to pornography. Look at whatever you want in your own private space, but I don't want to have to see it in a public place. And no one should have to explain to a child what that man was looking at.

Those publications should definitely be behind the counter and covered. If you want to look at it, pay for it and take it home.
post #13 of 16
Im honestly surprised to hear about that happening as every porn magazine I can name off the top of my head comes sealed....playboy, hustler, penthouse, penthouse letters....The only places I have seen unsealed porn are in sex shops or head shops....perhaps this specific store is a less innocent variety store that you happened on by chance. Sticking with local convenience stores or mass chains (Macs, Beckers) is probably your best bet to avoid this unsealed pornography, and are the best bets for you getting a response if you find somethign this unsavoury. In terms of being accesible to children...I always wonder about that. When I was a child, I thought nothing of nudity. I suggest a child would be harmed more by the upset screaming offended parent than the content of such a magazine. A child wouldnt know what they were seeing...the taboo would be clear to them in the reaction gotten. I think the idea of porn being morally wrong or right is a value instilled by parents in almost every case. Personally I see nothing shameful about sex, or pornography. What is gross in this case imo, isnt the porn being there, not even the porn being accesible, but the fact that someone was reading it. Thats creepy for all the reasons mentioned, and he should have been asked to leave the store by staff even before you got there... but I do not believe porn should have to be a hidden-taboo-behind-the-counter type of thing. It is possible to ignore it. I would agree with your decision to complain to the store, but I think your complaint will go nowhere. Like I said, I have never seen a store with unsealed porn, except for ones that by trade are a little shady. They would never change their policy for those who are offended, they would expect that person to choose a different store. And you absolutely should- Take your good money elsewhere.
post #14 of 16
This thread brings to mind a convenience store that we frequent after work-kind of a dirty little place in a bad neighborhood with greedy owners. They have tons of those skanky magazines in that place! You can see piles of them off to the side, & directly to the left of the counter a rack full of them. They are all sealed, & a sign in full view tells potential buyers that there is no browsing, pick quick!
What kills me are the covertitles on these grade B magazines that highlight what's inside. I can't give any examples here, but they can be so disgustingly graphic! Sometimes just to be silly I will read them out loud in a way that makes fun of them-they are almost hilarious sometimes, reminding me of the mentality of the pathetic human creature that enjoys this type of thing.
Should they be right by the counter? Probably not. But I have been patronizing that store for over 3 years & can't recall seeing many children in there. I can't blame men for being men. Not all men, now..but some are addicted to that stuff, my ex included, one of the reasons I finally left him. Mike doesn't really show any interest in stuff like that, or I'd leave him, too. I don't really hold the position of saying that it degrades women because those women degrade themselves. If they are stupid enough to do something like that with their lives, they deserve to be degraded. There are so many women who don't depend on a man's opinion to feel good about herself, & good men recognize & like those kind of women for who they are.
As far as the scumbags who buy those Grade B magazines? I don't want that kind of man in my life anyway, & have learned enough to expect so much better than that.
post #15 of 16
That's crazy.
I'm not opposed to dirty mags, but for craying out loud unless it's an "adult" store, keep it covered up!!
post #16 of 16
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I've been taking notice of this at a few other chain shops over the past few days and it is appalling at how many shops are selling this trash in public areas unsealed and in the reach of children. I have decided to write a letter to my MP (who I voted for, and is a women's rights supporter), as well as to Mayor Miller (who I've met and is a big suppporter of my MP). Even if nothing happens, at least I can live with myself and my conscience won't be nagging at me.
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