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Lads' mags have 6 weeks to "cover up": your reaction, please!

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Jul-13 09:58:26


You may already have seen/heard the news today that the Co-op has given "lads' mags" six weeks to cover up their front page with sealed "modesty bags" or be taken off sale in its stores.

The Co-op says it's responding to concerns by its members, customers and colleagues about images of scantily-clad women on magazine covers.

We're being asked what Mumsnetters think of this move by the Co-op. So we'd love you to let us know: please do post up your views on this thread.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 29-Jul-13 12:07:23

Its companies which don't take sensible action like this which are weak-willed and spineless, IMO.

Kafri Mon 29-Jul-13 12:12:07

I appear to be in the minority but I just think if they don't agree with them, then don't stock them.
I can honestly say that I never look at them while I'm in a store so them being covered up wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference. Some blokes read them, just like some read Horse and Hound.

Snapespeare Mon 29-Jul-13 12:13:34

i fully support this move and will be writing to tesco to see if they have any plans to follow suit. i could shop at the co-op more regularly, it's a bit further than my local tesco, but this is important enough to switch.

Morgause Mon 29-Jul-13 12:39:59

Excellent news. I hope they ban The Sun next.

TheFallenNinja Mon 29-Jul-13 12:48:15

This takes it off display and satisfies the staff handling problem that was highlight recently. Job done, nothing more to see here, move on.

Malemum Mon 29-Jul-13 12:49:53

This approach is both pathetic, ludicrous and PC gone too far.

The magazines affected are no where near anything like the original Pornographic magazines and putting them in the same category is utter nonsense.

Watching the feminist & model on Auntie this morning was interesting, besides the magazines which are viewed are no different than scantly clad bikini females on our UK or overseas beaches....

Longtalljosie Mon 29-Jul-13 12:52:05

I'm so pleased - that's a conversation I now don't have to have with my 4 year old... The shelves aren't very high in our local co-op and it used to be right at her eye level

NigellasGuest Mon 29-Jul-13 12:57:00

why do some people think it's the same as people wearing beachwear on - um - beaches?

AgathaF Mon 29-Jul-13 12:57:28

It's a step in the right direction but it is a shame that they won't just refuse to stock them outright.

StealthPolarBear Mon 29-Jul-13 12:59:52

Im pleased. No problrms with my children seeing nudity, but prefervthey dont see pornography

K8Middleton Mon 29-Jul-13 13:02:00

Good. It is a good start.

I don't have a local coop but I do have a branch of Britannia (part of Coop) and a child's savings account to open so I'm going there.

About time The Sun's page 3 and The Sport and co went the same way too.

NigellasGuest Mon 29-Jul-13 13:05:07

The Sport in particular is a disgrace, blowing open on my garage forecourt while I'm walking in to pay for my petrol blush

K8Middleton Mon 29-Jul-13 13:05:21

Last time I was on a beach Malemum there was quite a lot of flesh on show but nobody was being objectified. There were also all shapes and sizes and both sexes as well as trans because we were in Brighton.

Do you see the difference?

NigellasGuest Mon 29-Jul-13 13:07:40

I wear a bikini on the beach but I don't bend over and shove my thonged arse in kids' faces in my local Tesco when they're trying to buy an icecream. It's all about context, Malemum, get it?

Spartacus101 Mon 29-Jul-13 13:13:52

excellent news smile

TiredyCustards Mon 29-Jul-13 13:20:31

I'm pleased by it, but troubled by the phrase 'modesty bags'.

Anyone else dislike this phrase? I can't quite put my finger on why I do, perhaps because the concept of modesty is all tied up with religious fundamentalism nowadays?

Perhaps 'pervert pouches' would be better...?

DownstairsMixUp Mon 29-Jul-13 13:40:23

NigellasGuest said it right. I totally agree with the move. I don't think they should be banned, no, but I don't want to see it when I go shopping tbh and some of the front covers are a bit much for kids to be seeing, my lo is 4 and has asked before why a lady was naked on a magazine (she wasn't, she had a thong on but you couldn't see it and only black stars covered her nipples)

123rd Mon 29-Jul-13 13:40:57

Good job. It really annoys me seeing them in the shelves. I'm glad the coop are doing this.

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Mon 29-Jul-13 13:41:10

I welcome the move. People aren't being stopped from buying the product; it just means the pictures aren't on display alongside all the other goods in the supermarket, as if naked women were an equivalent commodity to a box of teabags. It's analogous to plain packaging for cigarettes in my view.

'Modesty bag' as a name does not trouble me. If it's tied up with religious fundamentalism then let's reclaim it.

NicholasTeakozy Mon 29-Jul-13 13:48:31

Pervert pouches! grin Great description. Any publication that has a cover objectifying women and men should be covered. I include Chat!, OK! and all the other vacuous celebrity obsessed shitrags in that.

TiredyCustards Mon 29-Jul-13 13:50:55

I think calling them modesty bags implies the bag is there to protect models' modesty, and that the onus is on women to be modest.

It's just slightly dodgy wording.

flatpackhamster Mon 29-Jul-13 13:51:11

I think it's evidence of a growing censoriousness and puritanism, and I don't welcome it. But I've been seeing it grow over the last few years.

AnyFucker Mon 29-Jul-13 13:51:31

People who compare two plastic-titted women rubbing their nipples together on the front of a mainstream magazine and people of all shapes and sizes wearing swimwear on the beach are a bit thick, IMO

BeCool Mon 29-Jul-13 13:51:52

Well done Co-op - be very proud. I'm delighted.

It does astonish me how some people can't/don't see the difference between blatant objectification of women in magazines and elsewhere, and someone wearing a bikini on the beach. There is still a long way to go!

BeCool Mon 29-Jul-13 13:53:41

I don't see how striving for equality in our society can or should be linked with puritanism!!

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