As I was waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store last week , I read the magazine covers strategically placed to grab my attention . . . what else could I do? We’re essentially forced to read these magazine covers while we wait the usual five minutes at the check-out line. This is all part of a marketing strategy of course and it’s why the magazine distributors pay a fee to put their racks in this high visibility area.There was something about the magazines this time, however, that woke me up out of my usual grocery-line hypnosis. I noticed that most of the magazines, the glamour magazines aimed at young women, were promoting unusually explicit sexual behavior. I counted five that had how-to articles on sex in their attenion getting headlines. The December Cosmopolitan magazine read, “Cosmo Sex School, study up on seduction, learn new tricks with your lips, earn an A+ under the covers, now go to the head of his class.”The cover of the December Glamour magazine read, “21st century do’s and don’ts, ultra orgasms, love positions, lust advise. com.”I strongly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the market place, but this is an abuse of both when promiscuous sexual behavior is being promoted in front of young people. The problem is that placing a magazine at the check-out counter doesn’t allow a choice if we want to read the cover, it’s unavoidable. What may be appropriate for a 25 year old woman may not be appropriate for a 13 year old girl. Yet they will both get the same information put in front of them.And these magazines because they are slick, fashionable, and have a place of prominence in the store, assume high public credibility. So the message to young people is that this behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it’s what they should do to be acceptable.If you’re a teenager forming your views of sexuality, then this is a place you will be getting your ideas about mainstream sexual behavior, at least if you can read and have to wait in the check-out line. But wouldn’t it be preferrable for our children to form their ideas about sexuality from someplace other than a manitory magazine rack? The influence of glamour magazines to adolescent girls is considerable. They have a very strong and seductive appeal. As I have observed from my own teenage daughter, girls of her age have their antennae wide open for high profile, trendy sources of style and behavior. The beautiful models and movie stars featured in glamour magazines are what most girls unconsciously strive to be like. So if the trend in glamour magazines is to promote sexual promiscuity, then that’s the direction many young women will take. Although parents can do nothing about what gets published, we can say no to sexually explicit magazines put in front of our children at the grocery store. The glamour magazines can be put in a rack, along with all the other magazines, where we and our children can make a choice to read them.Commercialism is now so invasive in our lives that it has becoming a destructive force. It’s all over our highways, on our telephones, in our mail boxes, and on our computers. It’s gone beyond all sensible limits. But when commercialism steps over the boundary of decency and ethical conduct in our community, then it’s up to the local citizens to speak up and say, “No, we don’t want that here.” If we find the marketing practices of our community grocery stores to be offensive then we need to express our feeling to the owners and managers. The fact that these magazine racks are in most grocery stores throughout America doesn’t matter here. We need to take responsibility for our children and tell the grocery stores to take greater responsibility if they want to be accepted in our community.(Thank you Jean and Tamar Felton, owners of the Star Store, for making a decision to remove the tabloid newspapers from your sales counter.)Frazer Mann lives in Clinton." "/> As I was waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store last week , I read the magazine covers strategically placed to grab my attention . . . what else could I do? We’re essentially forced to read these magazine covers while we wait the usual five minutes at the check-out line. This is all part of a marketing strategy of course and it’s why the magazine distributors pay a fee to put their racks in this high visibility area.There was something about the magazines this time, however, that woke me up out of my usual grocery-line hypnosis. I noticed that most of the magazines, the glamour magazines aimed at young women, were promoting unusually explicit sexual behavior. I counted five that had how-to articles on sex in their attenion getting headlines. The December Cosmopolitan magazine read, “Cosmo Sex School, study up on seduction, learn new tricks with your lips, earn an A+ under the covers, now go to the head of his class.”The cover of the December Glamour magazine read, “21st century do’s and don’ts, ultra orgasms, love positions, lust advise. com.”I strongly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the market place, but this is an abuse of both when promiscuous sexual behavior is being promoted in front of young people. The problem is that placing a magazine at the check-out counter doesn’t allow a choice if we want to read the cover, it’s unavoidable. What may be appropriate for a 25 year old woman may not be appropriate for a 13 year old girl. Yet they will both get the same information put in front of them.And these magazines because they are slick, fashionable, and have a place of prominence in the store, assume high public credibility. So the message to young people is that this behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it’s what they should do to be acceptable.If you’re a teenager forming your views of sexuality, then this is a place you will be getting your ideas about mainstream sexual behavior, at least if you can read and have to wait in the check-out line. But wouldn’t it be preferrable for our children to form their ideas about sexuality from someplace other than a manitory magazine rack? The influence of glamour magazines to adolescent girls is considerable. They have a very strong and seductive appeal. As I have observed from my own teenage daughter, girls of her age have their antennae wide open for high profile, trendy sources of style and behavior. The beautiful models and movie stars featured in glamour magazines are what most girls unconsciously strive to be like. So if the trend in glamour magazines is to promote sexual promiscuity, then that’s the direction many young women will take. Although parents can do nothing about what gets published, we can say no to sexually explicit magazines put in front of our children at the grocery store. The glamour magazines can be put in a rack, along with all the other magazines, where we and our children can make a choice to read them.Commercialism is now so invasive in our lives that it has becoming a destructive force. It’s all over our highways, on our telephones, in our mail boxes, and on our computers. It’s gone beyond all sensible limits. But when commercialism steps over the boundary of decency and ethical conduct in our community, then it’s up to the local citizens to speak up and say, “No, we don’t want that here.” If we find the marketing practices of our community grocery stores to be offensive then we need to express our feeling to the owners and managers. The fact that these magazine racks are in most grocery stores throughout America doesn’t matter here. We need to take responsibility for our children and tell the grocery stores to take greater responsibility if they want to be accepted in our community.(Thank you Jean and Tamar Felton, owners of the Star Store, for making a decision to remove the tabloid newspapers from your sales counter.)Frazer Mann lives in Clinton.""Place risque magazines away from counter>As I was waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store last week , I read the magazine covers strategically placed to grab my attention . . . what else could I do? We’re essentially forced to read these magazine covers while we wait the usual five minutes at the check-out line. This is all part of a marketing strategy of course and it’s why the magazine distributors pay a fee to put their racks in this high visibility area.There was something about the magazines this time, however, that woke me up out of my usual grocery-line hypnosis. I noticed that most of the magazines, the glamour magazines aimed at young women, were promoting unusually explicit sexual behavior. I counted five that had how-to articles on sex in their attenion getting headlines. The December Cosmopolitan magazine read, “Cosmo Sex School, study up on seduction, learn new tricks with your lips, earn an A+ under the covers, now go to the head of his class.”The cover of the December Glamour magazine read, “21st century do’s and don’ts, ultra orgasms, love positions, lust advise. com.”I strongly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the market place, but this is an abuse of both when promiscuous sexual behavior is being promoted in front of young people. The problem is that placing a magazine at the check-out counter doesn’t allow a choice if we want to read the cover, it’s unavoidable. What may be appropriate for a 25 year old woman may not be appropriate for a 13 year old girl. Yet they will both get the same information put in front of them.And these magazines because they are slick, fashionable, and have a place of prominence in the store, assume high public credibility. So the message to young people is that this behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it’s what they should do to be acceptable.If you’re a teenager forming your views of sexuality, then this is a place you will be getting your ideas about mainstream sexual behavior, at least if you can read and have to wait in the check-out line. But wouldn’t it be preferrable for our children to form their ideas about sexuality from someplace other than a manitory magazine rack? The influence of glamour magazines to adolescent girls is considerable. They have a very strong and seductive appeal. As I have observed from my own teenage daughter, girls of her age have their antennae wide open for high profile, trendy sources of style and behavior. The beautiful models and movie stars featured in glamour magazines are what most girls unconsciously strive to be like. So if the trend in glamour magazines is to promote sexual promiscuity, then that’s the direction many young women will take. Although parents can do nothing about what gets published, we can say no to sexually explicit magazines put in front of our children at the grocery store. The glamour magazines can be put in a rack, along with all the other magazines, where we and our children can make a choice to read them.Commercialism is now so invasive in our lives that it has becoming a destructive force. It’s all over our highways, on our telephones, in our mail boxes, and on our computers. It’s gone beyond all sensible limits. But when commercialism steps over the boundary of decency and ethical conduct in our community, then it’s up to the local citizens to speak up and say, “No, we don’t want that here.” If we find the marketing practices of our community grocery stores to be offensive then we need to express our feeling to the owners and managers. The fact that these magazine racks are in most grocery stores throughout America doesn’t matter here. We need to take responsibility for our children and tell the grocery stores to take greater responsibility if they want to be accepted in our community.(Thank you Jean and Tamar Felton, owners of the Star Store, for making a decision to remove the tabloid newspapers from your sales counter.)Frazer Mann lives in Clinton." "/> Viewpoint - South Whidbey Record
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"Place risque magazines away from counter>As I was waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store last week , I read the magazine covers strategically placed to grab my attention . . . what else could I do? We’re essentially forced to read these magazine covers while we wait the usual five minutes at the check-out line. This is all part of a marketing strategy of course and it’s why the magazine distributors pay a fee to put their racks in this high visibility area.There was something about the magazines this time, however, that woke me up out of my usual grocery-line hypnosis. I noticed that most of the magazines, the glamour magazines aimed at young women, were promoting unusually explicit sexual behavior. I counted five that had how-to articles on sex in their attenion getting headlines. The December Cosmopolitan magazine read, “Cosmo Sex School, study up on seduction, learn new tricks with your lips, earn an A+ under the covers, now go to the head of his class.”The cover of the December Glamour magazine read, “21st century do’s and don’ts, ultra orgasms, love positions, lust advise. com.”I strongly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the market place, but this is an abuse of both when promiscuous sexual behavior is being promoted in front of young people. The problem is that placing a magazine at the check-out counter doesn’t allow a choice if we want to read the cover, it’s unavoidable. What may be appropriate for a 25 year old woman may not be appropriate for a 13 year old girl. Yet they will both get the same information put in front of them.And these magazines because they are slick, fashionable, and have a place of prominence in the store, assume high public credibility. So the message to young people is that this behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it’s what they should do to be acceptable.If you’re a teenager forming your views of sexuality, then this is a place you will be getting your ideas about mainstream sexual behavior, at least if you can read and have to wait in the check-out line. But wouldn’t it be preferrable for our children to form their ideas about sexuality from someplace other than a manitory magazine rack? The influence of glamour magazines to adolescent girls is considerable. They have a very strong and seductive appeal. As I have observed from my own teenage daughter, girls of her age have their antennae wide open for high profile, trendy sources of style and behavior. The beautiful models and movie stars featured in glamour magazines are what most girls unconsciously strive to be like. So if the trend in glamour magazines is to promote sexual promiscuity, then that’s the direction many young women will take. Although parents can do nothing about what gets published, we can say no to sexually explicit magazines put in front of our children at the grocery store. The glamour magazines can be put in a rack, along with all the other magazines, where we and our children can make a choice to read them.Commercialism is now so invasive in our lives that it has becoming a destructive force. It’s all over our highways, on our telephones, in our mail boxes, and on our computers. It’s gone beyond all sensible limits. But when commercialism steps over the boundary of decency and ethical conduct in our community, then it’s up to the local citizens to speak up and say, “No, we don’t want that here.” If we find the marketing practices of our community grocery stores to be offensive then we need to express our feeling to the owners and managers. The fact that these magazine racks are in most grocery stores throughout America doesn’t matter here. We need to take responsibility for our children and tell the grocery stores to take greater responsibility if they want to be accepted in our community.(Thank you Jean and Tamar Felton, owners of the Star Store, for making a decision to remove the tabloid newspapers from your sales counter.)Frazer Mann lives in Clinton."

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