This staple of the supermarket checkout lane is a visually hypersexualized and verbally pornographic magazine. With inexhaustible predictability, Cosmopolitan accosts shoppers with covers pronouncing dozens of recycled “sex tricks” and flaunting an endless supply of hypersexualized cover models. As for Cosmo’s content, it relentlessly glamorizes things like public, anal, group, and violent sex to its young female readership.

As companies like Walmart and Marsh Supermarkets have begun to crack down on Cosmo magazines in their checkout aisles, as a result of outreach by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Cosmo has occasionally self-censored its front pages to have less obviously pornified article titles.

Will Cosmo make progress and regularly produce magazine covers that don’t expose minors in check-out aisles to sexually graphic themes? We’re watching to find out.

Results from a 2015 nationwide survey indicate that many Americans agree.

Cosmo Harms Minors National Survey Results

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NewCosmoThis staple of the supermarket checkout line is sexually exploitive and harmful to minors. While it may not have many nude pictures (though they have started throwing them into recent issues), this publication has steadily declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a verbally pornographic “how-to” sex guide. Cosmo is leading the way in further desensitizing young women and girls to accept and participate in the pornified and sexually violent culture around them.

Pornography desensitizes and entices the user to try harder and more deviant material. Cosmo, like Playboy, Hustler and other mainstream porn, is trying hard to keep up with this fact by writing even more provocative and explicit articles. Common themes of the last year include repeatedly inviting women to participate in anal, oral, public, and violent torture sex and each issue taunts that it has more and better sex tips than the previous issue.

In recent years, Cosmo has started to blatantly target young girls to expand their audience and increase profits. Many of their covers feature teen idols, meant to entice young girls into buying the magazine. They include feature stories from Disney stars and teen icons. A search of #MyCosmo or #CosmoGirl on social media yields pictures, tweets and comments from teen girls around the world gushing about trying Cosmo’s tips and trying to be like women of Cosmo Magazine.

Join us in the fight to get supermarkets and other family-oriented stores to put wrappers on Cosmo Magazine and to stop selling it to children and teens.

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Warning: The content in Cosmopolitan Magazine is pornographic. We have not edited the material.

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Email Executives from Cosmopolitan’s Parent Company

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Print This Flyer

Print this flyer, cut it in half and leave it in front of the Cosmopolitan magazines in your local retail checkout lines or hand to a store manager.

If you can, snap a picture of the flyer on top of a Cosmo and post it on social media using hashtag #cosmoharmsminors

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Cosmo Harms Minors

Harmful to Minors Laws a tool to protect kids from hyper-sexualized material – Patrick Trueman

Dawn Hawkins on the public health crisis from pornography

Cosmopolitan Magazine to Girls: If you’re not sexual, boys won’t want you – Victoria Hearst

What is the impact of hyper-sexualized media on the family?

Are children physically, mentally, and emotionally able to process hyper-sexualized content?

How does sexually explicit content, like Cosmo, affect youth development? – Dr. Judith Reisman answers

What are the major effects of pornography on marriage – Joe Beam, founder of Marriage Helper

How does Cosmo Magazine harm minors? – Day Gardner from National Black Pro-Life Union

Why are you taking on this campaign against a magazine your family publishes? – Victoria Hearst

Why should we care about the impact of magazines like Cosmo on girls? – Alveda King, Civil Rights Activist



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