Have I got your attention?
I was in a local Barnes and Noble today and, once again, Cosmopolitan was displayed at the checkout, exactly at eye level for a six or seven year old, with the title of this post prominently displayed on the front cover. I’ve mentioned my objection to having Cosmo on display at the front of the store on a few different occasions and have been assured that the manager would hear about my concerns. Yeah. Right.
Today I actually spoke with the Assistant Manager and I feel reassured. Reassured, that is, that he does not understand my concern at all. His feeling? Well they probably can’t even read it but if they can, they won’t understand what it means anyway. My feeling? It is not within the purview of Barnes and Noble to dictate when and where I have a conversation with my young child about the meaning of the word orgasm.
It’s not as though it’s unusual for Cosmo covers to feature objectionable headlines. A selection from recent issues includes:
- How to Climax Together
- Sexy vs. Skanky
- Caught Butt Naked: These Horny Couples Couldn’t Control Themselves
- Your Orgasm Face
- Bad Girl Sex
- Secrets of Male Arousal
Even articles that aren’t about sex feature questionable headlines, such as Dragging Ass Lately?, an article about finding more energy.
I did learn that floor displays are dictated by the corporate office. I’m asking that each of you reading this post contact the Customer Service Department at corporate headquarters and voice a complaint about displaying Cosmo at the front of the store. If anyone knows or knows how to obtain an e-mail address for CEO, Steve Riggo, please comment.