The cleansing of our culture continues unabated. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, says it will be pulling Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout aisles.
The decision – Walmart says it was based mostly on business metrics – comes as the #MeToo movement, a response to the pervasive culture of workplace sexual harassment in the workplace, sweeps the nation.
The Washington Post reports the magazine was yanked from the company’s 5,000 stores after years of pressure from an activist group that says Cosmopolitan is “hyper-sexualized” and “degrading.”
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a Washington-based nonprofit formerly known as Morality in Media, said it long had objected to Cosmopolitan because it was “targeting young girls with its advertisements, the newspaper reported.
We have no dog in this fight, but there is something unsettling about a group or organization interjecting itself between consumers and a business, essentially deciding for consumers what they should and should not be buying.
The big question as our holier-than-thou betters sweep the nation, desperately seeking new targets for their outrage is this: What’s next?