March 12, 2008 by Stacy McDonald

Soft Core Porn in our "Family Friendly" Stores?

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I am livid.

When I was flying to visit my daughter this past week we were visually assaulted by huge displays of the most recent Sports Illustrated “swimsuit” issue. Funny thing is the poor dear seemed to have lost her swimsuit. There was a wall of magazines, facing the walkway for everyone to see, filled with images of a topless woman, arms behind her head, and wearing nothing but a string bikini bottom and necklaces.

Thankfully I didn’t have my son or my little ones with me (or my husband for that matter!). But I had a long talk with my 17-year-old daughter who was accompanying me.

Then, a few days ago, I saw the same soft porn filth at Sam’s Club—again, in full view of children and anyone else walking the main aisle! When I complained, the manager told me she completely agreed with me, but she couldn’t do anything about it. It was the decision of the “corporate office” and that was who stocked the shelves.

Not sure I completely buy that. So what is it they need a manager for anyway? Either way, maybe the “corporate office” needs to hear from all the large families and churches who buy large quantities of food and furniture from Sam’s Club. In addition to that, we verified that Costco and Wal-Mart are both carrying the magazine as well.

Recently, we discussed on my blog the difficulties some women face regarding intimacy in marriage. The results were alarming. Our poll, private emails to me, and our discussion, revealed that pornography played a huge part in harming marriages – and families. Women felt insecure, compared, rejected, and devalued. And why not? Pornography not only harms women and the way they view their bodies, it desensitizes men and fills them with an insatiable lust that can’t be quenched by godly intimacy. What do you think happens to the children?

Pornography, even the sugar coated kind, attacks marriage. And in the process, it devastates families. Ultimately, it gets to the core—it destroys godly seed. Children are either themselves harmed by abuse or the damaged marriage of their parents; or they never come to be—a destroyed marriage means no (more) children born from that union.

When we visited Alabama last year, I went into a Publix grocery store and they had plastic magazine covers over all of their questionable magazines – even those that most shoppers wouldn’t consider totally obscene (People, Star, National Enquirer). I took a picture of their display with my cell phone, but I couldn’t figure out how to get it off my phone. :-) But, the photo above gives you the general idea; and it at least shows a Cosmo covered up.

I am truly getting tired of this. Aren’t you? James and I have put together a sample letter in the form of a downloadable Word document that you can personalize yourselves. You can put it on your blogs, your websites, print it out and give it to friends at church, or whatever other ideas you may have – feel free!

Since it’s a Word document everyone can plug in the name of their own grocery stores, Sam’s club, Barnes and Noble, whatever…and demand that they remove the filth from the view of our families. Don’t forget to complain to a manager in person, but let’s also bombard them with mail. ARE YOU WITH US?

Send THIS LETTER to your local Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart – or anyone else carrying the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Sam’s Club
Attention: Doug McMillan, CEO
608 Southwest 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
888-746-7726
EMAIL

Costco [UPDATE: Costco pulled the SI swimsuit issue off their shelves! Thank you, Costco! Now you can write and thank them personally!]

Attention: James D. Sinegal, CEO
999 Lake Dr
Issaquah, WA 98027-8990
(425) 313-8100
800-955-2292
EMAIL

Walmart
Attention: Lee Scott, CEO
702 SW Eighth Street
Bentonville, AR 72716
(479) 273-4000
800-925-6278
EMAIL

Send THIS LETTER to your local grocery store, if they are displaying obscene or inappropriate magazines in their check out lines. Be sure so personalize it and don’t forget to complain in person – you can do it! Remember it’s for your children!

Click here to read what the American Decency Association has to say about the SI Issue. And my husband, James, had a few thoughts too.

Here’s what I sent to Sam’s:

Dear [Supervisor’s name],

My husband and I, along with our children, live in Central Illinois; and aside from this one troubling issue, we have always been happy shopping at your … store. In addition, our church has a Sam’s account; and we frequently purchase supplies from you for our weekly fellowship meals, as well as electronics and various other equipment needed for our church.

I have to say, I was absolutely appalled to see in your store, in full view of my children, a large display of magazines featuring a topless woman in a string bikini. Sports Illustrated is nothing more than soft pornography and I am outraged that families are subjected to this smut while innocently shopping in your stores.

The American Decency Association has this to say about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue:

Starting with the topless woman on the cover, SI gets to the real purpose of the issue – the pornographic exhibition of women for the pleasure of men. Page after page reveals erotically displayed young women in, at the most, barely there bikinis. Each lust-producing pornographic pose reinforces the message to ogling men and boys that women are nothing more than sexual objects to be used…

In addition to the nearly bare models, are dozens of photos of topless or completely nude women. There are also a number of pullout pinups… This outrageous display is basically no different than a Playboy…”

By carrying this magazine you are helping to promote a product that degrades women, harms families, and contributes to the moral decay of society. There are many others like me who don’t appreciate companies that promote illicit sex and neglect the moral safety of families (and children) who shop in their stores. I plead with you to pull this offensive product from your shelves immediately.

Please know that my readers, as well as Christians in our local community, will be actively participating in a campaign to purge this, and magazines like it, from the stores we frequent. At the very least, we insist that you cover the offensive magazines from view. For those stores that refuse to hear our pleas, we will be forced to boycott them; and we will actively push for others to take a stand and shop elsewhere.

I have always considered Sam’s a family-friendly store. Please, for the good of American families and society, please stop selling pornography.

Sincerely,

Stacy D. McDonald

Editor-in-Chief
Family Reformation® magazine
http://www.familyreformation.org/

Also, remember that even the models in these magazines can’t live up to the standard of “beauty” the world presents. Check out this demonstration of how the images we see in magazines and on billboards are “doctored.”

[UPDATE: The Sam’s in Peoria, Illinois has decided to put a sign where the SI magazine used to be. The sign read, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is available behind the member services desk.” Hurray!!!!!! Of course, we’d rather they not carry it at all, but at least now we won’t be visually assaulted walking down thier aisles.



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46 Responses to “Soft Core Porn in our "Family Friendly" Stores?”

  1. Denise says:

    Amen! and thank you, Stacy. Very well said and much needed.

  2. MInTheGap says:

    This is definitely a big problem, but, honestly, my normal path doesn’t take me by many of these magazines. I wish they would do this with all the magazines near the checkouts. Frankly, I don’t have a need to find out what Britney’s latest news is, and the covers are definitely geared to try to catch eyeballs.

    Thanks for the resources to use, this is definitely a battle worth fighting.

  3. Marci says:

    You are singing my song Stacy. I will be sending out letters. I did ask one grocery store if they would at least make a magazine free checkout lane. They already had a candy free one because someone complained. They said they were not allowed, but if I found a magazine offensive, they could move it. Well I pointed out 3 right off, but they did not get moved.

  4. Sunday says:

    Linked! I’m not sure how to include the link here but you can visit my blog at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/quilt2day

    Keep holding the standard high ladies!

    Sunday

  5. Mrs. N. says:

    I’m gratified to see that someone else is as outraged by this as I am. This particular magazine was at our Walmart in every check out lane. I called the manager over and took her to the display. She confided that I had to call the corporate office. ( Before I left Walmart,I covered the front of SI with Paula Dean’s magazine. I figured that most teens and men wouldn’t be interested in her mag). I called immediately upon arriving home. The young woman I spoke to was very apologetic and told me that she would notify whomever it was that needed notifying. I asked what in what time frame I could expect to see a change and she replied 2-3 business days. I told her I would call back in that time if no changes were made. She was true to her word, I went back and the magazines were gone. I will state that they were still available in the magazine section. ( I cover them there, too.)

  6. Step says:

    Amen! This is such a big problem and I was also livid at seeing the new SI swimsuit issue at the stores I frequent as well. Honestly, there are many other magazines in the check out lanes that are questionable IMO. I will definitely make use of your letter template and send out some stern reminders. Many voices in unison can bring about change!

  7. Hannah says:

    Livid is a great word to describe how I felt when I saw the latest swimsuit edition in the check out aisle at our local Hannaford grocery store. Not only was it there, it was at my five year olds son’s eye level!
    I am notorious for flipping over obscene magazine covers but the back of that one wasn’t any better…
    Ugh. Definitely writing letters on this one.
    Blessings,
    Hannah

  8. Brandy says:

    I was just in a book store with some girlfriends the other night when we were looking at some girly decorating magazines to look at, and sure enough, we had to walk by these exact magazines to get to the ones we wanted. I am so glad our husband’s weren’t with us! Even still, I walk away feeling like I live in a world of unattainable perfection. I hate that feeling!

    Thanks for this post. I will be posting a link on my blog to yours if that is ok.

    Blessings!

  9. Mrs. J. says:

    Having raised three sons and am raising two more and two daughters, we have faced this issue from time to time. I had to cancel my subscription to “Victoria” because of their adds for laungerie. But just as these things are repulsive, so are the romance books that ladies read. They give ladies unrealistic expectations in their marriages. They stir up feelings that have no business being stirred up! We must be ever dilligent to protect our families from this destructive intrusion. We have trained our sons with the motto, “I shall not ‘look’ upon a maiden.” So when faced with this “stuff”, they look down or turn thier heads just like their dad. Thank you, Stacy for bringing this issue to the forfront reminding us to act again!

  10. gloria says:

    Stacy,

    I hear your heart on this one and this is an issue that we have been concerned about as a family. Our local grocery store had a problem with this – and we did complain to management. There are plastic covers as you said that can be placed on the magazines. I can’t agree more with you! We need to shop at stores that support our values and if enough of us say “enough” perhaps things will change…. but we simply can’t look the other way. We need to give our children the example of standing up for what is right and defending the sanctity of marriage and the virtue of womanhood.

    Great blog post!

    Blessings~~
    gloria

  11. Simply Heart And Home says:

    Hello. Nice to meet you. I found your site through Mrs. Wilt’s.

    It is discouraging to see all the magazine covers but not only the pictures but the article titles as well. We are constantly bombarded with x-rated this and that.

    Thank you for reminding us that we don’t have to just look at them as we pass by. Hopefully, things will change.

  12. heatherbythesea says:

    Thank you Stacey. I am climbling on this bandwagon full force!

    Let me add that about 5 years ago I was doing my magazine turning in the check-out aisle. And after I’d checked out and was in the parking lot, the man that had been behind me in line ran over and thanked me for doing that!

    May we all make a difference with these letters!

  13. Candy :) says:

    Hi. This is my first time visiting your blog. I totally agree with this post and am totally impressed with your letter. I am from Canada and Im going to look into the addresses and names of the companies here that I can send a letter like yours to. Thank you so very much for sharing your letter and this post.

    Kindest Regards,
    Candy

  14. Candy :) says:

    P.s
    WOW, Ive just been looking around your site and just realized you are an author for Housewives Desperate for God! I have been trying so hard to get that book here in my city (Edmonton, Alberta..Canada) None of my local Christian bookstores or any bookstores carry it. Would you happen to know if there is anywhere in my city or Canada where I may get a copy by any chance?
    Thanks Kindly,
    Candy

  15. Mrs. Wilt says:

    I can 100% agree with this post. As we were walking by the magazines on Monday after shopping for our groceries, my 4 year-old remarked, “Mommy, why don’t those girls have on any clothes?” Already I am beginning to teach him to cast down his eyes when faced with immodesty. So very, very sad. I will be more than happy to send letters to our stores. Thank you for providing such excellent resources for us!

    Also, thank you for stopping by and commenting at my blog earlier today with your kindness and wisdom. I am hoping that the “Month of Modesty” series will challenge the ladies who visit my blog as the articles at LAF (some of which were authored by you) challenged me 5 years ago when I began re-considering my personal definition of modesty. I hope that you will stop by often and share with us. :o)

    I don’t know if this is my first time commenting, but I do enjoy your blog so much. Thank you for holding high the banner of Christ through your ministry here! :o)

  16. Stacy McDonald says:

    Hi Mrs. Wilt,

    Welcome to my blog! I was wondering if you could write me privately. I was unable to find an email address for you. Thanks!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I think this is a simply excellent idea; way to go, Stacy! Magazines aren’t the only trouble spots. I remember when I was thirteen, I was aware of very risque video covers in Blockbuster, showing anything from a man and a woman showering together to images of Anime nudity! I recall that, anytime my ten-year-old sister went in with me, I’d steer her in the direction I was going and never let her wander off by herself, knowing what she might see if she did.

  18. Brandy says:

    Thank You Stacy and James!

    I get SO tired of seeing these things in the check out lanes and having to try to distract my children or send them ahead. I have not seen the SI issue- but I’m sure it’s on our local stands too!

    Action Taken!

  19. Vicki Clifton says:

    Wow. I found your blog through a link of someone else’s. I’m so happy to see that someone else…many for that matter…seem to care about the same issue I do! I have started turning the magazines around…and sometimes I’m surprised by a nasty picture on the back…so I put woman’s day etc over them. I have done this for 3 years or more. The other day I just went walking down Walmart’s checkout turning magazines over. I decided if they wouldn’t do anything about it, I would! My teenage son will say “Mom (while he’s looking the other way) there’s a magazine that needs turned over”. He also is proud of me that I turn the magazines over. I started it as a way of protecting my boys while they were shopping with me. Now, I try to protect other boys/men even when mine aren’t with me. Thanks for taking a strong stand against this!
    Vicki Clifton

  20. Erin says:

    Dear Mrs. McDonald, thank you so much for posting this! I am a 16-year-old girl (and a huge fan of yours!), and I am constantly shocked and offended by the shameful things that are put out there for people to see. I will ask my parents to sign these letters and send them out to our local stores.

    Your blog as well as your book Raising Maidens of Virtue have been a great comfort and encouragement to me. I pray every day for God to send me friends like your daughters, and I try so hard to be like them. Thank you for raising such beautiful maidens to be an example to those like me who are desperately striving to be Godly women in a world which encourages the exact opposite.

    Blessings to you and your family!

  21. Claire in Montgomery says:

    We live in Alabama and regularly shop at Publix BECAUSE they cover the magazines at the checkout. It is not fair to my three boys(and two girls) to have to look at that filth. I have expressed this to Publix and they were thrilled to hear it. i even refuse to take my boys to other stores so they don’t have to deal with the visual onslaught. Thank you for posting about this topic.

  22. Mrs. Bethany Hudson says:

    Stacey,
    Thank you so much for brining this to my attention and for adding links to the letters and contact information of the stores. I have not noticed if you local COSTCO sells this magazine, but I will be checking during my shopping trip this week, and if I find that they do, I will be sending them a letter.
    ~Bethany

  23. KeepItSimple says:

    Hey Stacy…

    Some good news for you! I emailed Costco earlier today with the letter you have in your post. Here is the reply I received:

    Dear Mrs. Eldridge – I am an Assistant Buyer in the Book/Magazine department. The buyer is currently traveling but we did want to let you know that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue that you saw was shipped by the vendor in error. Magazines are stocked in our buildings by the vendor (with Costco title approval) and once we realized the issue, we instructed all of them to be removed off the sales floor. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is no longer on the Magazine rack at Costco.

    Thank you for your business.

    Sincerely,
    Melissa
    Melissa Medeiros
    Assistant Buyer – Books
    Costco Wholesale
    mmedeiros@costco.com
    Phone (425) 313-6135
    Fax (425) 313-8343
    ” The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” (Lao Tzu)

    Thanks for encouraging me, and for holding the banner high.

    Blessings –
    Camille

  24. Jen says:

    Wow. That is shocking and disgusting. Unbelievable!

  25. Jack's Mommy says:

    I hate those covers too – especially when my hubby is with me!!! it definately doesn’t do very well for someone’s self esteem. I also hate the romantic book covers, like on harliquin books and stuff… i’m an avid reader (but not of that junk) so I often end up in the book isles of stores with my hubby tagging along. many times i’ve become too annoyed (inwardly) to stay because there would be soooo many “romance” books with horrible covers stacked right there beside my usual books of interest (the christian books, nonetheless!!!)

  26. Jennifer says:

    Stacy, I have a question out of curiousity. I hope this isn’t too off topic, but I was just wondering how you feel about tasteful nudity, like artistic nudity, on display on book covers? Just so you know, I am NOT referring to those horrid Harlequin Romance books, lol. I’m thinking of books such as art books, containing non-sensual nudity, like the historical paintings of people and even fantasy beings, such as mermaids and fairies, who are shown in their natural state. Occassionally these books feature a nude subject on the cover. What do you think of these? Would you be embarassed (or as embarassed) for your children to see them, as you were with the sports covers? Thanks and kudos to you again for standing up to this problem!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if you meant to do this or not, but I’m thinking not. When you signed your letter to Sam’s you identified yourself as editor-in-chief. I’m thinking you meant to add that you were editor-in chief of Family Reformation Magazine, not Family Reformation Ministries. :-)

    Kimberly

  28. Stacy McDonald says:

    Thank you, Kimberly,

    I’ve corrected my mistake. Though Family Reformation magazine operates underneath Family Reformation ministries, I meant to put FR magazine. That was the point – to hopefully get the attention of the mangement that a family-focused magazine was paying attention to what they were doing.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I was at Walmart with my 6yo son, looking at coloring books. They were moving the coloring books right next to the swim suit edition. He turned his head right when I saw it and I covered his eyes so fast and we left.
    Right next to the coloring books!
    I am speechless.

  30. RJM says:

    This may be a comment for a different post (that I haven’t seen yet, but maybe one that could come up in the near future), but as I was reading this post, thinking about the problem of pornography (very real, very wrong), I can’t help but think that women, as well, have a battle to fight in their mind and emotions, as much as men have one to fight with their eyes.

    I remember when I first became a Christian and was at a friends house and picked up a “Christian Romance novel”… Now I think the thing is almost an oxymoron, but at the time I thought it was a wonderful thing. A romance story with a Christian sentiment, what a “blessing!”

    I don’t know how many Christian women read romance novels, Christian or secular, but as much as men struggle with averting their eyes and keeping their thoughts pure, we as women are geared to fantasize on an emotional level, and romance novels, even Christian ones, fuel the fire of hoping, thinking and feeling for something that is not ours.

    This becomes an even bigger problem for women who are married. Watching movies and fantasizing about the leading men, even so much as to wish our husbands had qualities they did (how is that different from men wishing their wives had looks that models or other women have? The heart and intent of it is the same), leading to frustration, doubt, and dissatisfaction with the one we have chosen and vowed to commit ourselves to – body, mind and soul, to walk through life together, to participate in one another’s sanctification – for better and for worse. I have a very sad friend who is very unhappy in her marriage, largely in part to her constant comparing of her husband to every male lead in romantic movies that she adores to watch. I don’t know how to tell her that as long as she compares her husband to a fictional character who is just that – not real, and holds him to that ridiculous expectation, she will never feel loved by him, and will not fully love him or find satisfaction in her marriage (and she is a Christian).

    I openly admit that for the longest time I struggled with comparing my husband to Mr. D’Arcy from Pride and Prejudice – and it’s a classic novel, not some cheap (in every sense) modern chick-lit on the shelf at the supermarket. But the opportunity was there for my heart to fantasize about something that did not belong to me (and is not even real), and it was sobering coming to grips with the realization that this is not much different (honestly I believe, not at all different) than men and what we typically consider “pornography”. I would consider women’s struggles with emotional fantasies as pornography of the heart. It has the same effect – it steals from us the ability to judge and enjoy reality, and it robs our husbands (present or future for those not yet married) of the freedom to be who God has created them to be, as well as robbing them of the grace to change and mature into who God has for them to be.

    God has done an incredible thing in helping me and my friends realize how this is equally, albeit more subtly, destructive to our own hearts and marriages as pornography is. Men lust with their eyes, women lust with their hearts.

    So as we all are, rightfully, standing up for family-friendly content in our stores, let’s also keep a keen eye on the Plumb Line to which we all, man or woman, need to be in line with.

    We cheat on our husbands (and set ourselves up for serious disappointment with our future husband) when we engage in emotional affairs with friends we find attractive, who have qualities – physical and personality – we admire (when we use those qualities to compare our husbands) and more subtly, when we engage in emotional affairs with characters in films and novels.

    Maybe many of the women who read your blog, Stacey, can’t relate to this, but I think it’s more common than we realize, and equally as unfair to our husbands as pornography is to us. If unchecked, it can lead to full-blown emotional affairs (even if it never goes beyond our mind) and, as Jesus warned, if you even think about [someone] in a lustful way, you’ve already committed adultery.

  31. brent.fontenot says:

    Stacy,
    I was At Barnes and Nobles about a month ago and saw this SI magazine(Barely Bikini is the name). I was so horrified I ask to speak with a manager and told him my concerns. He proceeded to tell me it was a corporate thing, I ask for a phone number to corporate headquarters. As I was leaving the woman that worked the cashier told me I was the only one who has ever said anything about the trashy magazines. She proceeded to tell me of some homosexual magazines located at the front door at childrens eye level. On my way out I did notice them and they too were disgusting. I did call corporate and they told me it was not a corporate thing and that the district manager could remove them if the local people didn’t like the display. I was told they would take care of it. I have not checked in on them yet. Thanks for the resources and the post.
    Renee

  32. Stacy McDonald says:

    Hi Renee,

    Yes, we’ve seen the same thing and heard the same problem from others. While there may be some stores who aren’t able to make their own decisions on these things, I think it’s an easy way to “blame” someone else. “Local store” blames “corporate office” and “corporate office” blames “local store.” What they don’t realize is that it makes them look either dishonest or disorganized. Not the best image to portray to the public either way.

  33. LinesFromTheVine says:

    I think that this is just one more reason why it is so very IMPORTANT to pray over our families. We never know what we are going to be faced with- even by just walking into the local supermarket.

    I did write to Walmart and SAM’S,….I do hope that they will take them down but after several years of asking, the best I can expect in my area is that they will be moved a little higher or a little lower on the shelves. I think that I might try to do more
    of my shopping at Publix where they usually cover the issues- I think it’s worth the extra expense to protect my little ones.

    Tracy

  34. Rhonwyn says:

    I see that many of you ladies are like me, and you tend to stick to the grocery aisles.

    Recently I had occasion to need oil for our van, so I entered the automotive aisles of a Wal-Mart store. It is my general practice to avoid WM, but I was out of town and knew I could get what I needed there. There was a single display of about 6 totally indecent magazines, the SI swimsuit being among the most modest. I was horrified that they would target the men in my family so shamelessly. I have 5 teenaged sons and a husband, all of whom spend a great deal of time on the maintenance of our “fleet” of older vehicles. Had I not happened into that department, I would never have known the bombardment my men are facing.

    Upon complaint, I was told *wink, wink*, “The men never complain about them being there.”

    I did check the two local Wal-Marts upon our return, and they have similar displays in their automotive sections. My complaints have done nothing to remove them; its not a “family” section of the store like the check-out or main aisles. My family will be buying their automotive supplies elsewhere, for sure.

  35. Jennifer says:

    “Upon complaint, I was told *wink, wink*, “The men never complain about them being there.”

    Rhonwyn, would you mind giving me the identity and contact information of the person who said that? I’d love to give the putz a piece of my mind..

  36. Jennifer says:

    Rjm, thank you for your powerful words. They offer quite a lot to think about. On a side note, I don’t think emotional fantasies are as lethal as pornography inherently is, because the nature of porn and not just the result is inhuman. Porn often shows images of women being violently hurt and men getting pleasure out of it. In this sense, it doesn’t just make men want unrealistic bodies, it also makes them want women in a violent and unhealthy way; that’s the material difference.

    Good points; we need to make sure that we recall Mr. Darcy as Lizzy Bennett’s man, and not our imaginary one! :P

  37. Jennifer says:

    Good grief! It’s getting to where you can’t go anywhere without saying, “Close your eyes!” to your children! I’m definately going to send the letter to our Sam’s. How disappointing! What would Sam Walton say? We spend quite a bit of time perusing the books isle at Sam’s, and I would be horrified for my boys or girls to see that type of magazine! Thank you for getting the word out to us all.

    Much love,
    Jennifer :-)

  38. Christian Homekeeper says:

    That is such filth to be displayed in clear view! (or even at all!) Thanks for taking a stand and wonderful to hear that Costco has removed it and your local Sam’s store moved it.

    Bev

  39. ritabradley01 says:

    I’m with you friend. I complained at the local 7-11 a few months ago and the clerk didn’t see a problem with it. I didn’t go to the store for months but when I popped in recently all the nastiest stuff was covered up. Porn is a horrible problem in this country. I hope we can stem the tide somehow.

  40. Diamond to Be says:

    Regarding the Dove Campaign video, here is another one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaH4y6ZjSfE&eurl=http://komando.com/videos/4-10.asp
    This one made me cry! (Beware the related videos.)

  41. Anonymous says:

    Stacy THANK YOU! I found your blog today by doing a Google search for "soft porn in stores" because at a CVS Pharmacy I saw a magazine with nudity on/in it & I'm SO tired of it. It's not just SI, it's MANY other magazines and the ads in the back of them are FOR hardcore porn. These are not in the checkout lines, but in the magazine sections. They are at EYE Level of gradeschool & middle school children. Anyone could look at them or buy them. Also it is not just Walmart & CVS, but Walgreens, Woodmans, Cub Foods…. it's EVERYwhere. Finding your blog was one of those "answers to a prayer you haven't even prayed yet" because I wanted to find a letter outline like yours and your blog was the first thing I clicked on after the search! Also, I want to send it to every church in my city & challenge them to WRITE the letters. I also found out on the responses that there ARE other women that turn magazines around or cover them! I've been doing it for years thinking I was all alone. Thanks again! (I'm in Green Bay, Wisconsin).

  42. Anonymous says:

    P.S. from "Anonymous in Green Bay." Just wanted to make you aware also that on the "Dr. Leonard's" online catalog site, they are offering pornography videos in the guise of "how to" & "marital help." Some, if not all of the actors in these videos/DVDs are actual porn industry actors. Sad, sad, sad is all I can say as to how much this industry has infiltrated. Incidentally, other "marital aid" products are made by companies that also produce pornography.

  43. Me says:

    Thank you for your post. It is very inspiring to see people stand up for what they belief in. If we “stand close together and lift where [we] stand” we can many a significant difference in society.

  44. Nikki says:

    Hi, what do you infer by “godly intimacy”
    Taken from “it desensitizes men and fills them with an insatiable lust that can’t be quenched by godly intimacy”
    Thanks,
    Nikki

  45. LauraW says:

    I'm sure the purpose of this post was not to prompt people to look for the specific cover you are writing about yet I did so in order to be able to compare it. There is a lingerie shop on the way to our local supermarket. Photos similar and even worse than that on the SI cover are displayed in this shop's windows. What makes it even more concerning is that there is a small cafe operating just outside. Each time I go past I see men and women of all ages sitting in that cafe seemingly oblivious to the pornography in front of them. Are we so inoculated to sin that it has now lost its power to shock? Our culture has sex weaved into almost everything and now, due to over exposure, it is loosing its sting.

    As Christians I pray that through constantly praying and reading His Word that we, unlike the culture, would remain shocked by sin and set apart unto God.

    Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

  46. Sara says:

    Amen! Thank you. Around here, the problem is Cosmo. That magazine is truly perverted. Even People is getting bad. I’ve started complaining to stores that sell it and thanking stores that at least cover it. My DH has toyed with calling corporate and reading the headlines aloud to the lady who answers the phone, and then after 30 seconds asking her if she considers it sexual harrassment. Then, if it is, why is their store subjecting us to it? Just an idea.

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