Walmart pulls Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout lines

Shoppers won’t see Cosmopolitan women’s magazine in the checkout lines at Walmart.

Walmart called the move a “business decision,” to remove the women’s magazine. Owned by Hearst Communications, the publication is known for its racy and sometimes provocative covers.

Walmart told CNBC it “will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles.”

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An advocacy group, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, applauded Walmart for its decision, saying Cosmo’s article “regularly promote pornography, sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex, and more, all while marketing toward young teens with Disney star cover models,” in a statement.

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