Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sandy, UT considers Cosmo porn...

Here we go again.  A mom in Utah thinks magazines sold in store checkout aisles are too "pornographic" for kids.  Adrianne Thygerson, mom to a 7 year old boy, was shopping one day when her son said he hated magazines.  The boy's comment caused Thygerson to start researching the issue of why her son hated magazines.  Apparently, she didn't ask her son why he hates them.  She just went on the warpath to make our checkout lines a safer place for minors.  

According to a post on a blog that has now been deleted, the offending magazine was Cosmopolitan, a popular women's rag.  Thygerson claims the cover was not just inappropriate; it was "pornographic".  So she has been lobbying to get a new law passed to protect children from having to see racy covers in supermarket checkout aisles.

This story reminds me a bit of the one from last spring about the mom who was offended by so-called "pornographic" t-shirts being sold at PacSun in Orem, Utah.  Mom bought all the shirts in the store as a means of forcing it not to sell the items she deemed inappropriate for the public.    

At least Thygerson's son is only 7 years old.  The mom in the PacSun had an 18 year old with her.  I guess I can understand being concerned if your child has access to actual porn-- magazines like Playboy and Penthouse have no place in areas where kids can see them, although in Europe, simple nudity is definitely not a big deal.  By normal peoples' standards, Cosmo is not all that pornographic, though.  Moreover, what do these women know about porn, anyway?  I know anecdotally, Utah citizens supposedly have a very high rate of porn usage, but I doubt it's being viewed by these mothers, who no doubt have been steeped in conservative Mormon culture.

So now lawmakers in Sandy are discussing what they can do to protect little eyes from scandalous women on the covers of women's magazines.  Don't they have anything better on which they could spend their time?

I know, I know...  it's UTAH and morality is everything there, except when it comes to treating people who are different decently.  Of all the things a person can get offended over, why choose a magazine cover?  There's so much more wrong with the world than pictures of naked or semi-naked people.  And besides, Cosmo is hardly pornographic.  Yes, you might see some skin on a Cosmo cover, but I wouldn't call that porn.  Honestly, you'd be hard pressed to get rid of all the influences out there that might offend your son's virgin eyes.

What's really funny is that Sandy, Utah no doubt has Marriott hotels in its midst.  In a Marriott hotel, you can watch porn and read the Book of Mormon all in one sitting while sipping a beer.  I hope mom plans to keep her son from watching TV or surfing the Internet, too.  Because those are two places where raciness abounds.

Why not teach your son self-control and discipline rather than try to ban Cosmo for everyone?  Control freak idiots!

Ugh...  I'd like to rant more about this, but I don't have the strength.  I feel like warmed over poo and am strongly considering retiring to my bed.


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