Walmart spokesperson Meggan Kring said, "With all the products available in our store, we evaluate a variety of things and make changes".
The announcement was made in a press release from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation saying, "You can now buy your groceries with your family knowing you don't have to be exposed to this graphic and often degrading material".
"Removing Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout lines at the behest of a Republican censorship organization that hates female sexuality is not a victory for the #MeToo movement".
Walmart will offer the magazine Cosmopolitan to customers but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. One seriously guilty pleasure of hanging out in Walmart, especially as a teen was flipping through all the comics and magazines at the cash wrap while your mom or dad was getting their purchases rung up and reading the spicy and questionable love, sex, and dating content within magazines like Cosmo.
The NCOSE, also known as Morality in Media, has been working to cover and/or remove Cosmo from store shelves for years, deeming it porn. However, it will still be found in the magazine racks, a Walmart rep tells USA Today.
"[Cosmo] places women's value primarily on their ability to sexually satisfy a man and therefore plays into the same culture where men view and treat women as inanimate sex objects".
Several others were put off by Walmart's justification of pulling the magazine in part to the #MeToo Movement that's now taking place. It later became a literary magazine before being rebranded in 1965 as a women's magazine.
People expressed their opinion via Twitter, and while some seem to support Walmart's bold move, others are completely against the decision. Kristin King, on the other hand, calls Walmart's coupling its decision in with #MeToo as "a stretch".
Cosmopolitan describes itself as a "bible for fun, fearless females that reaches more than 18 million readers a month". The retail giant is pulling the popular publication from the checkout line.