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Lads Mags and Porn Papers in Sheffield

Posted by charliegrrl on June 20, 2006

Thanks to Laura in Sheffield for emailing these pics to me.
WHSmith in Sheffield train station (13.06.06). As you can see, these lads mags are shelved at the eye level of a child. WHSmith clearly are not following NFRN guidelines or their own top shelf policy.

WHSmith Sheffield train station (13.06.06)
The Daily Sport is a pornographic ‘newspaper’. The little news it reports on usually has a sexual content. Oh yeah and there’s some sport. NFRN guidelines state that such ‘newspapers’ should be turned over, face down or obscured. So why are WHSmith shelving The Daily Sport at the eye level of a child and in clear view?!?


Spar Sheffield (13.06.06)
ZOO and Nuts not only on the bottom shelf, but also adjacent to children’s magazines CBeebies and Noddy! Also, above Bliss, which is a teen girls magazine.


Spar Sheffield (13.06.06)
Lads mags are clearly being promoted here and are not shelved away from children’s view. It appears that they even have these shelves labelled with ZOO and FHM slogans.

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13 Responses to “Lads Mags and Porn Papers in Sheffield”

  1. Anonymous said

    In my view the Daily Sport and Nuts etc are the first line of defense against feminist extremism.

  2. What..?!? Where is the logic in that..? And I am not a feminist ‘extremist’.

  3. Anonymous said

    Women not wanting to be ridiculed and insulted in mainstream magazines is extreme? How so?

  4. I’m sorry, I don’t understand your comment..?
    Are you saying that Nuts and Daily Sport help to defend women from feminist ‘extremism’..? Of course I don’t want women to be insulted in magazines…

  5. Anonymous said

    Stopping people from doing what they want to do is extreme – the models who pose in these magazines are doing so by choice, as are the people who buy the magazines/newspapers.

  6. anna said

    “Stopping people from doing what they want to do is extreme”

    It’s not “extreme” annon it comes under, “not being able to have your own way all of the time.” Also called the patriarchy. Some people also want to have sex with children, or rape women, or like to see human beings as “objects”, it dosen’t mean to stop them is “extreme” If these “lad mags” are allowed a voice, then so am I

  7. Anonymous said

    I didn’t want to ramp things up to where we’re talking about serious criminality, to associate these magazines with serious criminalty, I think, demeans your argument and also the victims of serious criminalty. Did I really need to write, “Stopping people from what they’re doing as long as no harm is done to anyone else”?
    I don’t propose to deprive you of your voice, I merely disagree.

  8. I am not making this statement about child protection issues lightly. I would like to be proved wrong on this, but unfortunately I cannot see any clear child protection policy in place. I have said that lads mags may POTENTIALLY be publishing images of underage young women because they don’t appear to have a decent child protection policy. This of course will have to be looked into by relevant authorities. The fact that I was able to make a profile as an eight year old girl, on a message board that invites women to upload naked photos of themselves, is clearly wrong.

    On your last point, the women may well choose to pose naked for lads mags, I am not advocating stopping these women from doing this, I’m saying I disagree with it and don’t think it benefits women as a whole.

  9. Anonymous said

    Sainsbury are now selling both Zoo and Nuts on a proper top shelf. Most of the front covers apart the title are hidden metal modesty screens. This is such a simple but brillant idea.

  10. Nella said

    More brilliant still would be not selling the things at all. Sorry if that makes me an extremist…

  11. Anonymous said

    WHSmith now place a vanity board over the Daily Sport whilst on display. Male lifestyle magazines are placed on magazine racks according to WHSmith and NFRN policy. These are never adjacent to teen or childrens titles, most often they are grouped with sport and mens fitness magazines. Titles such as Forum are in vanity bags and are placed on the top shelves. As a retailer WHSmith takes all reasonable care whilst deciding the layout of all titles. Often publishers pay for their titles to be placed on the ‘Highlighted’ news stands in stores. New news stands are being rolled out store by store that have clip on vanity covers on these shelves for these.

  12. WHSmith should not be selling The Daily Sport in the first place. It is basically a newspaper advertising the sex industry.

    You call sexist and pornographic magazines ‘men’s lifestyle magazines’..? That says alot.

    Lads Mags are often on display where children can see them. Check out the photos on this blog- fact. Teenage boys under 16 look at and buy lads mags from WHSmith- fact.

    What I would ask is that you, WHSmith, should take social responsibility seriously, by not supporting, promoting and profiting from sexism and pornography. You should consider the dangerous social implications of young boys reading lads mags- with sex advice such as -‘anal sex, your girlfriend may not like it but she’ll get used to it’.

    We wil continue to campaign against WHSmith, until you stop selling The Daily Sport and lads mags.

  13. hoggenmeister said

    i agree they should be put up top where childrens eyes can’t see stupid annon

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