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Lads Mags in Shops

Posted by charliegrrl on June 8, 2006

I’ve been taking photos of lads mags in shops where they are shelved/promoted in an inappropriate way. I am sick of walking into a newsagents or high street shop and being faced with pornographic images of women. Since when did this become acceptable..!?! Lads mags such as Zoo, Nuts and FHM are pornographic and therefore should be treated as so. This means they shoud be on the top shelf above eye level and not be promoted on news stands or be placed on a counter. These photos are intended for the use of feminists campaigning against lads mags. I will be adding to the list…

This photo was taken in WHSmith in Lancaster (12.05.06). As you can see, Nuts is displayed on a promotional stand near the entrance of the shop. The guy at the till told me I wasn’t allowed to take photos in their shop without asking permission and he asked me what I was taking a photo of- I replied that I am taking photos of whereabouts WHSmith places pornography in its stores! I asked him for WHSmith guidelines for stocking magazines, but they didn’t have any available… I asked a woman in the queue if she felt the Nuts magazine is pornographic to which she said yes! The guy told me they are told by their distributors as to where they should place such magazines… I rang WHSmith and complained and the woman said she would log the complaint…

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