William Randolph Hearst’s Granddaughter Skewers Cosmo as a ‘Porn’ Magazine

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 1:00 PM
William Randolph Hearst’s Granddaughter Skewers Cosmo as a ‘Porn’ Magazine

William Randolph Hearst, the famed newspaper publisher and inspiration for the film ‘Citizen Kane,’ wouldn’t even be able to recognize his company’s Cosmopolitan magazine today. What was once an inspirational circular for women, has declined to little more than pornography. As a result, Hearst’s granddaughter, Victoria Hearst, is partnering with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to start a national campaign to protect children from the filth.

"My family's company, the Hearst Corporation, publishes Cosmopolitan Magazine,” Hearst said. “It contains graphic adult sexual material that, under most States' Material Harmful to Minors laws, is deemed pornographic. Under these laws it is illegal for stores to sell Cosmopolitanto minors, and illegal to display the magazine where minors can see it and look at its content. Unfortunately, the people in authority at the Hearst Corporation refuse to acknowledge that Cosmopolitanis pornography, and they refuse to put a label on the magazine identifying it as 'Adult Material.'

Just one look at a recent cover of Cosmo proves she’s not exaggerating. More often than not, it’s a scantily-clad female celebrity posing provocatively, with the word ‘sex’ featured in just about every corner. It gets worse when you open it. Inside the pages of Cosmo are articles with 'sex tips' and advice for sexual experimentation. That’s why Hawkins and Hearst are asking, at the very least, for the magazines to be wrapped. That way, anyone can still buy the circular, but without children having to look at the inappropriate covers.

The Cosmo Harms Minors campaign will help expose Cosmo’s hyper sexualized agenda and try to prevent the magazine from being sold to children. Included on their campaign website is a survey that proves Americans are fully behind the effort. In a nationwide survey, 67 percent said that the magazine is not appropriate for viewers of all ages. Even more telling, 55 percent of shoppers think Cosmo should be removed from view of children.

Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCSE, lamented the downfall of a once creditable magazine.

Cosmopolitan Magazine has declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a pornographic “how-to” sex guide, glamorizing topics such as group, anal, public, or violent sex acts in nearly all of their issues.”

Today, Cosmo is also infamous for promoting abortion rights and excoriating anyone who dares to have a pro-life view. The magazine recently jumped into politics and every female candidate they supported in the 2014 midterms was pro-abortion – proving that the editors’ definition of ‘women’s rights’ is horribly skewed.

Cosmo is a brainwash magazine for young women and an outright danger to children. What the magazine needs is a new editor who can overhaul what has become a pornographic page flipper. Since that is not likely to happen, at the very minimum the covers should be wrapped. Keep updated on the campaign at CosmoHarmsMinors.com.