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Vulgar magazine covers in plain sight of children

To whom it may concern, I was very offended today to see an extremely underdressed woman with a lot of cleavage on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on my way past the magazine spinners heading to Secondhand Prose. I feel that the library should be a family friendly place and such vulgar material should be covered or located in a restricted area. I was very grateful that I did not have any children with me to see it as well. Personally, I don't think there is any reason that the library should waste money on such material at all, but if you do feel it necessary to spend our tax money on that garbage, please don't display for all to see. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Sincerly, Marie Quaranto


Thu, 2011-02-17 14:39

Thank you for sharing your comments. The Sports Illustrated cover shows a woman wearing a bikini bathing suit. We subscribe to many magazines, such as Shape, Fitness, and a number of fashion and celebrity magazines that often feature people on their covers wearing bathing suits. While I appreciate that you personally may not like seeing people in bathing suits on magazine covers, I regret to inform you that your objection to bathing suit-clad models is not reason enough for the library to stop subscribing to these magazines, or to hide them from people.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Eva Davis, Director

Elaine H
Sat, 2011-02-19 12:40

Ms Davis, It might not be a bad idea to keep them behind the metal flip shelf and then just copy on the computer the words: sports illustrated and then people can lift the flap and pick the magazine out from behind it. Then no one will be offended. Just a suggestion. I even notice Meijers is now covering some covers in the checkout lane. Like I said just a suggestion to keep everyone happy and no one offended.

Mon, 2011-02-21 13:29

Unlike Shape, Fitness, etc. the Sports Illustrated Swimswuit issue doesn't even have articles to read- it is purely sensual images exploiting women. At best it would be nice if it were placed more discreetly. Even better would be not to put this particular issue into circulation at the library at all.

Mon, 2011-02-21 14:09

Thank you Ms. Davis for the concise and polite response you posted in response to the original message posted. Censorship decisions of any form should be carefully deliberated, as it subjective for every individual. The library is sure to contain various media that I don't care for, disagree with, or even think is a waste of money. Therefore, I don't bring it home. But I am endlessly grateful that someone else is not making those decisions for me by removing it's availability. Thank you very much.

Tue, 2011-02-22 12:15

I could not agree more with the previous post from kimlick2. Libraries across the nation have long stood against censorship, and to cover a magazine that may be deemed inappropriate by a patron seems childish. Children are bombarded by far worse in advertisements, tv, etc. If this is the worst they see, consider yourself lucky.

Tue, 2011-02-22 16:07

I agree with Elaine H that the best solution for all parties involved is to utilize a black plastic cover that blocks out the potentially offensive material, and avoids the need to censor popular materials. It's a win-win in my book.

Wed, 2011-02-23 13:05

I agree with all the non-censorship opinions.

If it offended you, why didn't you simply turn the rack so it wasn't facing out? Surely it was not put there on purpose to offend anyone or to be vulgar or to terrorize young children. The outward facing magazine was luck of the spin.

As far as the black plastic cover solution - won't the library just continue to receive these kinds of posts criticizing what they do and don't deem offensive?

Thu, 2011-02-24 10:10

Pretty soon the majority of books and magazines would have to utilize these "black plastic covers". What about religion-oriented magazines? Maybe that would offend some people. You can never make everyone happy. The job of a library is not to act as a self-censoring body that is so afraid of offending anyone that they need to deliberate over what items the public can have access to.