The meaning behind Cosmo’s censorship


On “Salon Talks” the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, Kate White, weighs in on Walmart’s controversial decision to pull the magazine from its checkout line shelves.

In March, the retailer bowed to the conservative National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which claimed the magazine is "sexually objectifying and explicit." During a recent conversation with Mary Elizabeth Williams for "Salon Talks," White shared her thoughts on the decision. "Knowing what I know about the collapse of newsstands for magazines…. I suspect it's very much a business decision," she said. "But the idea that you're tying this with the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment? Cosmo is about empowering women to take control of their sexual relationships. It's terrible for it to be tied to exploiting women, because it's really not about that at all. It's really about empowerment. The only people who think Cosmo isn't that are the people who don't read it."

Watch the video above to see White explain how Cosmo has always been a woman-forward magazine. And watch the full interview to learn more about the best ways to get what you want from your employer. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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