PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Adult Magazine’s Placement Troublesome

Posted: November 28, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.

As a teacher and a mom, I often went into Hastings on College Ave. in Fayetteville to buy books. They often have great quality books in their bargain bins, and having the option of buying used books for a fraction of the price was nice. Additionally they give a teacher discount better than the other major bookseller in Fayetteville. However, this summer ended my shopping sprees at Hastings when I noticed that on the direct path to the children’s book section, the store had set up a Playboy magazine display in the middle of the aisle. This display is about three to four feet high, just perfect for advertising this adult magazine to young children, and it faces customers as they walk past it either way.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 11/28/2012

Sara, you've got to be kidding!

Posted by: cdawg

November 28, 2012 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I assume that only the magazine's cover showed, not the Playboy centerfold. I think most children would survive passing by that.
As girlie mags go, Playboy is actually rather tame. You should have seen the pictures displayed on newstands in San Diego in the 1970s! Even I blanched at pure pornography "in my face."

Posted by: Coralie

November 28, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A necked female is not pronography, but a stimulant.

Posted by: JailBird

November 28, 2012 at 2:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What was displayed on newstands in San Diego was not just naked women. To clarify, we are not talking about Playboy.
I have seen paintings and statues of naked women (and men) that were great art.
Museum paintings and marble statues aren't usually sexually exciting.
Depends on your gender and gender orrientation which naked people are stimulating.

Posted by: Coralie

November 28, 2012 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Years ago my father was a manager of a Hastings store in Nebraska and was troubled by the same problem. When he took it upon himself to move the magazines to a more discreet location in the store some employees filed complaints against him to management. Sadly you can't please everyone.

Posted by: emilyjeanne11210939

November 29, 2012 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Playboy? Pffft. Playboy is polite dinner conversation. There are plenty of magazines that are gross enough to make a child take a vow of chastity-- if that child hasn't already become inured everything the Internet has to offer.

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 29, 2012 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lighten up...sheesh.

It's 2012 and you took a short-cut through the magazine section.

Posted by: Nilatir

November 29, 2012 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )