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Wal-Mart Listens. (Culture War).

With U.S. smut consumption reaching all-time highs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made a refreshing decision recently when it announced that it would no longer carry such racy men's magazines as Maxim, Stuff, FHM, and Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition. Apparently America's gag reflex has finally kicked in, and shoppers complained to the retail chain about its soft-porn fare, causing it to drop the bawdy mags.

Referring to consumer influence on Wal-Mart's decision, the March 6th New York Times reported: "Maxim has been sold in Wal-Mart for the last three years, while FHM was added recently. The standards and general content of the magazines have not changed, but Wal-Mart ... has been under pressure from Christian groups in the past over its distribution of various magazines."

This decision will undoubtedly hearten those seeking to clean up the culture. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman told the New York Times that the decision was made after "listening to our customers and associates."
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Author:Smith, Paul
Publication:The New American
Date:Jun 2, 2003
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