Joins Model Nicole Weider’s Petition Requiring Publication be Sold in Non-Transparent Wrapper
Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of Hearst Corporation founder William Randolph Hearst, is speaking out against the explicit content found in Hearst Magazines’ Cosmopolitan. Hearst has teamed up with model Nicole Weider to petition the Federal Trade Commission that Cosmo be “brown-bagged” and sold to adults only.
Hearst explains, “About 11 years ago, I contacted Frank Bennack and the board of the Hearst Corporation and told them that what they are publishing in Cosmopolitan magazine was pornographic. I had the support of two female psychologists and counselors who attest that this content hurts young girls. I also asked that the magazine be sold only to adults 18 and older.
“I never received a reply from anyone at the Hearst Corporation, but I had peace because I delivered the message. When I heard about Nicole’s campaign, I knew I needed to join in her mission to put Cosmopolitan in a bag and make sure that its pornographic content cannot be sold to minors!”
Weider, a former model who founded ProjectInspired.com, dedicated to encouraging young women to be people of value and confidence through living a true Christian life, is leading the charge. She has initiated a petition via Change.org demanding that Cosmopolitan be sold in a non-transparent wrapper to adults only to prevent children from buying and reading material inappropriate for their development. The petition already has received much attention in the media and social circles, and currently has more 33,000 signatures.
“We are not asking Cosmopolitan to change their content,” explains Weider. “We simply want them to take responsibility for it. They say it’s for adults, so let them sell it only to adults. This is what we are in communication with the FTC about. If they are going to print sexually explicit articles and images, it should not be marketed and sold to kids. It’s that simple.”