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Poll: Should supermarkets ban 'lads' mags'?

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Magazines featuring near-naked female models on their covers will have to be sold in "modesty bags" if they are to remain on the shelves in The Co-operative supermarkets.

The move has sparked much comment, both in favour and against. Some argue that it has not gone far enough, while UK Feminista has continued to lobby supermarkets to ban so-called "lads' mags" altogether.

Copies of mens magazines FHM, Zoo, Nuts, Front and Loaded.

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FHM, Zoo, Nuts, Front and Loaded



The campaign to stop featuring topless models on Page 3 of The Sun is also gathering pace.

In response, Nuts magazine and Loaded have hit back at what they claim to be censorship.

Digital Spy reader Super T said: "As a woman I have no problem with the magazine being sold provided it is out of the way of children.

"The women posing naked in these magazines have as much right to pose naked as these feminists have not to purchase the magazines they so despise!"

popeye13 agreed: "Yet another pathetic attempt by the sad pathetic trolls at Mumsnet and UK Feminista because its something they don't like and think their few voices deserved to be heard over A LOT more people that get enjoyment from these mags."

Men look at page 3 in 'The Sun' using 3D glasses

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Men look at page 3 in 'The Sun' using 3D glasses



However, giggityfish80 said: "I'm a girl I enjoy hot girls like anyone else but really? Are near naked breasts NEEDED on the covers?"

johnnysaucepns said: "It's not objectification in and of itself that's the problem, it's what that objectification (allegedly) leads to.

"And the sexualisation of women to the exclusion of all other traits is far more prominent than the equivalent towards men."

thomas2400 countered: "Whether or not you agree with the cover or the context is not what is being discussed here.

"What is being discussed is where a small minority should get to tell people what they can and can't buy in certain places. It's a dangerous thing - where do you draw the line?"

Do you think so-called 'lads' mags' should only be sold in an opaque bag? Should they be banned from supermarket shelves altogether? Vote in our poll and leave your comments in the box below.

Poll: Should supermarkets ban 'lads' mags'?
Yes - they're not appropriate to be sold in a family environment14.18%
No - but they should only be sold in a 'modesty cover'28.74%
No - and they shouldn't have to be covered up either57.09%

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