I must confess that my boycott of a certain magazine started back in 1993. My good friend and I split a subscription. After a few months of reading it, I felt very convicted that it was bringing me down. As a young woman committed to saving myself until marriage, reading that magazine made me feel like I was the only 20-something girl on the planet committed to such.
Sixteen years later that darn magazine has reared its ugly head again. A couple of months ago I complained at my neighborhood Kroger because there was a magazine cover that had two questionable (explicit) words my children could sound out. I requested (and they obliged) that this particular magazine would have its covers blocked by a piece of solid plastic. A small victory, but a relief nonetheless.
Today I was horrified to find myself standing in a WalMart checkout line with this same magazine (different issue) at eye level for my children. This one had three vulgar words on the cover...two of which the FCC would not allow on television during certain times...and six little eye balls were looking right in that direction. I distracted them, flipped the cover around backwards, paid for my goods and headed straight for the customer service desk.
I am not sure if they will take action, but I just cannot get over how exposed our children are to things in places that should be safe and innocuous. I am all for free speech as long as it does not infringe on someone else's freedom. I know I have a responsibility as a conservative mother to keep us away for seedy places, but really, a checkout line at Walmart for crying out loud?!
I never dreamed I would be a 'book burner' Mama...but I may be on my way.