Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Innocence of Our Children's Eyes

While at Wal-Mart in a neighboring town last week I was shocked to see the latest issue of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition on display in the check-out lanes. I casually, as to not draw attention from my children, tried to turn it over, but the back was just as bad as the front! And to beat it all, there were two displays of this magazine, one right below the first. Ugh! And these were not placed out-of-range for children's eyes. No, they were right at the height of my 8-year-old son.

In case you're wondering how bad it is this year, well, I'm not going to link to it, that's for sure. You can look it up yourself if you want, or, just take a quick trip to your local Wal-Mart. I'm sure you'll find it. The model on the front doesn't have the top to her tiny bikini on, just strategically placed beads. The bottom covers only that which has to be covered to not be considered Pl*yboy material.

Another local homeschool mom also saw this blatent display of p*rn*graphy and did what I should have done. She talked to an assistant manager and while voicing her concerns the girl had the audacity to actually LAUGH at her! This mom was told that someone else had complained and the manager had been notified, but he said that the magazine was NOT to be moved from where it was. I understand that being displayed at the check-out lanes probably sells more issues, but if Wal-Mart was concerned even just a little bit about protecting the innocence of our children's eyes why can't they display this kind of garbage in the magazine isle, where I KNOW not to take my children! That way, everyone's happy... those who choose to indulge in the lust of the eyes by looking at this p*rn*graphy and those of us who don't and who actually care about what our children are exposed to.

I haven't noticed this magazine at our local Wal-Mart, but there is still enough on the covers of other magazines to make me wish I had a couple more arms so I could cover all of my children's eyes. Thankfully, our Wal-Mart has a couple of lanes, although I believe they are the '15 items or less' lanes, where there are no magazine displays. Whenever possible, those are the lanes I choose whenever I have my children with me. Sadly, very rarely do I have that few of items.

Don't get me wrong, I know we can't shelter them from everything for ever, but p*orn*graphy in front of little boy's eyes is only planting a seed that Satan will try to cultivate for the rest of their lives and I'm not willing to stand by and allow him to destroy my children's innocence without a fight!

I think I'll be making a call to that Wal-Mart store myself today.

1 comment:

Marsha said...

I cringe whenever I see the Cosmo magazine at the checkout. My boys love to read (and show off their reading skills), I can only imagine them loudly proclaiming some of those blurbs on the front cover!

Oh and if someone actually LAUGHED when I voiced my complaint, I would be writing down that name and taking it as high to the top as I can. Even if higher ups laugh, they just better not laugh in front of me and trust that I AM SERIOUS.