You may remember this post, in which we spoke of our conversation with the Manager of one of our local CVS Pharmacy stores regarding the display of certain magazine covers that feature images objectifying their women subjects. Today we have another update to share:
This time our conversation was with the District Manager of one of our many local CVS Pharmacy stores. Mr. Lample was extremely receptive to our conversation with him about Cosmopolitan's exploitative covers and has given us permission to share that CVS, at the district level, is partnering with us to take 'extra care' of their customers. They have committed to help uphold a higher standard for women, children and men by covering the pornographic, offensive images and article titles of Cosmo magazine with this sign. Our conversation with Mr. Lample was positive, not hostile or accusatory in any way.
We simply shared that because we recognize the dangers of pornography and all that surrounds it, our desire is to see all daughters and sons honored and valued for who they are. He agreed that there is a need today to protect girls and women from false body-image messages, a need to protect children from sexualised material (too often displayed at their eye level), and a need to protect men from triggering images. He heard us when we shared that it's discouraging to walk into our own community stores and find magazines countering the very thing we are working so hard to accomplish - honoring daughters and sons everywhere. We are encouraged by Mr. Lample's response and willingness to partner with us!
Will you join us by starting a conversation with your store manager today? If we're not careful, we just might start a movement!!
The managers pictures are made available at the front of many stores for customers to call their District Managers, such as that of our partner, Mr. Lample. Thank you , Mr. Lample!!