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Barnes and Noble / sports illustrated magazine!

1 11652 West Layton DriveMorrison, CO, United States Review updated:
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Phone: 303-681-8089

I would like to know why Barnes and Noble finds it appropriate to display, a Magazine picturing a topless women in a place where children are around? I was getting coffee at their little Starbucks island, when my eyes were severely scared from glancing at a Sports Illustrated Magazine, with a young woman wearing only a carefully placed necklace and little bikini bottoms! I love to take my 3 year old there to look at books and for story time. But after this incident I hesitate every time. I don't want my son to see this! It is highly inappropriate and disturbing! If Sports illustrated insists on pushing the limits what's next? No top or necklace? If they won't cover their cover shots then Barnes and Noble shouldn't put them in a place where children are certainly going to be! What kind of ethics would allow something like this...

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  • Je
      11th of Mar, 2008
    -1 Votes

    First off the Human body especially the Female human body is defiantly not "highly inappropriate and disturbing" unless the person has not taken care of themselves physically or hygienically... “my eyes were severely scared” Why cause the lady gracing the cover was way hotter than you could ever hope to be? Quit being such a PRUDE.

  • Bo
      11th of Mar, 2008
    -3 Votes

    First of all get over yourself ok!!! Open your mind a little ok, done be such a prude lady, eyes were scared, please stop being so dramatic.

  • Kr
      12th of Jun, 2008
    -2 Votes

    As with ALL public places and establishments, it is PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY to look after your children. If you do not want them to see certain things, don't take them out in public. Actually, turn off the television at home and black out the car windows as you drive as well... I've seen what people do sitting at stoplights!

    Trust me, the Sports Illustrated and magazine rack in general is not the worst thing you will see on the shelves at a bookstore. Near Self Help you will see a whole section on Human Sexuality that contains full frontal nudity and explicit sexual positions... right there at eye level. In other words, it is not the responsibility of Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books and Co., et al to parent your child or "what if" themselves into a state of perpetual fear.

  • Dw
      19th of Jan, 2009
    -2 Votes

    I work at a Barnes & Noble and I'm very sorry your eyes were scared. Maybe you can get them into a support group for frightened body parts to help build their confidence.

  • Sb
      8th of Jun, 2010
    +2 Votes

    I made the same complaint. It isn't that the image shouldn't exist--it IS that the image should NOT be displayed at eye level with a 3-year-old at the checkout counter. Which is exactly what I witnessed, a 3-year-old child staring face to face with a topless woman while mom bought him a child's book. I'm not sure why that would not disturb anyone.

    If any of you who call her a "prude" would gladly show your child this image, you would be convicted of child abuse. It is easy to avoid the self-help section. It is easy to avoid the magazine section with Maxim and other covers inappropriate for a child. It is not possible to avoid the checkout line if you want to buy a product. It is not possible for a mom on her own to hold her baby, buy a book, and hold her 3-year-old to prevent him from staring at images right at his eye level. And Kristi, many a store has been sued b/c of injury to the child within that store--it is legally not always the parent's responsibility but the store's to provide a safe environment and the store is the responsible one for what occurs there (whether I agree with this or not, doesn't matter, there are plenty of court cases that verify this, look it up.)

    When I questioned the clerk, she said "well, we sell a lot of them." And that makes sense. Sex sells, and money is important right now with the economy, but should it be allowed at the cost of showing a child soft porn?

    *If anyone disagrees that this cover is soft porn, the legal definition of soft porn includes: Sexual images that are not violent...Portions of images which are considered too explicit may be obscured (censored) through various means. These techniques include the use of draped hair or clothing, carefully positioned hands or other body parts, carefully positioned foreground elements in the scene (often plants or drapery), and carefully chosen camera angles.

  • Jj
      27th of Jun, 2010
    -1 Votes

    That's funny cos you know what? I've been in a Barnes and Noble where adults are reading adult magazines in the kids section and books from the sexuality section and they leave them there. Congrats to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I'm glad it makes people uncomfortable. Your kids are going to learn about sex anyways, and there is nothing wrong with the female figure that is in barely there bikini's. Bet you wish you were her or "with" her.

  • Pr
      3rd of May, 2011
    +3 Votes

    Wow! I'm shocked to see how so many narrow minded people we have here with absolutely no respect for kids. I'm making a similar complaint to corporate in just a few minutes. My story, on the other hand, is a little different. I'm disappointed to see that Barnes & Noble can allow Children books just a few feet away from XXX rated Adult books showing graphic pictures of sex. I took a picture to send them and it's disturbing. I brought it to the clerks attention and over heard the clerk tell the manager that it is corporate's decision where they place the books. I'm furious and want an explanation... how I would have to explain to my child if he were to discover a sex act book while he's searching for children books. Really?? I'm not against having the books in the store at all... but have some coed of ethics here people. Have some respect for parents who want to go into a book store with their kids TO THE KIDS SECTION and not worry about running into PORN!

  • Th
      25th of May, 2011
    -3 Votes

    You have to remember a 3 year old has a completely different mindset than you. Do you think we should blindfold young children while they breast feed? Obviously not. They are much more innocent and therefore generally ignorant of such things. They probably didn't even notice it until you started freaking out. I've found that the screens that sometimes cover magazines are generally placed there to appease the repressed/easily offended adult more so than protecting the minds of the children.

  • 6
      2nd of Mar, 2016
    +2 Votes

    Breast feeding is not inappropriate but displaying women as "sports", objects and playthings is. You know the difference.

  • Ar
      11th of Apr, 2016
    +3 Votes

    P***OGRAPHIC images at child's eye level, at checkout stand, in Scottsdale, Arizona store. PLAYBOY, Sports Illustrated (cover model suggestively posed in a tiny swimsuit), and more. You can not make a purchase without your children seeing these. I spoke with the store manager who's only comment was that the magazines pay for placement. I will be sharing the photos I took of these magazines stands, placed low enough for any 2 year old child to grab, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Yelp. Also with the PTO of our elementary school the next time they consider having a book fair here. The business decision to place these p***ographic images in front of our children at their checkout stands (obviously at a corporate level since people from all over the country are posted similar comments) boggles the mind. My family has been such a big supporter of BN through the last 2 decades, but as my husband said, "No longer".

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