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Stores pressured to restrict magazine display

An anti-pornography group has launched a campaign aimed at pressuring supermarkets to either stop selling or put wrappers around Cosmopolitan and other magazines that feature sexually graphic headlines.

Morality in Media, a New York City-based interfaith group whose members include 5,000 religious and community organizations, is asking shoppers to complain to their supermarket managers about racy magazine headlines.

The group has written to 350 national and regional supermarket chains asking them to pull the magazines or shield their covers on checkout lines. At least one regional chain, D'Agostino Supermarkets of Larchmont, N.Y., is now concealing Cosmopolitan covers as result.

Other magazines targeted by the campaign are Glamour, Mademoiselle and Redbook. Critics charge that the magazines have become so explicit that they border on the pornographic.

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