Buying Cosmo off the magazine rack could eventually look like purchasing Playboy or Penthouse if some eager youngsters get their way.

A new petition on change.org that’s ironically been backed by the daughter of former Hearst Corp. chairman Randolph A. Hearst, Vanessa Hearst, and started by model and aspiring actress Nicole Weider, is pushing for Cosmopolitan to be packaged in nontransparent packaging and only sold to adults 18 and older due to it’s racy content.

We all know every month Cosmo is going to show you another 365 ways to have an orgasm, make your man melt in the bedroom, or have a triathlon-like night of sex, but as hard as it may be to believe, the magazine has calmed down from what it was in it’s hey dey. I doubt many grown women in control of their sexuality are wooed by their sexy salacious headlines but with the trend that 10- and 11-year olds are likely reading Cosmo Girl, and 13-17-year-olds Cosmo, while actual adult women have moved on to something more appropriate for their maturity level, the concern is real.

Weider sent a letter to FTC Secretary Jon Leibowitz along with issues of the magazine in which she flagged several suspect features like references to anal sex, sexting, casual hookups, threesomes, and an article with URLs to female-friendly porn, asking:

“How is this even legal? If it’s an adult magazine just sell it to adults.”

So far, 33,000 people and counting agree with that sentiment. That’s the number who have signed Weider’s petition and want to prevent more girls from experiencing negative consequences like having their hearts broken, getting pregnant, or catching STDs as a result of following the magazine’s advice as Weider says hundreds of girls as young as 11 have written and told her about.

Obviously, this effort doesn’t leave room for much parental intervention, which should already be in place to stop girls from reading material that’s not appropriate for their age anyway, but it seems in the eyes of these petitioners reading Cosmo is as dangerous to underage girls as smoking cigarettes or taking a drink. What do you think?

Should you have to be 18 to buy Cosmo?


  • chanela

    makes so much sense! plus cosmo has the same 365 times in EVERY issue

  • Amanda Neal

    Everyone should be banned from buying that piece of trash. Nothing but sex, fat shaming and stupidity.

  • binks

    But isn’t this where the parents step in? How do they think these girls atr buying this? Not from the magical money tree. I use to buy Cosmo when I was in high school and my mom didn’t have a problem with it, she trust I was mature enough to handle the content and knew I wasn’t impressionable especially over something in a magazine. I really think this comes down to parents being parents. Though oddly enough I think Seventeen is way better than Cosmo still…lol

  • omfg

    lmao. i was just about to write this. thx.

  • isolde

    I don’t know if it should be banned, but Cosmo needs to stop lobbying the kiddies with some of their cover choices. We all know who the likes of Selena Gomez and Dakota Fanning appeal to, and it’s not grown women.

  • CK

    I don’t have kids, but I think that it is COMPLETELY inappropriate for under 18 to read Cosmo. Its not really worth the paper its printed on, but I believe its the most profitable “women’s interest” magazine in the United States (sad, I know.), so somebody is reading it. And I am not ok with censorship, because it starts with Cosmo and ends with something that actually has substance. I think that this is something that parents should handle because either way, if your daughter wants to *ahem* “read” Cosmo she’ll find a way, but they should let it be known that its not ok and WHY. And, to be fair, they do talk a fair amount about personal safety, abusive relationships and women’s rights even though its interrupted with the same 20 tips about oral sex. (What?! I read it during pedicures…).

  • jojo bloggs

    i think a ban would be a good idea, as the content is not appropriate for their age. i might sound extreme, but it cosmo seems to glamourize sexx and the website is the same. i do disagree with placing the responsibility at the door of parents, as they cannot stop their child from accessing the mag if they get it from a friend or other means. just like there is an age limit to content in films and warnings for music with explicit content, there should be something in place to limit young readers reading a mag that glamourizes and sends the wrong messages about sex to such young minds.

  • http://SnapJaeSnap.Tumblr.com Jae

    I think limiting the sales of Cosmo to adults is a wonderful idea. While I agree with those saying parents should play a part in limiting their children’s access to things like this, it is also ABSOLUTELY the responsibility of those creating this content to make sure their lewd and crass (and sincerely wack) sex advice doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. The majority of the readers of Cosmo that are actually intrigued by the garbage they talk about on their pages are the same youngsters who are still learning about their bodies, sex, relationships, and the dangers that can be involved when you combine the three. They don’t need tips on how to give a blow job. They need guidance on how to develop a strong sense of self, values and confidence. The pages of Cosmo will be the last place they’ll find any of that.

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  • D

    Not only is it the parents job, but it is more solely based on the chain of stores who sell cosmo magazines off their sales racks, and put the age limit on the magazines. It is cosmo’s position to throw the age 18 up only or something in that category onto the cover of their magazines. Anyone can say minors shouldnt buy it but define minors as in what age is consider a minor its not justt the parents or cosmo’s but its the stores selling them…