Another medium that is also reinforcing the dysfunctional and sinful lifestyles portrayed on TV. In the 1950s and 1960s, a few magazines were around that showed partial nudity, and they were usually available behind the counter in liquor stores and a few other places.
Then, starting in the 70s, graphic porn began to appear. By the of the 70s, Adult Bookstores spread across the country, but their primary product was not books. It was magazines of a graphic nature. These outlets were reinforced by porn on cable in the 80s and porn in hotels and motels. By the end of the 90s, an attempt was made to bring Partial Nudity and Adult Language to television on NYPD Blue. Finally, the internet became another major outlet.
Now supermarkets are carrying the partial nudity magazines that start people on a road to sex addiction.
Once again, the devil took about 30 years, but he used magazines to help poison the Body of Christ. To take our eyes off of what is truly beautiful and filled with virtue and Godly, and turn them to pictures of prostitutes. Any woman or man who is paid money to do sexual things is a prostitute.
What’s with you and the partial nudity on NYPD Blue?
I agree with you, however. True porn magazines have actually seen a decline, due to other sources of smut: cable / satellite TV, videos, and of course, the internet. But trashy “lad magazines” like FHM and Maxim and sex-crazy women’s rags like Cosmopolitan seems as popular as ever, with boys and girls 13 and up.
I never understood why Cosmo and similar magazines, displayed at supermarket checkout counters, are so obsessed with sex. Every single issue seems to carry a loud sexual message scrawled about the cover, screaming to all passerby, be they 35 year old mothers or their 5 year old sons and daughters. Call me a puritan, but life isn’t all about sex, and I don’t expect vulgar references to the sexual act to be placed in a grocery store.
FHM and Maxim, among other men’s (or lad) magazines, popular in the U.S. and Britain, are cleverly positioned in the market: because they do not display full nudity (at least in the U.S.), but something close enough to it, many married men can buy such magazines without the censure of their wives, who somehow see them as different from Playboy.
However, the majority of the magazines out there are perfectly acceptable special-interest publications. Food and Wine, QST, Field and Stream, and Linux Journal do not strike me as immoral or indecent.
Thanks for the replies, but there are some on your list that I am purposely cancelling my subscription after I saw the sleazy photos that are placed in them. I’ve come to see that I will be held accountable for the stuff I put in my waiting room for my people to see. I may consider coffee table books from Barnes an Noble…no ads.
I haven’t seen National Review in a while. Maybe I’ll check that out.
Be careful about Redbook. I don’t really notice the pictures, but a lot of the articles are very worldly.
If you put women’s magazines out, put up a sign asking your patrons to please ask the receptionist to make copies of any recipes rather than just ripping them out. Then make sure that the receptionist has time to do this.
If you don’t do this, the recipes will be ripped out of your magazines (Ripping noise? My husband has a special “tool” that cuts paper silently, and I’m sure women could carry the same tool in their purses).
Would you please consider putting Synchronized Skating Magazine out in your waiting room? It’s a stunning, beautiful magazine, and a lot of people will be fascinated with the pictures and articles. Besides, as a dentist, don’t you work with a lot of children and teenagers? Parents are always interested in learning about different sports that they can possibly get their kids involved with, and synchro skating is a great sport!
edwest2, the pictures in magazines don’t really impact most women, as we are not turned on by sight. I’m not saying they’re OK, but I’m saying that women often don’t even notice that there’s nudity. We’re more likely to be looking at the thighs and wondering if the cellulite has been air-brushed out.
However, many women’s magazines are filled with articles that teach questionable or even sinful ethics and morality.
Many of the articles are pro-artificial contraception. In some of the magazines for young women (e.g., Glamour), abortion is written up as an unquestionable right of women. (I must be fair and state that Glamour has sometimes printed fairly accurate pro-life articles, too.)
Often the articles about various charitable organizations don’t bother to tell us that these organizations use immoral methods like abortion, human cloning, and genetic selection to “cure” diseases.
Many of the articles in women’s magazine argue for a permissive style of raising children.
And many of the articles about sex imply that it is perfectly acceptable to have sex outside of marriage. This is especially disturbing in the magazines for young women (e.g. Seventeen).
IF you are going to purchase magazines, then buy a subscription. It is much, much cheaper (usually about a dollar an issue), which means that these questionable magazine publishers aren’t getting as much of your good money. Also, as a subscriber, you have a little more influence when you write a letter to the editor.
Personally, I can’t stand women’s magazines. I had Seventeen in my teens, but I also had a mother reading through the magazines too and discussing anything questionable (like about abortion, birth control, sex, etc.) with me and pointing me to the right path. I haven’t had a magazine subscription in years, and I generally bring a paperback with me when I’m going to be waiting some place because I just find those magazines to be such total tripe.
As for magazines I DO like…National Geographic is awesome! I also love crafting magazines that show you how to do different art projects, animal magazines (would much rather look at a cute puppy then anoerexic model) and doll magazines.