Porn, USA- The fact that Playboy magazine’s about to be offered again in 7-Eleven’s 5,300 stores has got the American Family Association’s values in an uproar.
Although 7-Eleven management is saying that the magazine is tasteful, Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association, disagreed with the chain’s description of Playboy.
“From our position, Playboy is still a pornographic magazine,” he explained. “It contains pictures of nude women, and we will oppose pornography in the marketplace.”
The anniversary edition of Playboy magazine is already at 7-Eleven, according to Daniel Weiss, a Focus on the Family analyst who tracks the pornography industry.
“I don’t think they are really counting the cost of the lost business that’s going to occur if they put this kind of magazine in their store,” Weiss said.
A spokesman for 7-Eleven denied that any decision has been made as to whether Playboy will become a regular offering.
Michael Craven, vice president of religious and cultural affairs at the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, was involved in the activist effort that originally got 7-Eleven stores out of porn in 1986.
“At the time,” he said, “they were the largest distributor of pornographic magazines in the country.”
Weiss speculated that the convenience store chain has reversed field again because America has become increasingly desensitized to pornography over the last two decades.
The AFA is in the process of organizing another boycott of 7-Eleven.