"For the first time in
history, children are growing up whose earliest sexual
imprinting derives not from a living human being,
but from mass-produced,
deliberately dehumanizing and inhuman images."
"The Price We Pay"
Affected by Student Protest
Publication: Convenience Store Nws
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2003
TOWSON, Md. -- Protests against Royal Farms convenience stores by a student
group have led to the removal of some adult magazines, according to a news
report on the Northeast (Towson, Md.) Booster Web site. A group of students from
Notre Dame Preparatory School waved signs outside Royal Farms' district office
in Hampden, Md., recently.
"We're here because we have a message we want people to hear and think about,"
said 18-year-old Alex Wilson, one of more than half a dozen students.
That message is a straightforward one: Royal Farms store management should move
hard-core pornographic magazines -- publications with titles such as "Barely
Legal" -- behind the counter, where small children cannot see them.
"It's just plain wrong to have
those kinds of magazines -- triple X magazines -- out in the open where little
kids can see them," said Lisa Kurian, 17. "They should put those magazines
behind the counter where children and other people who don't want to see them
don't have to."
It's a message strongly supported by Lucy Strausbaugh, the Notre Dame Prep
religion teacher who brought the issue to her students' attention as part of a
social issues class discussion on sexism and its manifestations in modern
society, the Northeast Booster reported.
"We're out here to let Royal Farms' management know that we don't want this kind
of material in our faces or in our children's faces," Strausbaugh said,
according to the news report. "This is not personal. We are just trying to
protect the community."
Strausbaugh and her students took their message to Royal Farms' CEO, John Kemp,
whose office is in Hampden.Kemp told the newspaper, "As I told the teacher,
these decisions and policies are handled by our marketing department, and I
contacted them about the concerns that have been brought up. As a result, there
has been action on our company's part to tone down the selection of magazines."
In fact, the manager at the Providence store said he "stopped carrying" a few
titles as a result of the protests.