Hiding The Ladmags
Is It Such A Bad Idea?
There has been some considerable controversy in the UK recently about
the public display of magazines - known as 'ladmags' - on supermarket
shelves and in places where children might be able to see them; or, at
least, where they can see their front covers.
These magazines typically contain numerous pictures of sexy models
dressed in bikinis or scanty clothing and posing in sexually-provocative
Under pressure from the usual feminist-generated hysteria over such
matters, one supermarket chain has now decided that such magazines can no
longer be displayed openly in their stores, and that if the publishers
want them to be on sale in their stores then they must be embedded inside
plastic bags that hide their front covers.
Needless to say, the main argument for hiding these magazines is that
they objectify women and that, as such, women should be protected from
However, what seems to be glaringly absent from nearly all of the
arguments about this matter is any consideration of the negative effects
that the public display of these magazines might have on young boys.
Many boys as young as nine will be affected by them. And certainly
most heterosexual boys will be affected by them by the ages of 11 or 12.
boys who see such magazines on display will be
sexualised by them.
Essentially, boys who see such magazines on display will be sexualised
At the very least, these visible displays will often generate thoughts
about sex in the minds of boys who were not thinking about sex until they
saw the magazines.
Now, if we lived in a society wherein young sexuality was acceptable
or, at least, if it was not something that most people were particularly
concerned about, then boys being turned on by sexual images at an early
age would also be of little concern.
But we do not live in such a society. On the contrary, we live in a
society wherein a huge amount of hysteria and hatred is generated almost
daily over matters to do with child sexuality.
As such, how can it be right for such a society to condone the
sexualisation of its young boys by allowing publishers to stick in front
of their noses images which boys were designed by Nature to find sexually
You cannot have it both ways.
Either society condemns young sexuality - in which case those
magazines should be hidden from youngsters - or society accepts young
sexuality - in which case it should stop generating such hatred and
hysteria over this matter.
In either case, however, it seems to me to be fairly obvious that as
boys are growing up, their sexual interest in the opposite gender becomes rather
it also empowers hugely the girls with whom they
The upshot is that this sexual interest interferes considerably with
their school studies - amongst other things - and it also empowers hugely
the girls with whom they associate.
Furthermore, of course, both boys and girls can find themselves in a
whole heap of trouble if their sexual adventures take them along
unfortunate paths - disease, pregnancy, child birth, loss of education,
loss of employability, single motherhood; and all the associated ills.
As such, my own view is that boys would be far better off if their
growing interest in girls and women was kept in check for as long as
And, of course, our boys would also be better off if they were
protected as much as possible from the sexual displays of the female sex -
both in pictures and in real life.
Now, of course, it will be argued that it is impossible nowadays to
stop boys from being sexualised by sexually-provocative female displays in
real life and by the plethora of images emanating from the media and via
And there is no denying this.
But, as I said in my piece ...
How The Tabloids
Encourage Child Sex Abuse
... there are many ways in which our youngsters can be protected to
some significant degree from these sexualising influences.
Essentially, they can be kept out of sight as much as possible -
something that responsible parents will, in any case, seek to do.
Furthermore, responsible parents can also ensure that if, perchance,
their children do begin to engage in sexual activity with others when it
is probably wiser not to do so, instead of becoming hysterical over the
situation and bombarding them with the terrifying nonsense that their
lives will now inevitably be ruined, they should deal with the matter in
much the same way that they would deal with the issue of driving a car at
an early age.
There is nothing wrong or immoral about a youngster driving a car. But
until someone reaches an age at which they are able to assess more
accurately all the complexities and dangers involved in driving a car, it
is far safer for everyone if they do not drive one.
males of all ages often get themselves into all kinds
of trouble over sexual matters
Furthermore, I should point out that males of all ages often get
themselves into all kinds of trouble over sexual matters as a result,
mostly, of their strong innate predispositions to engage in sex. In many
ways, sex is their Achilles Heel. It is one of their main vulnerabilities
- certainly in societies such as ours.
As such, ladmags - and porn in general - are highly exploitative
of males far more so than they are of females. And shoving sexual imagery
in front of their noses in public places is surely a form of sexual
harassment for them.
It is one thing for men and boys to seek out this kind of imagery at
their own convenience, but quite another to have it on public display in
so many places that it is virtually impossible to avoid.
Indeed, I would ask any men who are reading this to ask themselves
how, exactly, they are disadvantaged by having the front covers of ladmags
hidden from the view of children?
Of course, there is, as usual, a huge amount of hypocrisy being
evidenced by those - mostly middle-class feminists - who are seeking to
hide the ladmags from the view of children in that they seem unperturbed
by the display of unhealthy sexuality that is accompanied by a strong dose
of misandry, e.g. ...
"All Daddies Do This."
It seems that so long as men are being demonised in some way,
thrusting sex into the minds of youngsters is fine.
Well, in my view, it isn't.
And I would certainly like to see hidden from children any magazines
like the one imaged above.
Finally, I would ask readers to consider the
What would be the harmful effects of shielding
our youngsters from public displays of sick or sexual magazines?
Or even this, ...