Lawyers' warning over lads mags

Campaigners are warning high street retailers to remove magazines that display naked and near-naked images on their covers or face the risk of legal action.

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British Retail Consortium hits back over lads' mags

The British Retail Consortium hit back against the Lose the Lads' Mags campaign, saying that its members do not sell anything illegal and follow industry guidelines:

BRC members don't sell anything it isn't legal to sell and they have long followed joint industry guidelines, as well as taking their own independent voluntary action, to make sure that front covers which may concern some people are displayed discreetly.

Our members regard their stores as family-friendly environments which is why conversations with staff and customers about what they believe is appropriate will continue

– British Retail Consortium statement

Retailers' lads' mag warning: Your views

You've been telling us what you think of today's call to retailers to ban lads' mags with naked or near-naked women on the cover:

Finally decency prevails: Childhood restored little girls and boys are not subjected to women as sexual objects.

– Arlene Fraser

They should have a plain cover with the name of mag on it

– Mary Challoner

We have been through this many times before. This is why the top shelf was originally made to accommodate them. They then put them into plastic covers. Now put them into plain covers with just the name on. The women on these covers happily accept payment for the photos. Is this double standards?

– Robert Taylor

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Lawyers warn over sales of lads mags

Campaigners are urging high street retailers to remove magazines that display naked and near-naked images on their covers or face the risk of legal action.

Shoppers at a retail centre in Kent Credit: Press Association

The Lose the Lads' Mags campaign, by pressure groups UK Feminista and Object, says displaying publications in stores or requiring staff to handle such magazines could amount to sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

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