Christians called on to petition supermarkets over ‘lads’ mags’ display

19 February 2009

by Ed Beavan

AMANDA Robbie, the wife of a vicar from the West Midlands, is calling on Christians to petition super­markets to remove “lads’ mags” from shelves visible to young children.

Mrs Robbie, whose husband Neil is the new Vicar of Holy Trinity, West Bromwich, lodged a written complaint at the Great Bridge branch of Asda, near their parish, after a trip there with her three young children. She was shocked when they spotted soft-porn magazines such as Nuts and FHM that were placed on shelves at children’s eye-level.

“I thought I should complain, and ask them to remove them from children’s height, and a lot of my friends have supported me and agreed something should be done. I told them I would not be shopping at Asda unless they moved the magazines, so did it on a consumer-power basis.

“Anyone who knows young people should write to their super­market to complain. It doesn’t take a lot of effort.”

After the complaint, Asda in Great Bridge moved the magazines to the top shelf.

Mrs Robbie had previously made a similar complaint at a branch of Sainsbury’s, in Wolver­hampton, after which the super­market staff moved the magazines to the top shelf, and placed them under an opaque cover.

Mrs Robbie’s stance follows a campaign by the Labour MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, who represents Crosby near Liverpool, calling for “lads’ mags” to be given cinema-style “18” ratings.

At present, a voluntary code of practice recommends that retailers display “lads’ mags” above children’s eye-level.

Forthcoming Events

21-22 February 2020
Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature
With Sam Wells, Catherine Fox, Mark Oakley, Suzannah Lipscomb and many others. 
See the full programme

26 March 2020
Theology Slam Live Final
Hear three of the UK’s best up-and-coming young theologians as they reflect on the most pressing issues of our time.  Book tickets

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read five articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)