Guest Post: Julie Gale. Director, Kids Free 2B Kids.

Note: This blog necessarily contains explicit material not suitable for children and which may offend some readers.

“It is a continual frustration that the media will not print examples of covers of pornographic material sold within view and access of children. (or examples of content and text in unsealed mags.) So, of course, my message is continually minimised in the process. And it means that many people understandably don’t really get what the fuss is about.

One of the reasons BP, Mobil and Shell/Coles Express removed all category 1 restricted magazines from their company owned stores nationwide is because I sent them graphic (but pixilated) images of the covers, content and text in magazines they were selling. I also explained that many distributors were flouting the law, and this meant that unintentionally a lot of their stores were selling illegal content.

Removing ALL category 1 nationwide. That is responsible action… not undertaken lightly and goes to show that providing examples made the issue very clear.

It’s so ironic and hypocritical that the material is deemed ok to be displayed in front of kids – but definitely far too inappropriate for the media to show.

I understand it is a tough call from the media perspective – but so frustrating for those of us who are just wanting to show it how it is.”

Rather than including the images I provided, the ABC’s The Drum unlashed  chose to link to the sayno4kids petition site – which does have examples of some ‘soft p-rn’ lad mags –  but at the moment the images do not reflect the editors note (nor the child advocates statement) accurately.

I just wish that the media would say/show it how it is instead of editing out relevant and important information.

Julie Gale is the founder of Kids Free 2B Kids.

Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.

Editor’s Note: For images of the sorts of magazines child advocates are calling to have limited to sale in adults only premises, please see here. These images may offend some readers.