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Bauer Media closes nude mags People and Picture after pressure group campaigned to have them banned

Nudie mags People and Picture close after pressure group campaigned to have them banned – despite hard-core porn available at the touch of a screen

  • Two magazines forced to close after group campaigned against them
  • Picture and The People, both published by Bauer Media, feature young women
  • Notorious for provocative headlines including; ‘I have no gag reflex’

Two magazines have been forced to close after a campaign group pressured businesses to remove them from their shelves. 

Australian magazines Picture and The People, which are both published by Bauer Media, will be pulled from production by the end of the year.

Both magazines are notorious for publishing images of scantily clad young women along with provocative headlines. 

One cover, which featured a woman in pigtails, read: ‘I have no gag reflex’. 

Australian magazines Picture and The People, which are both published by Bauer Media, will be pulled from production at the end of the yea

Both magazines are notorious for publishing images of scantily clad young women along with provocative headlines

Both magazines are notorious for publishing images of scantily clad young women along with provocative headlines

Activist group Collective Shout launched a campaign earlier this year claiming the Australian magazines exploited young women. 

Shortly after the campaign fuel giants BP Australia has joined 7-Eleven removed them from 350 petrol outlets.

A spokeswoman for Bauer told The Guardian; ‘Discussions to close the Picture and People magazines have been taking place, as the magazines have lost ranging (visibility), which has affected their commercial viability.

‘As closures impact a number of people, including some staff and suppliers, they need to be well considered and timed appropriately. 

‘The magazines will be closing at the end of the year and we’re working closely with staff to find suitable redeployment.’

The closure comes as many racy magazines have been forced to either rebrand or shut up shop with the rise of readily available pornography at the touch of a button. 

Smartphone technology has completely transformed the sex industry over the past few years – even Playboy abandoned its legacy earlier this year to less on sex and more on ‘sexual fluidity’. 

Collective Shout director Melinda Tankard Reist commended Bauer Media Group for its decision. 

Collective Shout director Melinda Tankard Reist campaigned hard to get the magazines pulled from shelves

Collective Shout director Melinda Tankard Reist campaigned hard to get the magazines pulled from shelves

A spokeswoman for Bauer said that as the magazines had lost ranging visibility, their commercial viability had been impacted

A spokeswoman for Bauer said that as the magazines had lost ranging visibility, their commercial viability had been impacted

‘Bauer has recognised that society has moved on. These sexist titles cannot co-exist in a society that claims to care about sexual harassment and other forms of mistreatment of women.

‘The sexist behavior of the St Kevin’s students just this week is a reflection of boys’ conditioning by a p*rnified culture. They learn early that women exist for their gratification. We can’t change behavior without addressing the cultural normalising of it. A sexist culture grooms sexist boys.’

Collective Shout campaigns against the objectification of women and the sexualisation of girls, according to its website.

Daily Mail Australia has approached Bauer Media for comment.



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