The following photos are of Category 1 pornographic publication covers, also found in many retail outlets at children’s eye level, which include titles such as Penthouse, Barely Legal, Finally Legal, 18, Petite, etc. According to the guidelines, these magazines are ‘Not available to persons under 18 years. Not to be sold in Queensland (Ed note: But sometimes they are!)….may offend some sections of the adult community. Material classified ‘Category 1 – Restricted’ must be distributed in a sealed wrapper. Covers must be suitable for public display. Category 1 – Restricted Covers: As for ‘Unrestricted’. These Category 1 publications are often also displayed beside the lolly’s and icecreams. Furthermore, in a letter from the Classification Board to Say No 4 Kids, it was pointed out that the term ‘offensive’ is defined on Page 17 of the Guidelines as: ‘Material which causes outrage or extreme disgust…’. (So you can’t just be a ‘little bit’ disgusted! You have to be EXTREMELY disgusted!) Again, the current law allows not only highly sexualised ’lads mags’ and ‘unrestricted M15+’ to be displayed in front of children, but Category 1 18+ as found below.
(F.Y.I: Material Classified ‘Category 2 – Restricted’ may not be publicly displayed and may only be displayed in premises that are restricted to adults.)
The photographs below are of shop displays containing Category 1 pornographic magazine covers. Again, all of this in full view and easy access of children,
pic 1 – A porn display including explicit DVD covers near the counter, beside the chocolate bars, above the daily newspapers and in full view and access of children in a service station. pic 2 – Involuntary exposure. Everyone must walk past (or stand in front if there’s a queue!) to get to the counter. pic 3 – The backs of porn mags through outside window at service station. pic 4 – At KIDS eyelevel just inside the door. pic 5 and 6 – R Rated and sealed, but still in front of children. pic 7 – Porn amongst children’s comic books and Who Weekly. pic 8 – Nothing wrong with this beside Scooby Doo and Who Weekly, according to our law makers and retailers. pic 9 – The daily newspapers sit underneath this porn display near the door at children’s eye level in this service station.
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