Zoo Magazine banned by Australian supermarket chain for promoting ‘rape culture’
Lads magazine Zoo has fallen foul of a feminist campaign down under after the weekly title was stripped from the store shelves of Australian supermarket chain Coles.
The Bauer Media title had become the focal point of a vociferous campaign mounted by Collective Shout, which had collected in excess of 40,000 signatures backing its push to have the magazine removed.
Laura Pintur, leader of the group, said that the magazine’s penchant for busty, bikini clad girls ‘promotes rape culture’ and ‘teaches boys that girls exist purely for their sexual use’.
Pintur added: “I have seen and experienced first-hand the detrimental costs of what this magazine endorses, not only in my life but the lives of other young people.
“Magazines like Zoo promote attitudes that lead to violence against women.”
In a statement Coles said it had opted to discontinue the magazine ‘following a regular range review’.
Flushed with success, Pintur is now setting her sights on Woolworths in an effort to get that chain to follow suit.