b. General Retail Outlets

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

"Adults only" pornographic outlets are by no means the exclusive retailers of sexually explicit materials in the United States. Sexually explicit magazines rely heavily on single issue sales in convenience stores and general bookstores and newsstands across the country.[2222] Some of these mainstream stores now also sell "X" rated video tapes.[2223]

Sexually explicit magazines and tabloids are also sold at newsstands. Newsstands often place these magazines in racks alongside non-sexually explicit magazines. This often means that such magazines are in full view of passersby and children.

Vending machines are also used as a retail outlet for sexually explicit tabloids.[2224] These unmonitored machines pose serious problems because anyone can purchase a tabloid from these machines and anyone can view the exposed portions of the tabloid.

  1. For example, of the three top selling sexually explicit magazines at least fifty percent or more of their total sales in 1982 were attributed to single copy sales. Audit Bureau of Circulation, ABC Audit Report-Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler, 1982.
  2. The Commission heard testimony regarding of convenience stores nationwide which sell pcrnographic magazines and video tapes. Thousands of such retail outlets have stopped selling sexually explicit magazines in recent months.
  3. See, The discussion of newspaper distribution for further information.