Porn opponents call for a boycott of 7-Eleven, a leading retailer of sexually explicit magazines.

Pornography was put on center stage when former Miss America Vanessa Williams was dethroned after Penthouse magazine published sexually explicit photos of her. The National Federation for Decency (NFD) is working hard to keep the porn issue in the spotlight.

Last month the group organized a nationwide, one-day picket of 7-Eleven, the convenience store leader. Demonstrators showed up at more than 400 7-Eleven stores in some 150 cities. The NFD says 7-Eleven leads the nation in retailing pornographic magazines. A 7-Eleven spokesman says the charge can neither be conclusively confirmed nor disproved.

The NFD also has urged a boycott of the convenience-store chain until it changes its policies on porn retailing. The organization says its efforts already are netting results. A number of retail chains, other than 7-Eleven, have discontinued the objectionable magazines, says NFD associate director Steve Hallman. Handy Marts Corporation, which owns 78 7-Eleven stores, has pulled the magazines on a two-month test basis.

There are almost 7,400 7-Eleven stores in the United States. Most are owned and operated by the multi-billion dollar Southland Corporation, based in Dallas. Doug Reed, Southland’s media relations coordinator, says there will be no changes in his company’s policy on porn retailing. That policy allows for the sale of just three “men’s” magazines—Playboy, Penthouse, and Forum. These are covered with blinders that allow only the titles to show, and they are not advertised.

However, independent franchisees own 35 percent of the nation’s 7-Eleven stores. Some openly display as many as 60 pornographic magazines. Reed says Southland ...

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