Sir: The interest groups calling for the removal of lads’ mags from supermarket shelves risk jeopardising their credibility by exhibiting “political correctness gone mad” (‘New campaign calls for shops to Lose the Lads’ mags,’ thegrocer.co.uk, 28 May). A more reasoned response may be to engage in negotiations with retailers or their trade organisations.
The products on sale are legal and industry guidelines provide regulation. Ultimately, if sufficient customers no longer want such material on display, they will make their feelings known without expensive litigation.
From an employment perspective, a female employee may be able to show that the displaying of these magazines has the effect of violating her dignity. But then would retailers agree to remove alcohol if it offended an employee whose religion prohibited it? Where would the line be drawn?
Sinéad Mohan, solicitor, Hill Dickinson LLP