Boobs or balls?

We're thinking there are some magazine covers that should always sport one of those opaque, dark sleeves over the top of them. The obvious ones being the 'Naughty Housewives' five-parter that little Jimmy and his friends might be trying to collect (if only they could reach the top shelf), but we can also think of a few celebrities that should be heard (in the news) but not seen.

But who decides what should be shown - that isn't pornographic or offensive - and what should be laid bare for the public to peruse? The answer it seems is companies who think that exposed women, rather than exposed men should remain covered up, Jezebel tells us.

One recent cover of Dossier magazine, featuring androgynous model Andrej Pejic was wrapped in a dark plastic cover by management at Barnes and Nobel, the US bookstore chain, as they believed that customers would mistake Pejic's bare chest for that of a young girls.

'Dossier co-founder and creative director Skye Parrott [said] that the directive came as a shock. 'We knew that this cover presented a very strong, androgynous image,' said Parrott, 'and that could make some people uncomfortable. That's partly why we chose it. I guess it has made someone pretty uncomfortable.'

'Added Parrott, 'I've been talking to all my friends who work in magazines, and nobody I know has ever heard of anything like this happening. Especially with a guy. Guys are shirtless on magazine covers all the time.'

Better stick to colour-coding to avoid embarrassment: pink for girls, blue for boys etc.

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