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Feminist blogger lays into Family First over call for Zoo mag ban

A prominent feminist blogger has criticised Family First's stance on backing calls for a ban of the men's magazine Zoo from Countdown supermarket shelves.

The supermarket has hit back at those who are calling for lads’ mag Zoo to be taken off its shelves. Source: 1 NEWS

Blogger Deborah Russell reacts to Family First’s calls for the lads’ mag to be taken off the shelves. Source: Breakfast

Family First thinks the magazine should be removed from the shelves on back of a petition initiated by Australian women's rights advocate Laura Pintur and signed by nearly 40,000 people.

But blogger Dr Deborah Russell says it doesn't make any sense to ban the magazine and has instead called for better education around consent and sexual relationships.

"I don't like banning anything. If they get this material off the shelves it's still available widely on the internet," Dr Russell told TVNZ's Breakfast today.

"It's about talking about the nature of sexual violence against woman instead of just leaping for the ban hammer."

The supermarket has hit back at those who are calling for lads’ mag Zoo to be taken off its shelves. Source: 1 NEWS

Dr Russell said Family First "buys into the language of rape culture, but I don’t see them getting out there to fund Women's Refuge or advocating for more for sexual assault services".

Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie yesterday said the organisation supports pulling Zoo magazine from all New Zealand retail shelves.

"The magazine promotes a rape culture and objectifies women," he said.

Today Mr McCoskrie hit back at Countdown who claimed protesters were "making a mountain out of a molehill" about the supermarket stocking Zoo.

"Sexual violence is not a 'molehill'," he said.

"Zoo magazine is just one example of a confused society that on one hand is content to ignore the promotion of a rape culture and the objectification of women and children, while at the same time express an abhorrence of the "roastbusters’" mentality and lament our unacceptable rates of sexual violence in New Zealand."