Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Retailers
February 8, 2016

Sports Illustrated’s “Swimsuit Issue” is Really the Sexploitation Issue

Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue should be renamed the Sexploitation Issue.

This magazine has a long history of sexually objectifying women for sport.

The pornification of Sports Illustrated dates back several years, but the 2015’s cover on which the model appeared revealing a portion of her pubic area was clearly intended to push boundaries. In 2015, after more than 30,000 complaints were filed, Safeway quickly moved the magazine away from checkout stands and stated that two-thirds of the cover would be out of sight. NCOSE is asking the public demand that companies like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Walgreens, Safeway, and Barnes & Noble remove the magazine from the eye-level of children and from patrons who don’t want to be exposed to softcore pornography at the store checkout line.

You Can Take Action about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Here:

Any store that displays Sports Illustrated’s February issue is sending a message that it agrees women’s bodies are for public consumption. A publication that denigrates women by portraying them as ornamental objects for sexual pleasure is a publication that is complacent in the face of sexual exploitation and inequality.

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

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