Problem

Since 1964 this magazine has sexually objectified women for sport and profit.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue would be more aptly named the Sexploitation Issue. Women of all shapes, sizes, and ages deserve more than being reduced to body parts for men to ogle. This magazine is sending a message that women’s bodies are for public consumption, and any retailer that displays and sells it is condoning the toxic culture of entitlement to the female body.

In 2015, the cover featured a model revealing a portion of her pubic area. 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.

Patrons have a right to shop free from exposure to soft-core pornography in the checkout line.

Updates

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Empowerment Or Sexual Objectification?

Originally published on Huffington Post. It’s February again, and of course that means it’s time to ogle women in barely-there bikinis in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. While men around the country eagerly await this publication, I find it increasingly difficult to accept the societal narrative surrounding it. That’s because the unspoken truth is […]

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Calvin Klein is Standing by its Ad Depicting Sexual Harassment

Sign our Calvin Klein Petition Here: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Calvin Klein to stop normalizing and glamorizing sexual harassment. Once again, Calvin Klein has used a depiction of sexual harassment or assault in its advertisements. The American fashion house has continued to stand by its most recent ad campaign, […]

Sports Illustrated: Objectifying Plus Sized Models Doesn’t Make You “Body Positive”

The 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue released three covers this year, one of which features a plus-sized model, and all of which normalize sexual objectification and exploitation. Consumers of Sports Illustrated‘s annual “pop-culture porn” get to choose between a cover of a plus-sized woman, a woman who is naked except for body paint, and another woman who is […]

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 […]

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