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The ESPN Body Issue and The Illusion of Nudity-Based Empowerment

By Haley Halverson with Margo Davison ESPN recently released its annual “Body Issue” which includes interviews and nude photographs of sixteen athletes and sports teams. Bare backsides and strategically placed hands and sports equipment to “cover” critical body parts have filled the glossy pages of ESPN annually since the magazine first instituted this Issue in […]

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Issue: Objectification

Podcast: Are Magazine Swimsuit Issues Actually Empowering?

Ep. 18 A look at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Every February the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves and some individuals applaud it as a celebration of the athletic female body. However, the truth is that Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is not a triumph of female athleticism, agency, or empowerment. Instead, it is a descent […]

Issue: Objectification

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 […]

Issue: Objectification

STATEMENT: Sports Illustrated – Highlighting a Plus Sized Model Does Not Redeem You From Your Normalization of Objectification and Sexploitation

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE Washington, DC – The 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue released three covers this year, all of which normalize sexual objectification and exploitation, says the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue promotes pop-culture pornography,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Of the three covers for this […]

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 […]

Issue: Objectification

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