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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

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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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

Safeway Agrees to Cover Up ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue (Breitbart)

The cover for the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue this year made news globally. Even cover model Hannah Davis expressed shock at the remarkably revealing result.

Issue: Objectification

Barnes and Noble: An Adult Bookstore?

Sports Illustrated recently published its raciest Swimsuit Edition cover to date, and Barnes & Noble has no qualms about displaying it prominently in their stores. This year’s cover features model Hannah Davis and advertises anything but the swimsuit she’s wearing, or rather practically not wearing. The cover draws particular attention to the model’s pubic area as she nearly pulls down her bathing suit bottom. Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition is known for its soft porn images, but the magazine is really pushing the envelope on this one.

2014 Dirty Dozen List: Barnes and Noble

“Today Show” promotes “Fifty Shades of Grey” and domestic violence

In just one week, E.L. James fans will see Hollywood’s take on her twisted tale, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Regardless of the film’s “unusual” content, as the MPAA describes it, the book’s main theme will burn through the big screen: Domestic violence and sexual abuse against women is romantic and empowering—and women want it. You can shade a lie any color you want, but it does not make it true. Hollywood is fetishing gender inequality and selling it as an empowered love story. The latest twist is that this agenda was pushed by morning talked shows, like “The Today Show,” all last week.

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