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.

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.

Learn more here: endsexualexploitation.org/sportsillustrated/

The Numbers

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

100+

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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