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.
These images are not designed to be empowering. Rather, they are designed to portray women as sexually desirable and available to the male customers purchasing this magazine.
These images are not about body positivity. They are about male sexual entitlement, and the mega-corporation that profits off of hypersexualizing women.
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.
Send an email to corporate executives at Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Safeway to ask them to remove Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue from checkout aisles so customers are not forced to see sexually objectifying messages about women.
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Sports Illustrated today released its annual Swimsuit Edition, which irresponsibly but predictably contributes to a culture of sexual objectification, male sexual entitlement, and relatedly, sexual harassment and assault. Watch Our Video Here For decades, women in our culture have been drowning in the message from mainstream media, Hollywood, and “women’s magazines” that their self-worth lies […]