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Why the New Owner of Sports Illustrated Could Impact the Annual Objectifying Swimsuit Issue

Authentic Brands Group recently bought Sports Illustrated for $110 million. According to news sources: Under terms of the deal, Authentic Brands Group (ABG) acquires the rights to market and license Sports Illustrated, its swimsuit edition, kids’ edition, “Sportsperson of the Year” and SI TV, along with the magazine’s photo archive. Meredith will continue to operate the Sports Illustrated print magazine…

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is a Slap in the Face for the #MeToo Movement

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…

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USOC Lawsuit Reflects Tolerance of Sexual Abuse in Sports Culture: What You Can Do to Help

According to a CNN news report, four women have filed a lawsuit against the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Taekwondo alleging that the sexual abuse by USA Taekwondo Team coach Jean Lopez and his gold medalist brother, Steven Lopez, was tantamount to sex trafficking. Rex Sharp, one of the three attorneys pleading the…

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Sports Illustrated Bashes Royals GM Dayton Moore for Anti-Porn Stance

You may have read about Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore taking bold, principled, countercultural action to educate his team on the harms of pornography.  As I noted in a Townhall.com column today, this decision did not occur in a vacuum. According to Porn Hub’s own data, the world watched 4.6 billion hours of pornography in…

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Sports Illustrated, the Porn Apologists?

This article originally appeared on Townhall.com.  Sports Illustrated has certainly not earned itself a reputation as defenders of women’s dignity, but in one of their latest articles, they’ve positioned themselves as overt porn apologists and defenders. The article was headlined: “Royals GM Dayton Moore Makes Bizarre and Troubling Choice to Host Anti-Porn Activists.” This defensive article…

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IJR: Sports Illustrated Celebrates #MeToo Movement With Tone-Deaf Nude Photoshoot

Sports Illustrated decided to bring attention to the #MeToo movement— a time when society is finally coming to grips with sexual abuseagainst women — with nude photos of female models. Models Paulina Porizkova, Sailor Brinkley Cook, and Robyn Lawley participated in the “In Her Own Words” photoshoot, which features naked women with empowering words painted on their bare skin….

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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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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…

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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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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…

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