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Published On: Thu, Feb 8th, 2018

Sports Illustrated goes #MeToo with naked models and messages that they are more than objects

The upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features models transformed into  #MeToo canvases as they pose naked for men whose sole purpose for buying the issue is to stare at beautiful, naked, women.

Birthday suits won out over swimsuits.
That’s the questionable logic behind next week’s 2018 Swimsuit Issue, the first “of the #MeToo Era” in which “models were as much participants as objects,” Vanity Fair reported.

An SI.com preview of the issue shows Swedish model Paulina Porizkova lying down naked, face up, with the word “TRUTH” painted on her ribcage; Australian model Robyn Lawley standing naked and extending her left arm, which is emblazoned with the word “FEMINIST”; and Sailor Brinkley Cook, the daughter of model Christie Brinkley, lying naked on her side and staring at the camera with the word “PROGRESS” written across her back.

Editor MJ Day and her core team, comprised of all women, had decided as early as last spring to try in 2018 to make a magazine where models were as much participants as objects.

PHOTOS AND MORE HERE

“I’m thrilled that this movement is going on because I feel like it’s going to change things for the better,” Day said.

Better?

Maybe the SI issue will be more substance.

Nina Agdal posed for Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Swimsuit Issue in a tank top that read “A WOMAN DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MODEST TO BE RESPECTED.” Of course, the tank top was see through and her nipples were visible.

Good thing she didn’t want to be provocative.

photo/Piotr VaGla Waglowski, http://www.vagla.pl

“These are sexy photos,” Day said. “At the end of the day, we’re always going to be sexy, no matter what is happening. We’re Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. The ideal is to create something artful, to create a beautiful image that both the subject and the team is proud of and collaborates on together.”

Create something artful…a beautiful image…of HALF NAKED WOMEN.

Day told Vanity Fair that she sees connections between the #MeToo movement and her own work. “It’s about allowing women to exist in the world without being harassed or judged regardless of how they like to present themselves,” she said.

How could they be judged or harassed by circulating naked photos of themselves with the words TRUTH or PROGRESS on their flesh?

Then Day reveals the true problem with #METOO:

“That’s an underlying thread that exists throughout the Swimsuit Issue. You have Harvard graduates, you have billion-dollar moguls, you have philanthropists, you have teachers, you have mothers—you have a full range of women represented in the alumnus of this magazine, and not one of them failed because they wore a bikini.”

What?

If they are career driven women and sexy, what’s the need to pose nude and exploit their human body for the enjoyment of those perverted men?

Why fuel the fetishes and libidos of the next Weinstein, Affleck or Franco?

Feminism is truly going off the rail and women like DAY are the problem, not the solution.

 

About the Author

- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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