Naked Athletes Used to Try to Sell 2nd Rate Sports Magazine
Although I am pretty hostile to using nude celebs to, for instance, push animal rights moralism, I am not generally censorious about nudity. That said, I have to ask what, precisely, "The Body Issue" from ESPN The Magazine this year (and, indeed, any other) is meant to accomplish. This is not Robert Mapplethorpe. Yet a lot of the discussion around this issue tends each year to revolve around the sexualizing of female athletes. What is odd is the totally airbrushed quality of the images renders them more or less totally de-sexualized and that regardless of pose or exposure. But this is not a celebration of bodies. There is neither a mole nor a blemish in sight. The airbrushing has, especially on the women, nearly eliminated any hint of muscle tone. Assessment: wholly uninteresting.