Daily Archives: February 11, 2015
We all know what the cover photo of the Sports Illustrated magazine will be. A model smiling into the camera, wearing an itsy bitsy bikini that does not leave much to the imagination.
Normally, I don’t pay attention to these magazines. But this cover photo has generated quite a bit of controversy.
I completely understand that this is the job of a model. To show off clothes that the consumer will want to buy. But this picture is a little too far from good taste for my liking, even for a mainstream men’s magazine like Sports Illustrated.
One of the problems I have with the media is that they continue to send mixed messages. They tell us about women who have achievements and have gone onto positions of power within business or the government. But then they parade this kind of image, a size 2 model who is only a few inches away from being in an x-rated picture. Personally, I would rather be in a position of power, have my achievements and look a little on the dumpy side that try to conform to the size 2 sex object, wearing nothing or next to nothing image that is continually being rammed down our throats.
It’s not just our girls that are seeing this image, our boys are also seeing this image. What are they learning about women and how to treat women when they see this picture? I’m sure Hannah Davis is an intelligent and capable woman, but this image sends the wrong message to boys. We cannot teach our boys how to treat girls properly if this is the imagery that they are exposed to at a young age.
I’m not a prude, but this image is very wrong, on multiple levels.
Earlier today, three young people were killed today in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. According to the police, it is over a parking spot.
The three victims are Muslim-American. Two of them were a newlywed couple, the third victim was the sister of the bride.
The easy thing to say is that the man who killed them was prejudiced against Muslims. While it is entirely possible, I prefer not to dwell on that, at least until the police have done their job.
What hurts my heart is that three people are dead. None of them were older than 25. They had their entire lives ahead of them, until earlier today. While I do not know their families, I grieve with them just the same.
Every life is precious. Regardless of what labels we use or what others give us, no one has the right to say that their neighbor’s life is worth less than their own because their neighbor adheres to a different set of beliefs or lives a different life.
My heart hurts tonight.