A year ago, almost to the day-- eesh, have I been posting here that long?!-- I wrote a post about the gender bias on SI. (Shameless self promotion moment: http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/153563-rant-si-and-gender-bias)
So it's Swimsuit Issue time again. With trepidation, I open my web browser. I don't know if my self esteem can handle this, but FanNation is one of my stress relievers, so I feel compelled. I position the arrow on my FanNation bookmark, close my eyes, and click. I open my right eye-- Danica Patrick, as tastefully done as objectifying a woman can be done. Not too bad, I think to myself. I open the other eye, and... WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!
There she is-- a too-skinny, airbrushed chick with the "come hither" look, b.o.o.b.s. in my face just like last year, but this time she's wearing... MACRAMÉ. I swear, she has on a plant hanger from my grandmother's house. How does this qualify as a swimsuit? Who the hell can swim in that? And how is that photo not porn?
I scroll down the page, hoping to erase that image from my mind, and here's ANOTHER ad with ANOTHER too-skinny, airbrushed chick. At least THIS one is wearing a LITTLE bit more-- a sequined headband... oh yeah, that makes me feel SO much better... "Nothing that a rooftop and an AK-47 won't take care of."
Once again I will state that I know I am not the target audience, but it's not like I have options not to see it-- it's on EVERY stinking page! I have enough problems; I don't need to make my self esteem even worse by subconsciously comparing my looks to that every time I log on...
So here's my open letter to SI:
You really don't have to advertise the Swimsuit Issue; men around the world have the release date marked on their calendars. They argue about who should be on the cover, subscribe to SI JUST for this issue, and wait with bated breath for the mail to come once it's out. For those of us who are trying not to commit harakiri because we don't look like that and will NEVER look like that, I'm begging you. Just include a generic link saying, "It's Here!!" so those who want to ogle can and those who want to preserve SOME semblance of self worth can do that as well.
And BTW, the NCAA Women's Basketball page is STILL not up to par-- not as pathetic as it was, but it still sucks by comparison.