MLB contributor 10vinceyoung10 decided to take a time-out from baseball and concentrate on a beautiful woman with beautiful breasts. He would not, however, post the pictures below. That is your job, Bloggers' Domain members. If you have the pictures and would like them to be up here in a future BD Blog, post the pics on your personal blog, and fanmail topdawgizalaw the link. I will then proceed to post them up here. Anyways, here is vince's opinion on the matter:
Amanda Beard, a swimmer who has won seven Olympic medals, is planning to pose in Playboy, and Swimming World Magazine says that fact is "dominating discussion among the swimming community."
Is a swimmer posing in Playboy really such a big deal that it should dominate the discussion among the swimming community? I don't think it is, but With Leather cites someone who thinks it's a very big deal:
What upsets some people like Dr. Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, as she told the New York Daily News, is that "It used to be that female athletes were portrayed as wholesome, All-American girls. Now you get female athletes in GQ, Playboy and the Swimsuit issue. The result of it is coverage that is very damaging-that trivializes and marginalizes women athletes because it does not give them the respect they deserve as competent athletes."
I get what Dr. Kane is saying, but I don't agree with it. There's no reason you can't be a wholesome, All-American girl and still be attractive to men, and the fact that women with athletic bodies are considered attractive is a step forward, not a step backward.
A man saying Serena Williams is fat could be described as "coverage that is very damaging." But a man saying an Olympic swimmer is attractive is a good thing.
Olympic swimmer Beard is on the cover of Playboy (on newsstands now), and she went on Late Show With David Letterman Thursday to discuss:
Beard said her father was "cool with it" when she told him she'd be in Playboy, and that her boyfriend was pleased.
Most of the discussion, though, was about her swimming career. Beard allowed Letterman to smell her as proof that she doesn't always smell like chlorine, and she told him that although she's "a grandma" as a 25-year-old in the young-women's game of swimming, she plans to compete in Beijing in 2008 and possibly in London in 2012.