Lindsey Vonn’s SI Cover: Much Ado About Nothing
Let’s see. We have sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and unequal pay wages, but I think we should really concentrate our outrage on this. Clearly Lindsay Vonn is being victimized by the powers to be at Sports Illustrated. Give me a break. Get in a twit about something else. From womentalksports.com
Vonn is first a GREAT athlete, but she also represents a norm of feminine attractiveness. The combination of athleticism and attractiveness make Vonn the likely poster girl of the US Olympic Team, and the media hasn’t disappointed in constructed her as such.
Not to be left out, Sports Illustrated is featuring Vonn on their Feb. 8, 2010 cover. For those of you who follow SI Covers, know that female athletes are RARELY featured on the cover.
Over the last 60 years researchers have shown that about 4% of all SI covers have portrayed women.
When females are featured on the cover of SI, they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action-and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception.
How can you think this looks sexualized when she is wearing a freakin’ bodysuit? Does she need to wear a chastity belt as well? Might I remind you, she does have to squat to ski down the mountain, so get your head out of the gutter. Why can’t women be attractive and powerful? I, for one, am proud to see her on the SI cover. If you don’t agree you can kiss my athletic ass.