QUICKLINKS AND VIEW OPITONS
Reflections on the cover of Sports Illustrated
Thursday, February 25, 2016 4:42 pm Email this article
The cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition this year features plus-size model Ashley Graham on all fours in the surf. I’m not sure which sport this photo is intended to illustrate, but my first guess is . . . swimming :)
I had to get that joke out of the way. In fact I use the magazine the following way. Next to the Sports Illustrated, there are copies of Self magazine and a Barbie doll. I tell female patients there is no reason they have to look like Barbie. None of the models in Self magazine has visible breasts or buttocks. I point out that the women in men’s magazines have those features. Witness buxom Ashley. Women don’t have to be skinny to be attractive.
And of course I point out that the group with the longest lifespan is overweight people, the group with BMI 25-30, NOT the so-called "normal" group with BMI 18-25. In one fell swoop I raised my success rate by moderating my standards. Others may be crazy about diet, but I will be sane.
Women complain that too many men treat women as sex objects. There may be parts of the country or social groups where that is true, but in my neighborhood, it is the women who objectify each other. They are much harsher critics of each other, and more focused on body shape than men are. You see this on the Bravo Channel. I wish women would cut each other some slack. It is relationships and ideas in life that matter. Not silly stuff.
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