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DonRocks posted a topic in Current EventsSports Illustrated seems to think they're performing some type of virtuous act by including "larger women" in their Swimsuit Edition these days. This would be fine, except these "larger women," even though they may weigh fifty pounds more than average, are young, beautiful, have runway-perfect hair and skin, and in the right pose, still have something close to hourglass figures. Show me the thighs with cauliflower cellulite, the pale, pasty beer guts hanging over the belt line, the 70-year-old who can't get up from her wheelchair because of her weight, and the other ugly realities of obesity, and *then* I'll believe you're doing something other than trying to sell magazines. "It's a start," they'll say. Maybe. We'll see how far you take this, but as of now, it's more like catering to a fetish, or a token response to societal pressures.
This is a "listicle" that's interesting and worth a quick click-thru, *if* you understand that it's about the good old U S of A. I want to emphasize that Sports Illustrated is a very American publication (it's owned by Time, Inc., whose "Person of the Year" awards are equally prejudiced), and the awards are prejudiced towards an American audience (they even admit as much), so with that in mind, prepare to see a lot of NBA, NFL, and NBA players who would not merit the award if it were truly based on a worldwide field. To emphasize the prejudice in this award, the last time a non-American was on the cover was the Canadian Wayne Gretzky in 1982, and before that, it was Scottish race-car driver Jackie Stewart in 1973 - in other words, it should be correctly titled "American Sportsperson of the Year" - why they don't just come out and say this just shows how ethnocentrical they are, and how much discrimination they show towards non-American athletes. I guess it's no different than calling the Cubs "World Champions" (even though when it comes to baseball, the best team in the USA probably *is* the best team in the world). More interesting still would be if people could make a case for someone else more deserving of the award in any given year (Leicester City F.C., for example, about whom I *still* don't fully understand the scope of their accomplishment, and would very much appreciate a thread about, hint, hint). Anywhere, here it is: "Every Sportsperson of the Year" on si.com And by the way, accepting the award's jingoism, this year it should have been "The Chicago Cubs" given that LeBron James just won the award in 2012. Yes, James was arguably the most deserving American individual (at least in a major team sport), but come on - 108 years?! And with precedent in 2004 for the Boston Red Sox? This award is stupid.