Friday, March 09, 2012

You Can Strip, But Not You

This article by Jan Moir for the Daily Mail got me thinking—Stripping off for gold: How our super-fit Olympic hopefuls just can't keep their kit on.

As do so many American athletes, there seems to be a trend in stripping down for the cameras for publicity’s sake.

We expect and accept it from celebrities like actresses and models, but how does the public feel about elite athletes doing the same?

Do athletes posing nude denigrate the sport?

I’m not sure I really see the difference between popular athletes and celebrities. I mean, why should it be acceptable for only some people to make some extra bucks with their bodies and not others? Don’t stars and athletes already make a living off their “bodies”?

Look at Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. If we’re really going to get upset about something, why not question that age old practice of saying looking at beautiful half-naked women is a sport.


  1. Anonymous9:52 PM

    Well, the pro athletes who pose for ESPN Magazine are not really nude, IMHO. They are implied nude. You'll never see schlong in those jock mags. The only nudes we see in sports are the streakers, usually in England for some reason. All that Victorian repression coming out.

  2. Lol...that's true. There is not total nudity; tidbits are covered...but are athletes so revered to some that the idea of them "selling out" is offensive?