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[–] gizmocaca 87 points (+87|-0)

This moment heals a lot of pain in the world

I can’t stop laughing at this quote. How narcissistic must you be to think that a picture of yourself in a bikini is somehow helping to heal pain in the world?!

And don’t even get me started on how tone deaf it is to say such a thing in the middle of a pandemic.

[–] Snowy 32 points (+32|-0)

Yeah, that one got me too. Perhaps it healed the deep wounds caused by the literal violence of misgendering. I swear, these people live in an alternate universe.

[–] lesbifriends 11 points (+11|-0)

deep wounds

My mind went somewhere else and I started retching… 🤢

[–] lucretiamott forestgender 68 points (+68|-0)

"This moment heals a lot of pain in the world" is the most grandiose, delusional thing he could write about a bikini photo.

I honestly can't decide how I feel about this, my two feelings are:

1) Good, let them have all this porny sexy shit (beauty pageants, Victoria's secret shows etc). Dudes can wank it to other dudes, women don't want this anyway.

2) It still reinforces steretypes that oppress women. It's the oppressor taking a more direct role in reinforcing that oppression. Kinda like male beauty youtubers. The people who suffer from the "women must be sexy" message are ultimately women.

Those two ideas are currently having a boxing match in my brain.

[–] GelatinousRube 32 points (+32|-0)

It's the oppressor taking a more direct role in reinforcing that oppression. Kinda like male beauty youtubers.

Yep. Also like blackface.

[–] NewMa 17 points (+17|-0)

I agree; I alllwaaayyys feel like this is somewhere approaching blackface, particularly the ones that are very "I'm so beautiful," or otherwise models/YT/etc.

Off-topic, but men age differently than women, so it'll be interesting to see how the aging works for them, between the constant estrogen supplementation and the extra layer of skin....

[–] proudcatlady 22 points (+22|-0)

men age differently than women

It’s okay. You’re safe here. You can say it. THEY AGE LIKE SHIT.

One reason I’m terrified to get married is we’re going to get to our 30s or 40s and he’s gonna look like my granddad.

[–] Mother-of-Rats 1 points (+1|-0)

I was just about to go off on you about the “extra layer of skin” then I remembered the post you’re referencing and I died laughing.

[–] slendernan 19 points (+19|-0)

2) It still reinforces steretypes that oppress women. It's the oppressor taking a more direct role in reinforcing that oppression. Kinda like male beauty youtubers. The people who suffer from the "women must be sexy" message are ultimately women.

Thank you for wording perfectly what bothered me about it. I couldn't put it into words, but this is exactly it and why I can't safely say lets give them the pageants and victoria's secret shows, because in no way does it mean we get away scot free. We just give men another way of shaping expectations on women this way. They might wank it to that cover, but when it comes to sex they'll never go near that neovag, and it'll be women abused emotionally and made to feel bad about their bodies because they don't look like mister plastic fantastic on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

[–] Zola 7 points (+7|-0)

took the words right out of my mouth. u/lucretiamott made an excellent comment.

[–] PeakNarcissism 3 points (+3|-0)

I love Tims in beauty pagents - like the one who won Miss Nevada.

A beauty pagent is essentially picking which young woman has the most reproductive value - which is why they also consider talent, education along with looks. No married women either.

And before they even pick a heavier or normal size woman (or older woman)- they chose a man. It's pretty hilarious to me 😂😂

Good luck with that 🤣

[–] slendernan 45 points (+45|-0)

I'm so tired of those things. Those men had shitton of surgeries done, they have shitton of make up put on them and are photoshopped beyond belief, but sure, a symbol of beauty. A symbol of plastic beauty and men's wants. There're so many layers about it that annoy the living daylights out of me...

[–] BogHag 26 points (+26|-0) Edited

And you take any element away. The make up, the surgery, the careful posing, the lighting, the Photoshop... Without any they wouldn't have "passed", let alone been a sex symbol. The bar is so fucking low for these fetishists.

[–] [Deleted] 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

I watched Port Authority. He doesn’t pass. This is Industrial Light and Magic.

[–] Ghostofbelaabzug 31 points (+31|-0)

How many covers does Sports Illustrated have? I've seen stories this week about Megan Thee Stallion being the first female rapper on the cover, Naomi Osaka being the first black athlete on the cover and now this. It seems like they just throw out as many "controversial" cover subjects as they can just so they get press.

[–] pennygadget 14 points (+14|-0)

And I hate how Sports Illustrated acts like being the first [insert minority] woman to do their softcore porn issue is some kind of victory for civil rights. Instead of photographing Naomi Osaka in a bikini and patting themselves on the back for wanking to Black athlete; maybe they should celebrate HER ACTUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS and photograph her in her tennis outfit instead!

Agreed. But just cuz i'm a Naomi Osaka fan, i wanna note Osaka was in a one-piece swimsuit and doesn't look super pornified...

[–] BogHag 26 points (+26|-0)

Jesus Christ. The start to that article. Why? Why do we need to know that? How is selling your body as an objectified fetish of womanhood gonna heal your sexual trauma exactly? Explain it to me.

[–] pennygadget 8 points (+8|-0)

How is selling your body as an objectified fetish of womanhood gonna heal your sexual trauma exactly? Explain it to me.

Pornsick idiots think rape and exploitation is less traumatic if you embrace the Stockholm Syndrome and learn to like it

[–] WAHF 21 points (+21|-0)

Women are not their target audience. Men are. Straight men. They’ll buy it just to gawk at the weirdo.

It’s amazing he doesn’t see that he wasn’t put on the cover because he’s just so dang beautiful he’s the epitome of female allure. He was put on the cover as the freaky sideshow so Sports Illustrated could show how woke they are while at the same time making money off of the curiosity of it all. It’s not flattering. He would not have been chosen if he were not transgender. If he were an actual woman with his level of attractiveness and body shape, he would not have made the cut.

[–] Riothamus scrote 13 points (+13|-0)

Straight men are just not going to buy this. "Groundbreaking" covers only matter when they feature someone sexually attractive.

Men bought Ashley Graham's "plus-size" swimsuit cover because, well, just look at her!

This garbage will result in cancellations. It's a bad move for the dying print magazine industry.

[–] Zola 6 points (+6|-0)

did he ever say he respects women enough to have dignity for himself? no. he just wants to market his sexual trauma because he is brainwashed.

[–] GelatinousRube 20 points (+20|-0)

We kind of can't "go somewhere else." Corporations have just repackaged men to shove down our throats in another form.

[–] Snowy 16 points (+16|-0) Edited

That's true, but this is one magazine I think many of us are happy to go without.

[–] digestif 16 points (+16|-0)

I'd happily go elsewhere. The problem is you dudes demand access to wherever I leave to.

[–] sarahsmile 12 points (+12|-0)

Yes, I’m sure you are just as feminine and lovely as Christy Turlington when you roll out of bed. Oh, the stories the makeup artists at Sports Illustrated could tell.

[–] pennygadget 11 points (+11|-0)

Leyna Bloom says she was raped as a child, sexually fetishized her entire life and forced to hide who she really was. Now, she’s the first transgender woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, celebrated as “a symbol of beauty.”

So he's recovering from being raped and fetishized by men by....posing in a skimpy swimsuit in a magazine cover designed to objectify women in order to titillate men?

This is honestly sad. And of course the porn-sick media thinks this is a great way to treat sexual trauma!

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