Guest Blogger: Emily D’Addario

Female Athletes: With Fame Comes Nudity

I’ve always been a huge fan of UConn women’s basketball because of their ability to consistently perform at such a high level. As back to back national champions in 2009 and 2010, they remain at the top of women’s college basketball with a NCAA-record winning streak of 78 consecutive games. Diana Taurasi, a standout at UConn from 2000-2004, led the team to three consecutive national championships. In addition to the national recognition she received during her college career, Taurasi was held in celebrity status by many young girls and teenage athletes. We were her biggest fans! We continued to follow our hero as she was selected first overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft and went on to win a Gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

But most recently, you can spot Taurasi on the cover of the magazine ESPN, Body Issue.

Her nude picture has shocked many of her fans who once looked up to her as a role model. Getting naked once you’re famous seems to be the norm for most successful athletes, but why must the media go there? The media shows so few women playing sports, and the small number of images that we do see are intentionally sexualized. Women look quite strong and independent in their uniforms, but the media purposefully accentuates the sexier, feminine portrait off the playing field.

Many others came before Taurasi; the most well known seductive pose was of Brandi Chastain in Sports Illustrated wearing nothing but a soccer ball.

How do children make sense of these images? Today, girls are forced to compete with what they see in the media. The message to young girls is that to be any kind of athlete and to get any form of attention, they need to be beautiful and thin. While it’s acceptable to participate in a variety of activities at a young age, image is everything and it’s better to be an attractive, athletic super star above all else. Girls who play sports are most noticed and talked about when they look good.

Diana Taurasi claimed to have fun doing the photo shoot and said afterwards,

I am who I am…whether I have clothes on or off.

Taurasi’s agent echoed her with,

Every woman is multi-dimensional and Diana’s strength isn’t constrained to her undeniable athletic resume. Her photos are fearless and beautiful and the shoot was a challenge that she embraced.

I understand that such a decision is a personal choice and can be argued both ways. In the end, I am most disappointed that rather than continue to pursue her own identity, she let the media create one for her. My role model is just one more athlete that can be added to the list of Olympians who have made the choice to pose as nude models. As Audrey Brashich said in her article on girl power,

The universal message for girls becomes that it doesn’t matter how you start out – you’ll end up becoming a sexy, ultrafeminine woman.

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27 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Emily D’Addario

  1. Morgan Gibeault says:

    Famous women athletes all over the world have graced us with their athletic ability, and act as a role model for women everywhere. But I believe Emily is right. How far is too far? In order to become a female athlete you need to give up a lot. You give up free time, family time, other hobbies, and all to become the best. Once you get to the point of being the “best” you have pretty much accomplished everything you have always wanted. Once these women pose for these pictures they become known for the naked picture rather then the game winning shot to win a championship. This is just stupid to me. Yes you can claim your doing it because your comfortable with your body and can go on and on about how you don’t care what people think of you, but in the end you are letting all your hard work slip away, and get its place taken by one photo in a sports illustrated magazine. It is hard enough for young girls to strive to be like their favorite player, now they have to try to be thin and perfect like Emily said. People tend to stray away from the jacked, tough athletics and focus on the hot tennis player, or gorgeous basketball player. Good for them for being so comfortable in their bodies, but now as a popular athlete they have more to worry about. Girls everywhere look up to them and by setting this example who knows what they will think. It is so easy to judge because none of us are in this position. If I became a famous athlete who knows what I would do if this opportunity presented itself. But I know it definitely seems like these pictures are saying “forget I am a good athlete, I look hot.”

    • Kyle Tritten says:

      I completely disgree with both Emily and Morgan on this issue. YOu foregot the fact that the whole magazine contained both male and female athletes nude. The fact is that the was just one of the covers, the cover of the magazine that i receieved contains a male athlete nude on the front of it. So i feel we have made a huge thign out of a small thing, the fact being it was not just women posing nude, so your saying a male athlete posing nude is perfectly acceptable? why is that? why is it that we always overlook the similarities between what both male and female athletes are doing like in this issue of ESPN. Also if you actually read through the whole article every athlete loved the photo shoot, not one disagreed with it. And the fact that they are posing nude both male and female is giving the ability for people and fans to see the face/body under the uniform. Alot of people hold the fact that alot of female athletes must be “lesbian” or “butch” i use qoutes because most people don’t know the true meaning behind what it means to be those words. And this issue just eccentuates another side of the athlete, gives them a chance to have fun out of their serious and demanding roles for once. So let’s just not focus on a female being the only cover to the magazine or it containing mostly women in the magazine because it had its fair and even share of different covers contains male athletes, and evennumber of male to female athletes in the magazine it’s self.

  2. Emily Harris says:

    Sports is the one arena that women should really feel like they can work hard and be rewarded for their success on the field; however, now athletes are rewarded for the way they look. In regards to the tennis players that have been sexualized, Brandi Chastain, and now Diana Taurasi, how are women supposed to make their talent stand alone? Since female athletes have begun to get naked, men will now have the expectation of female athletes to be sexual because “celebrity” athletes have done the same. It’s one thing for broadcasters to sexualize the athletes they watch on t.v. that actually wear very little clothing when they play(not that they broadcasters should be paying attention to what they are wearing), but now for all female athletes the standard has been set that if we are stars we need to pose naked for sports magazines that mostly men read. And even if we aren’t star athletes we need to be hot to get any sort of attention. Playing sports is something that was liberating for women because we are able to show our abilities in what used to be a safe environment. However, now we need to look good while we do it and even if you’re not the greatest player, if you look good you will still get attention.. I can see how Chastain and Taurasi may have wanted to do their shoots because it isn’t often that they are praised for the way they look, but they should not be doing shoots like this for the men of our country to feed off of and say “that’s how a female athlete should look.” And furthermore, they have changed what a young female athlete feels she should be.

  3. Ashlinn Barber says:

    I spent a great deal of my middle school and high school life watching Diana play at UConn. These women were not only unbelievable basketball players, but also athletes. The implications of an amazing female athlete posing nude go beyond just the fact that a celebrity is telling the world that they are who they are. Diana is crossing the sexuality boundaries of athletics and sexuality. The thing that Diana and other female athletes that pose nude fail to acknowledge is the heightened sexual attention that such practices bring to female athletics. It is not just a female posing nude. Such actions have occurred millions of time. A female athlete posing nude removes credibility from female athletics. As a result of Diana’s actions, women are no longer viewed as strong, competitive athletes, they are just a sexual object. Regardless of the amazing athletic ability that Diana has as a basketball player, she now will receive more attention for her nude images. By posing nude, female athletes are separating females and athletics into two separate categories. It is no longer a matter of females defending their ability to preform as athletes, it is no a matter of females defending their abilities against their sexual image while playing sports.

  4. Mike Lazore says:

    I feel that it all comes down to making money. Most athletes male or female do not play their respected sports year round so they strive to make money based on endorsements and advertisement. Look at Tiger Woods, he makes more money through nike and gatorade than he does playing golf. Venus Williams has her own clothing line. I am not being sexist when I say this but Women athletes in the WNBA do not make that much money, so I can understand why they would want to do anything to benefit financially. It’s not like Taurasi is disagreeing to pose partially nude for ESPN. It’s all about the benjamins!

  5. Claire says:

    I think Emily’s blog stirred up a very legitimate point. The point that she raised, that continues to go unchallenged, is this notion that sexualization is the only way to attract an audience. Honestly, I am tired of everything having a sexual connotation. Pictures of athletes of both genders naked shouldn’t be the selling factor in a magazine or legitimization for their skill.

    I have a picture in my room of Mia Hamm in full soccer uniform holding a soccer ball. In my eyes it’s a striking, demanding, attention capturing, and strong photograph of a great athlete. Since when have photos like that not captured an audience? Why does our society feed off of suggestive images of nudity and “sexiness”. It’s a culturally constructed atmosphere and attitude that we ourselves have created. Pop-culture ideologies have bled into the sports arena, enforcing ideas that nude photos of great athletes will draw more attention to them. Its a representation of where we are headed if we don’t begin to solve fractures in our cultural ideologies. And like Kyle said, it’s not just females that have posed naked with sporting equipment, great male athletes are photographed as well. Thus the sphere for discussion of these racy photos should include both genders. I am disappointed that the sports arena has come to this, because it just further solidifies cultural expectations that “sex sells”.

  6. Kyle brings up a good point about the nature of the actual magazine issue. I, too, received a copy of ESPN: The Mag’s “Body Issue.” Esther Vergeer, a wheelchair tennis player, was on my cover. I remember Serena Williams was on the cover last year; Venus, her sister, was featured in the spread this time around. As Kyle said, both male and female athletes were posing in the magazine. However, the institution of sports plays a huge role in determining what photos are selected for the cover. The majority of the Mag’s readers are male sports fans; therefore, it makes sense for the publication to feature a female on the cover. It is sexist, but how many guys would’ve picked up and purchased the magazine if Evan Lysacek had graced the cover?

    I wished I had saved the magazine to quote what the editors said about the annual feature. Before the nude photo spreads, the publication stated its objective: To see the body, both male and female, in its perfection. These professional athletes push their bodies to extreme limits, and sacrifice everything for their sport. Essentially, this photo shoot functions as a showcase.

    The issue featured other body-related stories. (There was one article about athletes who lost control of their excretory organs during competitions … gross.) Offbeat and quirky, the stories served as complements to the pictures.

  7. Sam Higgs says:

    Tim Howard, Dwight Howard, Adrian Peterson: Diana Taurasi, Brandi Chastain. Most people know each one of these athletes. Tim, Dwight, and Adrian are all professional male athletes. Diana and Brandi are professional female athletes. All of these athletes posed naked for ESPN Magazine. I understand image is a big issue, especially with young women. However, we can not attack media for portraying women naked, especially if the media does the same to men. I think we are missing the overall point of these athletes posing naked. It is not to show that women have to be sexy or men have to be sexy to succeed. The message conveyed by these athletes posing nude is: Athletes can be sexy too. Professional athletes practice hard. Sports is very demanding on the human body. Just because Brandi is built muscularly does not mean she can not be sexy. Instead of being ashamed, if I was a young female athlete, I would embrace this. Especially with the conversations we have in class: “the norm this, the norm that, men want women to be skinny as a stick not an athlete”. This is showing that athletes can be appealing too even though their bodies are not equal to those of supermodels.

  8. Jr. Woodard says:

    I think Diana Taurasi is a huge role model to womens sports especially basketball fans. She has accomplished things a lot of people dont get the chance to do and she should be admired for that. This nude picture doesn’t change my outlook on her one bit. I do not question her judgement or anything of the sort because i feel like she is her own person and makes her own decisions because she is a grown woman. The issue might have just wanted to do something different. She is covered and she is a beautiful person. Maybe the issue inside the magazine had talked about her as a person and maybe can explain the picture. Until, you read the article I wouldn’t judge her. She is still the great athlete she has always been before and after the picture and should not be used as an example of.

  9. Salvador Forte says:

    Sam brings up a great point about athletes posing provocatively to show that they are sexy too. In the case of Brandi Chastain, she appears like a very strong female who is comfortable with her body. I would feel this is empowering to those female athletes with a more athletic build, which is seen as less feminine. This was my stance until I noticed that I do not know who a lot of these female athletes are, and I find myself relating a name to one of these magazine photo shoots. I feel that although female athletes are trying to empower younger female athletes by displaying their prowess through powerful images, these images are serving more as eye candy for men. Photo shoots of female athletes in scantily clad clothing are seen more in men’s magazines than women’s magazines. Their target audience is not girls. Even online there are a whole bunch of websites that rank the top 25/ 50 hottest female athletes. Most men do not even know who these women are. It’s ridiculous that men have to see women naked in order to recognize them for their accomplishments and skill. This reciprocal relationship is just like de Beauvoir describes. Women are the Other sex. They are serving men, through the media and through their attempt at “empowering” others.

  10. Isabella Comstock says:

    I agree with Sam as well. This is a portrayal of a woman’s body that you do not normally see on or in a magazine (but i don’t read sport magazines so i don’t know if nude muscular women are all over them). I think it is refreshing to see a healthy thin body revealed like this rather than an emaciated body with really expensive clothing on it.
    Also, the sexuality aspect of it….our society is one that thrives on and loves sexuality – it is in our movies, on tv, in ads, in magazines, etc, etc. We are around it all the time in so many aspects of daily life…so why should athletes be criticized for taking part in it? To deny them participation in anything sexual is confusing. an athlete, male or female, can be sexual – why not? if we feel that it discredits them as athletes why are we saying this? it doesn’t discredit a singer to pose nude like that (even a singer that isn’t a pop star and usually parading around naked anyway). If we are going to make it acceptable for some people to be sexualized and exclude others from such an image – should they choose to participate – is not legitimate and seems hypocritical of us as people who support equal rights and equal opportunities for all.

  11. Brooke says:

    I don’t really know where I rest with this issue… I have arguments for both sides… I guess in the end it really doesn’t bother me either way.

    First, I have seen both male and female athletes in pictures like this. I think the depictions of both are interesting. The nude male pictures are seen as masculine, strong, macho, really anything related to these words. The nude female pictures are feminine, strong, but also more or less cute. The poses are also interesting to look at… If you google images ESPN body issue all of the poses come up. Its interesting to see that the male pictures are active, flexing and typically not just posing/standing. The female pictures usually have them laying down, standing, sitting, ect. I think that in itself kinda opens a can of worms for me. I don’t really take issue with female athletes doing these nude pictures but the depictions I have an issue with.

    Secondly, I am fascinated with muscles so I think these pictures are cool because you get to see these athletes with their own bodies, the bodies they work for 24hrs a day. It is a nice recognition, in my opinion.

    Lastly, I get where people are coming from that female athletes shouldn’t have to show skin to be recognized, that this is sexualizing them. I agree with that but I also don’t take issue with it. I think ESPN is more or less an adult geared magazine so in theory children wouldn’t be grabbing this to read. However, these pictures do also send out the message that in the end of the day its not your skills that matter, but your looks, which definatley should not be the case.

  12. Katie Smith says:

    I have to agree with many of the posts above when they say that this shoot gave these extraordinary female athletes the chance to show themselves in a different light. It is important to realize that these females chose to let these pictures get published, it wasn’t like they were leaked. I think that these images empower the athletes. They are celebrating their bodies (ones that they have worked VERY HARD FOR) and showing a more sexual side to themselves. It is true that many professional (or “celebratized”) female athletes tend to be viewed in a more masculine light. These photos allowed men and women alike to see them as the sexual beings that they are. Many times when we see nude photos of women they are stick thin or surgically enhanced. However, these women are toned and muscular, showing that different body types than those in Playboy or Victorias Secret are just as beautiful. These women are role models to many younger girls, showing that confidence and talent is just as sexy and beautiful as massive boobs and teensy waists.

  13. Nick B says:

    This issue has already been discussed a great deal and I think that there are many good points. I think that it is first important to reiterate that it is not only women that are often posted on these covers naked or without a shirt. I still remember seeing images of the magazine with amazing male athletes on the cover shirtless. There is definitely a desire in this country to look like these people for men and women. They are incredible athletes that have pushed their bodies to unbelievable lengths. To be honest I really don’t think I have a problem with anyone getting naked on these magazines if that is what they want. I cannot imagine it is something that is easy to do and I think it takes an extreme amount of courage. What is interesting are the differences that exist between what a men’s body and women’s athletic build is supposed to be. Male athletes are always pictured as muscly and big, and female athletes are pictured as thin and lean. I think that says a lot about what people often conceive as the differences in the men and women sports; physicality, size, and strength. People often say that the female sports are boring because they lack the speed and physical nature of the men’s games and I think that images of the body represent that issue.

  14. Amaury Ramirez says:

    OK. Morgan, I see what you are saying. Once they reach complete stardom within the followers of the sport, then they must attain fame in other aspects. I agree with you. But I must warn you, what I am going to say next isn’t too nice. Since women sports don’t have a big fan base like men’s sports do, there is a lot less money for players to make. There are only a few women athletes who are famous enough to get “good” endorsements. But very attractive women-athletes can get very good checks for taking clothes nearly naked. These women are not forced to do this, they have to make the decision. Society has made it clear that watching women almost naked is what they want and therefore, the media’s job is to have things that the public enjoys.

    Is this right?

    I don’t know. Who am I, or anyone else, going to tell someone that it isn’t right that they take naked pictures? They have the right to maximize off of their celebrity status. I know it seems like I am totally against Morgan’s post, but it isn’t so. This is brilliant: “If I became a famous athlete who knows what I would do if this opportunity presented itself. But I know it definitely seems like these pictures are saying “forget I am a good athlete, I look hot.’” I really appreciate that Morgan understands how different it is from being in the position to writing about it as we are. It is easy to criticize someone from a chair in the library.

  15. Allison May says:

    I am really happy this post was made, simply because I feel like I’ve wanted to say something about this for a long time. First, let me take the time to rant a little. When I picked up an issue of “Outside” magazine this summer, I saw that there was a special article about female athletes. There was a marathon runner, a mountain climber and a surfer. These were pretty badass women, right? Not how they were pictured! I mean, yeah, I have no problem seeing their rockhard abs, but their hair flowing everywhere and their eyes painted with liner and mascara? Nope. This goes to show that yeah, a female can be an athlete, but she has to be a HOT athlete….or atleast magazines have to make her look that way. I guess that I also have a problem going to the gym here on campus. Why do some girls feel the need to wear skimpy clothes, tons of makeup…the whole nine yards, to work out?! First of all, when you wear makeup and sweat, do you know how bad that is for your skin? Breakout central. Second of all, who cares what you look like when you’re working out? I like giant baggy tee-shirts and shorts that don’t ride up every 5 seconds when I am on the treadmill. I like to be comfy. Is that a crime?

    I guess all I am trying to say is that yeah, these women are beautiful…but they can be beautiful with clothes on. Like the women featured in this post and the women I saw in “Outside” this summer? They look beautiful when they are participating in their respective sports just the way they are. I guess I am just pissed about the meaning of the word “beautiful” when it comes to women in today’s society, especially for women in the athletic world.

  16. Michael Kane says:

    I completely understand many of the comments about why women resort to this as an option for attention. It would be very interesting to see if the women celebrated in this issue match up with the women who are written about in their more mainstream issues throughout the year. I question whether ESPN would have featured Diana Turasi on the cover of the magazine in typical sporting circumstances.
    It is sad that ESPN has chosen to use this means to contend with Sports Illustrated’s “Swimsuit Issue”. Taking athletes who pride themselves as sports figure and role models should not be cast in the light of nude models, it sets precedents for young men and women for what is acceptable and does little to give these kids something positive to look up too.
    It must also be mentioned that much of the issue that arises from this portrayal is not that these are athletes posing nude, but role models. I see no reason why an athlete posing something immoral or shallow in posing nude, its a personal choice and one that cannot be critiqued. However, the issue arises in the fact that they are role models whether they want to be or not. I think athletes should consider what impact they will have on their fans and young admirers before making decisions such as this.

  17. kelly olney says:

    Unfortunately, female athletics are not very popular in the Untied States or even the rest of the world. They follow in the shadows of men. Without the popularity, these women will not see much money without having many fans. Female athletes do not make even close to what male athletes make in salaries. So when money comes into play these athletes take the bait. These female athletes that have posed in the nude for the cover a magazines are a great example of how money comes into play. Money is the motive for those in the struggle.

  18. theonlinevoiceblog says:

    Like a previous comment said, the nude picture of Diana Taurasi or of any other male or female athlete doesn’t change my opinion about the athlete at all. First of all, it’s their prerogative if they want to pose naked for a photograph, and no one can tell them that they can’t. In addition, I don’t think it says anything about their ability to be a role model. Having a naked picture in a magazine doesn’t mean the athlete is promiscuous; it only means that the athlete is able to express themselves in a different way and they are comfortable with their body.
    I think the question here is whether female athletes feel pressured to pose naked for money or to increase their fame. I would say that this should not be an issue for any famous female athlete. While a good deal of famous female athletes have chosen to pose nude (or in a bikini) for a photo shoot, just as many (if not more) have chosen to keep their close on, allowing their performance on the field/court to create their image. Of course, female athletes should not be pressured to pose nude in order to increase their popularity, but I do not believe this is a problem. Such female athletes as Mia Hamm have become incredibly well-respected and famous by letting their athletic performance speak for itself. Therefore, I don’t think it should be an issue for female athletes to pose naked as long as they are not feeling pressured into doing so. It’s their image and their life, and if they do decide to pose nude, I don’t think it eliminates their ability to be a positive role model. But it does change their public image a bit.

  19. Dan Dechert says:

    I am going to have to agree with both Kyle and Sam in this situation because although a case can be made for female athletes being forced into sexualizing themselves in order to enhance marketability, this is not one of those cases. I have seen this entire magazine issue and it celebrates the bodies of various athletes in numerous sports, both male and female. I see those images of strong, athletic women as empowering and something for women to be prideful of and celebrate. Let’s face it; the images of these two athletes are not nearly as much about being sexualized as it is about showing the power and strength of their athletic physiques. If these same images were to be found in something like Playboy, or even in a sporting magazine only consisting of female athletes, than they would and should be interpreted differently. Example being, these pictures do not attempt to separate these women from sport and simply make them sexual figures, which is why these pictures are done in good taste. My main message is from this is that ESPN the Magazine create these photos in a strong, empowering way, while pictures of female athletes like Anna Kornakova in Playboy can be seen as demeaning

  20. Allison says:

    I agree to an extent with many posts above that there is this notion that sexualization is becoming the only way to attract an audience. It seems strange that these strong female athletes expose themselves to vulnerability by posing nude on magazine covers. However, so many other female stars do this without getting extreme criticism, because it is something that we have become accustomed to. It seems from posts above that because these women are athletes, they should be held to higher standards. I think whether you are an actress, a model, or an athlete you should have the right to choose what you want to do, and if posing nude is something that you are willing to partake in, then maybe that is just showing these women are strong and confident in a different way than on the screen or on the field. Carrie and Kyle both discuss that maybe these photoshoots aren’t meant to be in just a sexualized way, but showing the perfections of an athletes body, which is a more positive way of looking at it. Nonetheless, the magazine is still trying to sell copies, and especially because most of the reader’s are men athletes, having a woman athlete on the cover is going to spark an interest in buying the issue.

  21. Gian Contro says:

    I would have to agree with Kyle and DD on this issue. The purpose of this issue was not a pornographic one. There was a portion of E60, a sports show, which discussed the photo shoot. The purpose was to show the powerful and sculpted bodies that these athletes have made for themselves. In the athletic community someone who is ripped is usually admired and the purpose of this issue was to show to the public what these athletes have achieved. You can ask how far is too far but I don’t see that it applies here because the focus was how these bodies have been manipulated into physical perfection. For example there was an exhibit in New York City which I visited titled Bodies. These were actual human bodies that were either whole or had skin removed to show how the body is made up and how different muscles, bone, and tendon work. There were female bodies on display but for the purpose of science would you say that is too far?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I feel that these women accept these offers of nudity; one for the money, two they are proud of there bodies, and three it is publicity. The famous female athletes that get naked do it because they have worked hard for those bodies. Being that I am a collegiate athlete I know how hard me and my teammates work and the pay off is playing well and winning. However an unforeseen benefit is the change of our bodies. The physical change of dropping fat and adding muscle is quite exciting. You get to see your body literally melt the fat off. this causes a surge of excitement and a feeling of pride. This in it self is what motivates non athletes to work out. Right? I don’t understand the big deal about athletes showing off their bodies to show how hard they do work to look the way that they do. Especially with the ESPN skins issued to show the athletic bodies of today’s top competitors. This issue is not to sexualize these athletes. although they are naked it is used to show the athletes hard work.

  23. Andrew Zdrojewski says:

    After reading this blog and the following comments I have to agree with the replies by people like Kyle and Dan. Like them I also have seen the body issue of ESPN the magazine and I have not seen anything that I would consider to be offensive. The pictures in this magazine issue are to try and show the magazines readers just how incredible the body of a professional athlete can be. I do not believe that men who are fans of a women athlete would really buy this issue of a magazine for sexually based reasons. The pictures do not show any pictures that would reveal too much, I do not believe they are intending to bring attention to the sexuality of the bodies of the men or female except they are trying to draw attention to how the bodies of athletes are so in shape. In Taurasi’s picture on the cover there is no frontal shots which draw attention to those parts of her body, or even a shot behind which would then draw attention to that part of her body. Instead, she is in a position in which she seems to be flexing her arm which makes her muscle stand out in this particular picture. Though she is clearly naked in this photo there is nothing about it that I would deem inappropriate. Also going back to what Kyle said about how males are in this edition also I find it unfair that Taurasi’s role as a role model in challenged because she is a role model for little girls where as the males like Adrian Peterson, or Dwight Howard roles are not even discussed even though they took naked pictures as well. If a women athlete wants to try and show off the body she has worked so hard she should be able to do so without the worry of not being a role model.

  24. Katie York says:

    I agree with you that its kind of sad that these athletes let the media reconstruct their image and in a way change for what they stand for. Out of all the famous woman in our country today, woman athletes are one of the only ones who are not completely concerned about their looks and our famous purely because of their talent. I feel like they are the ones that make women more powerful and prove that a woman can be equally or more athletic as guys. However, when they do things like this, posing naked for magazines it kind of takes away their power because nudity is viewed as sexual and vulnerable. When they are portrayed in this way it kind of takes away from what they represent because they once again become an object for guys affection.

  25. Allan Lindh says:

    One of my favorite moments as a girls soccer coach was when the high school football team came over after practice to watch the end of a women’s soccer match. One of the guys standing behind the bench was heard to comment, “It’s not fair, all the good looking girls are playing soccer now — we don’t have any good looking cheer leaders anymore.” This is not anecdotal, I heard it myself.

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