Examples Of Sexism In Magazines

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Sexism in Magazines. With magazines now mimicking music and television by objectifying women, it is becoming typical to see nude or topless women inside or on the cover of magazines. For most people, when they think thing of sexism in magazines, Playboy comes to mind. Playboy is a men’s entertainment magazine, renowned for its display on scantily-clad women. Although this objectification of women is merely “light-hearted” entertainment for men, it should be taken so lightly. The Des Moines Register accuses Playboy of giving men, “permission to view and treat women as sex objects on a whole new level. It makes women see themselves that way too, breeding insecurity and limiting ambitions. That has helped fuel eating disorders and enrich the plastic …show more content…
It is true; although it may come across odd that a magazine about (mostly male) sports and athletes includes a swimsuit edition, this issue is usually the best-selling issue of the year. CNN discloses that, “a woman is more likely to end up on the cover of Sports Illustrated for her ability to look amazing in a bikini than for her accomplishments as an athlete”. This statement does appear correct. In 2015, only three issues out of the regular 82 Sports Illustrated issues featured women on the cover. However, women have been on the cover of the swimsuit edition every year since the magazine came out. And often times, these issues show women as nude, almost nude, or in suggestive positions. Last year’s swimsuit edition cover featured three topless women. This year’s cover also sparked some controversy. CNN writes, “in the photo, model, Hannah Davis eager pulls down her bikini bottom and thrusts forward her pelvis in a way that 's clearly meant to draw the eye to that very spot between her legs -- far more so than her eyes, or even her breasts. It 's an invitation to picture her naked, and more. And in case there was any ambiguity of what the image is supposed to evoke, there 's the clever cover line that begins: ‘Hannah Davis Goes Down South. ...’ It is explicitly explicit, and as such impossible not to view it as intending to reduce women to billboards and sex objects. Claiming to portray Davis this way in the name of ‘celebrating the female form’ is a lie balder than her nether region”. The article continues by asking, “Why are men so rarely offered up as objects to behold?” If pictures of these scantily-clad women are not meant to objectify them, but purely for the enjoyment of males, why is there not a similar issue for women of male models? Why are there so many of these types of entertainment magazines for men but not

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