If you follow our work, you know what we hate more than anything: objectifying, dehumanizing, sexist 💩 being repackaged as empowerment! And Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue pops up every year to fire us up.
✖️In addition to the young, thin, surgically and digitally augmented bodies SI has always featured in this issue, the leading sports magazine now deems some "plus size" bodies as worthy of objectification. This year, it’s even allowing a woman with a burkini and hijab in there! We may even see a wider range of skin tones! Many people are praising the magazine for this revolutionary step toward empowerment for women who haven't been seen as sexy before, but we see nothing to cheer about. Representation is awesome, but NOT there.
✖️ A men’s sports magazine allowing new female bodies in its sexy swimsuit issue is NOT a sign of progress for women. 🤯 If your idea of empowerment is indistinguishable from the sexist objectification that has always been used to devalue and degrade women, it might not be all that revolutionary. 🤯 If we want women to be valued as equals to men, we can’t cheer for their objectification — no matter how they look. We can’t cheer for their inclusion in a demeaning magazine even if they’re clothed, either. Individually and collectively, women’s progress is damaged by being valued as bodies alone.
✖️Expanding the boundaries for which bodies qualify to be objectified does not translate into actual empowerment for women. Objectification reduces us to parts, silences us, and turns us into objects to be viewed and consumed. Just as boys and men learn to view and value women primarily for our looks and sexual appeal, girls and women learn to view and evaluate ourselves in the same terms, through the same outside perspective. We monitor our bodies, consciously and unconsciously working to adjust our appearances to be most appealing to onlookers.
✖️Objectification hurts us. It always has. Only now, we’ve learned to claim it as our own and fight for our own scraps of “power” in this system that values our bodies at the expense of our humanity. No need to cheer for SI. We’re not buying it. #beautyredefined#morethanabody#seemorebemore
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Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. 🖤
Jasmine Sanders deserves a seat on my wall of fame, in all honesty. To those of you who know me, this isn’t news but I’ll explain. I was 14 years old when I became obsessed with magazines, I had every wall in my room covered from top to bottom in cut outs/ articles and crazy dreams of become a magazine editor one day. Jasmine was a local model in my state and I started following her come up when I was in 10th grade. The first time she got a page in Teen Vogue I had it laminated. The obsession is deep. A queen. I was blessed enough to been on her set the other day and I’m just here to say I’m so thankful for the opportunity. I’ve been walking into rooms with more and more people I look up too lately and I can not even begin to explain the feeling to you guys. #siswim#siswimsuit
Blessings, and until next time. ✨