ESPN has continued its tradition of celebrating athletes' hard work, discipline and focus in its latest annual Body Issue this month, with a host more famous sporting faces performing the actions of their respective sports nude. The artful images have a body positive message amid harmful scandals over "revealing" gymnastic outfitsand come accompanied with a quote from each athlete about their approach to their discipline. I was really looking forward to the playoffs.
SinceESPN has published "The Body Issue"on a yearly basis, a magazine in which athletes pose naked or mostly naked so that everyone can feel just a bit worse about their own bloated, couch-ridden existence. The purpose of the issue is not actually that, its really aimed at demonstrating what some of nature's most finely tuned machine look like. Athletes from both genders, who play sports across the spectrum from NFL to the Paralympics are in these issues, usually handling the objects of their game, but sometimes just awkwardly standing in a field or on a beach.
I just said that for effect. Consider it a salute, my way of showing solidarity with Jenny Thompson and Brandi Chastain and other female athletes who have bared themselves lately, to the utter panic of certain sports prudes and creaking, old-school feminists. First, there was Chastain nude behind a soccer ball for Gear magazine, and now everywhere we look female athletes are romping through the pages of magazines unclothed.
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Originally conceived as a way to perk up flagging print sales for the magazine inthe Body Issue has been a wild financial success and its multiple covers, thoughtful interviews about bodily acceptance, and pictures of athletes holding equipment over their junk have become an annual tradition. Throughout its six years on newsstands, the Body Issue has been a magnet for controversy, as well — fielding criticisms that the magazine's pictures undermine the achievements of athletes by shooting them in provocative and often inactive poses, and that the magazine's portraits don't depict the real diversity of athletic bodies out there. Though there's some truth to both criticisms especially in past years, when female athletes were mostly shown in passive posesthe Body Issue is still quite notable for its focus on athletes speaking candidly about their bodies — particularly female athletes who, through the six Body Issues, talk again and again about their struggles, and eventual successes, in loving their bodies.
United States WWE superstar and former women's champion and actress Ronda Rousey posed nude and covered in just body paint for Swimsuit Illustrated magazine. American alpine skiist Lindsey Vonn appeared in nothing but body paint for Sports Illustrated magazine. Radwanska was excluded from a Catholic movement in Poland following her dare bare act.
For the last decade ESPN Magazine has been convincing some of the world's most elite athletes from a to shed their uniforms—and everything else—for its annual Body Issue. The issue has become an anticipated reveal for sports and photography fans alike. Karen Frank: It is pretty much a year round thing.
Since the early 20 th century, the feminist movement has made enormous strides to improve the status of female athletes. Society also largely ignored and discriminated against female athletes, portraying them as masculine and homosexual and further deterring women from participating in sports. After noticing these problems, feminists attempted to reverse these trends and produce better opportunities for female athletes.
Formerly dominated by men, the field of sport has changed drastically since the entrance of female athletes into the world of organized sports. Numerous studies have shown that female athletes are routinely ignored, or only provided with a fraction of the coverage afforded to male sports. Even in the case where they do receive substantial coverage, these women are often trivialized and portrayed as inferior.