(By Baxie) The human body is a disgusting petri-dish of toxic fluids, infectious bacteria, and unsightly imperfections. Half the time, I can’t stand looking at the human body. On the other hand, I also can’t stand looking at magazines. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time that I’ve even bother to look at one. I won’t even look at the “out of date” magazines in my doctor’s office. And yet, there are still some publishers that insist on combining the horrifying optics of human the body with magazine publishing. The result of which are to push the sexualization of the human body and combine it with a $143 annual subscription rate.
In just 9 days ESPN Magazine (which almost nobody reads) will release their 10th annual Body Issue in which more than 16 professional athletes will pose tastefully naked in a series of provocative poses meant to titillate and objectify their sexuality despite the “Me Too” atmosphere that has so dominated the headlines of other magazines that nobody bothers to read. The list of naked athletes includes: Saquan Barkley of the NY Giants, figure skater Adam Rippon, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, Chrystal Dunn of the US National soccer team, Charlotte Flair of the WWE, and several others.
Folks, as a red blooded American male who would rather spend his money on something else, I must tell you that if I really must look at the naked human body, I can do it for free on the internet. And I can see all the various bits and pieces that will be mysteriously covered up in the Body Issue. I do not need to see professional athletes naked. I do not need to be titillated by anything provided to me by ESPN. Did I ever have the urge to see Chris Berman or Charlie Steiner in provocative nude poses? No, I did not. Do I want to see peek-a-boo shots of Lee Corso and Tony Kornheiser? Not if it’s going to cost me $9 and issue I don’t! I’m not even sure that I want the public scrutiny of looking at pictures of Hannah Storm or Suzy Kolber anymore! And that’s really saying something! So why would I want to look at anybody else? Simply put…I don’t.