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Friday, February 25, 2005

We know it's not a sport

I just got my Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition a couple of days ago, I am a subscriber to SI. And I have to say that I have yet to go through the whole thing. To me the SI swimsuit edition is not a big deal and in fact is not even my favorite issue of SI. However one of my favorite issues will be coming out in a couple of weeks. I do not know what the cover story will be, but in the letters to the editor section there will be several letters about the swimsuit edition. These letters will range from:

Why do you have this issue, it's not about sports
This issue degrades women
This issue is pornographic

And at the end of some of these letters, these folks will cancel their subscription. I can't believe that SI still gets these letters; the swimsuit edition is over 25 years old. It's not like folks don't know it's coming every year, same bat time, same bat channel. And yet every year SI gets letters from "outraged" readers.

Here's an idea for those who don't like the swimsuit edition, throw it away when it comes. No one is forcing you to read it. If you did not like it before, chances are you are not going to like it the next time.

Why is it in our society today, do we feel that just because we do not like something that means that it should be stopped? We like to spout off about freedom in this country so go ahead and exercise your freedom of choice. Turn the channel, change the station or throw the edition away. No one is forcing you to read it. So go ahead and give your constitutional rights a workout, or contact me and I will let you know how to forward me your swimsuit edition.


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