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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

how many things are wrong with Sports Illustrated’s Barbie swimsuit cover?

The magazine that long ago decided that ogling women in skimpy swimsuits counts as a sport has found a new way to reduce women to objects:

sibarbie

That is the real a promotional alternative cover for Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, out next week.

Just two of the kinds of awful this encompasses:

• a Barbie doll is interchangeable with an actual human woman
• a children’s toy has been sexed up

How many others can you come up with? It’s fun, try it!

Think SI will put a Ken doll on the cover of an upcoming issue, as stand-in for a male human being? No, me neither.

Via The New York Times.


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