The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and the plague of pornography
Sports Illustrated recently released its annual swimsuit edition. This publication has grown more controversial over the years as its swimsuits have gotten smaller and are often missing altogether. The issue has been called the "annual celebration of female objectification and the heterosexual male gaze." In other words, lust.
It has been noted that across the 57 years Sports Illustrated has been published, a woman appears on the cover of a non-swimsuit issue just over once a year, on average. When the 2011 edition came out, Sherri Shepherd of The View called it "Christian Playboy," referring to the fact that most Christians would not subscribe to Playboy but many would consume the SI issue lustfully. Whoopi Goldberg responded, "I don't think this is Christian anything."
Their debate raises an important question: just what is pornography? After we address that issue, we'll look at a few other myths and questions about this destructive plague.