Wendy @families in the loop complains:
I typically don’t get into the Should Women Pose Nude debate because frankly, I’ve got better things to do than duke it out over whether nudity is exploitative, Americans are too provincial, or I’m an oversensitive feminist. Plus, after you’ve pushed a baby out of your vagina in front of a bunch of strangers and whipped out a breast or two to nurse her at the Cheesecake Factory, you just don’t see nakedness the same way.
So despite my ambivalence, or maybe because of it, I find the U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball team’s decision to pose sans clothes in ESPN magazine to be pretty stupid. If they want to be appreciated for all of their hard work and show how that dedication has impacted their bodies, how about pictures of, um… let me think about it here…. this is a tough one… them playing volleyball? Working out at the gym? How about doing anything other than sitting uncomfortably with their arms, legs and hair hiding their breasts and genitalia?
IIRC, it wasn't long after she became well known that Danica Patrick posed in a bikini while stretched across the hood of a car. I suppose women agree to pose for these photos because they're paid well and because doing so might also increase their price for further advertising and endorsements, but I'm not thrilled to see how routine this kind of thing has become. The attitude seems to be: okay, she's really athletic, now how can we get her out of her clothes?