Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hed news offlead herey and herey and herey

Lindsey Vonn's appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Olympic preview edition for the United States got a lot of attention after the wide circulation of a critical blog post by Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports at the University of Minnesota.

"When females are featured on the cover of SI," LaVoi wrote, "they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action — and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception."

The majority of the reaction to the post has been critical of LaVoi. It has been pointed out that Vonn is wearing the outfit she competes in and is in a traditional skiing position. In followup posts, LaVoi elaborated on her feelings, saying among other things that ski stance or not, the photo is still posed and Vonn isn't in her complete uniform because she isn't wearing a helmet.

"Picture a male ski racer in a similar pose on the cover of SI, smiling at the camera. Would we see that?" she wrote.

(Responses to that comment have pointed out that SI's Canadian preview issue has on the cover the Pittsburgh Penguins' and Team Canada's Sidney Crosby in a posed shot, in uniform except for his helmet, in a faceoff stance, head up and smiling at the camera.)

LaVoi re-entered the fray Tuesday when SI announced that Vonn is one of three U.S. female Olympians in this year's swimsuit issue (the others are snowboarder Hannah Teter and freestyle skier Lacy Schnoor) and posted photos from the issue on its Web site.

"The critique here is the same," LaVoi wrote. "Arguably, the Vonn SI cover can be interpreted (or not) as sexualized, but these images are clearly sexualizing in nature and tone."

Times staff, wires

Hed news offlead herey and herey and herey 02/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Deadliest Catch' captain talks reality TV, Snoop Dogg and Tampa Bay

    Outdoors

    Keith Colburn is best known as captain of the Wizard on the Discovery Network series Deadliest Catch. Colburn and crew go to battle in the Bering Sea working one of the deadliest jobs in America. A seasoned veteran, Keith has filmed 11 seasons of the show and is still going strong with his relief captain …

    Captain Keith Colburn is seen in this undated photo courtesy of the Discovery Channel. Courtesy of the Discovery Channel
  2. HomeTeam 100: Players 51-60

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA - Wharton defensive back AJ Hampton will help lead the Wildcats into the 2017 season. Taken 7-6-17 by Scott Purks
  3. Rays series preview: Who are the Rangers?

    Blogs

    The road trip is done, but the Rays will still face a western team, as they tasks on the Rangers in a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Here's the information you need to know about Texas before the action kicks off.

    Record: 45-50, fourth in AL West

    Starter Tyson Ross, left, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, have struggled immensely this season.
  4. Checklist to help Bucs swagger into the postseason

    Bucs

    To boost their playoff prospects, the Bucs need to beat Atlanta at least once, as they did last year. Twice would be even nicer. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  5. Baddest of them all? Steelers LB James Harrison, hands down

    Bucs

    "No badass list is complete - or should begin anywhere else other than with - James Harrison," says Eric Edholm, an NFL writer who has worked at Yahoo Sports. (Associated Press)