This week’s (shorter) digest comes today because on Saturday I will be at the LVAIC Women’s Studies Conference watching four Kutztown students restore my faith in humanity.
February means the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on their link if you want to vote for their “Rookie of the Year.” And you probably won’t want to return to this blog post. I had a lot to say about 2014’s issue in a blog post that still holds the title for most hits in my blogging history. Librarian Roz Warren writes about how the issues always get stolen within 24 hours of landing on the shelves. Sticky fingers lead to…well, sticky something.
Jennifer Weiner took a break from her Twitter war with Jonathan Franzen to write a sharp piece about the SI issue for the New York Times. She doesn’t say much new: this week in Women’s and Gender Studies, we are reading Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, and Weiner’s piece has been said before. However, what I liked about her essay and why I immediately sent it to my students is that in it she talks about how we have another new thing to hate about our bodies: “This year, the hot new body part is the formerly unnoticed span of flesh between the top of one’s panties and the labia majora, currently displayed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition by the model Hannah Davis.” Here we are again, adding new parts to hate. And no new parts to love. My part that I am now supposed to monitor is covered with a butterfly tattoo and a C-section scar, mementos of my 20’s and 30’s respectively. I wonder what my 40’s will bring to this new part that I don’t show the world but get to hate all the same.
And once again, satirists do the work I need weeks to do in a matter of minutes. I guffawed while watching and then couldn’t wait to share John Oliver’s pitch perfect take down of the SI issue in this weekly segment, “How Is This Still A Thing?” I give you three minutes of sheer genius. I think the world is heading in the right direction. At least for three minutes.