The headlines are popping out everywhere - NUDE Olympians... LIVE! NUDE! OLYMPIANS?... Put Some Clothes on Olympians, etc.
ESPN Magazine did a photo shoot with the U.S. Women's Indoor Volleyball Team in order to show the results of their intense training. The issue will come out on the newsstands Friday and is creating quite the controversy.
It's no secret that I tend to be on the conservative side for these type of issues, but I'm really torn on this one. On the one hand the athletes have worked so hard and they have sculpted amazing bodies - why not show them off? After all, the first Olympics were actually performed in the nude.
On the other hand, are the men posing nude? Can women be celebrated for their accomplishments without being completely nude? Isn't this another form of objectification?
The reason I am leaning toward supporting these photos is because although the Men's volleyball team isn't posing, there are nude men in this particular issue. It is the Body edition and a number of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes are strutting their stuff. There are a total of 27 athletes representing a variety of the sports.
Many of the tabloids are just saying the women are posing and isn't it a shame that women have to resort to that in order to get attention. Well that's not really the whole story since it's really about athletes. Not men or women.
They all look amazing, and shockingly I have to say I am completely impressed instead of being mortified. Now when one of my own budding Olympians want to pose when the time comes, I reserve the right to reverse my support.