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Lexi Thompson's Topless Golf Digest Cover  

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  1. 1. What do you think of Lexi's cover?

    • I have daughters - this is not right!
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    • She's an incredibly fit athlete - don't overanalyze
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    • All that's missing are the bunny ears
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    • Don't care either way, I read Golf Digest for the articles
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    • Yeah baby!
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This is blowing up Twitter this morning...

 

 

Keeping the jokes aside, what are your thoughts on this cover shot? What kind of a message does it send about the LPGA or about Lexi? Did she need to do this? Did GD need to do this? Or are we overthinking it?

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To me this comes down to how would we react if this was Tiger showing his physique at the peak of his prime? I think we'd snicker a bit about Golf Digest looking like Men's Health, but would we be offended? Of course not. Not remotely. Any response other than that I would argue is blatantly and offensively sexist.

 

That said, I don't even necessarily read this as SEXUAL. She's not doing come hither. She's not giving the duckface. She's showing a very fit body. If anything this says to me: Golf is about being fit and strong and powerful. To me that's exactly the message I would want to send to my daughter. If she works on at the game, and builds her body, she can be as good as most men when it comes to the sport. Period.

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As a side note, I'm barely restraining myself from working over @golfgawd on twitter for being a nincompoop. 

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To me this comes down to how would we react if this was Tiger showing his physique at the peak of his prime? I think we'd snicker a bit about Golf Digest looking like Men's Health, but would we be offended? Of course not. Not remotely. Any response other than that I would argue is blatantly and offensively sexist.

 

That said, I don't even necessarily read this as SEXUAL. She's not doing come hither. She's not giving the duckface. She's showing a very fit body. If anything this says to me: Golf is about being fit and strong and powerful. To me that's exactly the message I would want to send to my daughter. If she works on at the game, and builds her body, she can be as good as most men when it comes to the sport. Period.

Of course that picture is about sex. You can show a fit body without taking clothes off. That picture isn't about fitness. It's about being provocative and grabbing guys attention on the news stand.
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Of course that picture is about sex. You can show a fit body without taking clothes off. That picture isn't about fitness. It's about being provocative and grabbing guys attention on the news stand.

That's what YOU see. What would a fourteen year old girl see? This isn't about your reaction as a man.

 

It's about the reaction of a woman to it. She sees someone LIKE HER on the cover of a major magazine showing her physique in a non-sexual way. How is there anything negative about that?

 

If this was about "sex sells" they did a pretty piss poor job because I'm not terribly aroused by it.

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Of course that picture is about sex. You can show a fit body without taking clothes off. That picture isn't about fitness. It's about being provocative and grabbing guys attention on the news stand.

 

 

That's what YOU see. What would a fourteen year old girl see? This isn't about your reaction as a man.

 

It's about the reaction of a woman to it. She sees someone LIKE HER on the cover of a major magazine showing her physique in a non-sexual way. How is there anything negative about that?

 

If this was about "sex sells" they did a pretty piss poor job because I'm not terribly aroused by it.

Gotta side with Blade on this one.

 

How many 14 year old girls do you see buying golf magazines?  They are playing to their audience.

 

I can think of a 100 other ways to show off her physique without putting a tower over her neck and showing off some side boob.

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Gotta side with Blade on this one.

 

How many 14 year old girls do you see buying golf magazines?  They are playing to their audience.

 

I can think of a 100 other ways to show off her physique without putting a tower over her neck and showing off some side boob.

 

If this were a man without his shirt on, showing off his guns, you wouldn't be saying the same thing. You be saying it was stupid, but you wouldn't be accusing the magazine of being shameless. Nor would some dude be decrying on twitter that his "little boys" are going to get the wrong idea about golf now.

 

And by you I don't mean YOU, I mean the nebulous you who is getting upset about it.

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If this were a man without his shirt on, showing off his guns, you wouldn't be saying the same thing. You be saying it was stupid, but you wouldn't be accusing the magazine of being shameless. Nor would some dude be decrying on twitter that his "little boys" are going to get the wrong idea about golf now.

I don't disagree with that.  But in our society we have a social norm that it is OK for men to be shirtless and not women.  I'm not saying thats right or wrong, but it's the world we live in.

 

Ask a 14 year old boy what he see's in that picture, guarantee the answer is boobs.

 

I'm also not saying I think the picture is wrong in any way.  Lexi deserves to show off the physique she has worked hard to achieve.  But if you think GD put that picture on the cover for any reason other than they think it will sell more magazines I've got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

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I don't disagree with that.  But in our society we have a social norm that it is OK for men to be shirtless and not women.  I'm not saying thats right or wrong, but it's the world we live in.

 

Ask a 14 year old boy what he see's in that picture, guarantee the answer is boobs.

 

I'm also not saying I think the picture is wrong in any way.  Lexi deserves to show off the physique she has worked hard to achieve.  But if you think GD put that picture on the cover for any reason other than they think it will sell more magazines I've got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Oh 100% from a marketing perspective. They're appealing to their demographic. I just think accusing them of "sending the wrong message to little girls" is absurd.

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Demographic or not.....I just don't think this type of photography (male or female) should be on the cover of the sort's premier magazine.

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Clearly, you guys don't remember the discussion a couple of years ago...

 

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This, right here, is my next profile pic.

 

I could do that pose, but it'd be way more body hair than you'd think is normal.  Think aging Chewbacca...

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I could do that pose, but it'd be way more body hair than you'd think is normal. Think aging Chewbacca...

With a turban again?

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I could do that pose, but it'd be way more body hair than you'd think is normal.  Think aging Chewbacca...

I'd prefer not to Barb But thanks for the offer lol

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Personally I think this is the closest they could do to the old Bo Jackson pic. That's the first thing I thought of when I saw this. Sure it appeals to men but if they are trying to be very sexual then they did a piss poor job. Lexi feels empowered by it and it does absolutely zero to affect the game negatively to young girls. Hell maybe it even helps girls see that they can play golf and not come off as frumpy and unattractive. I don't have any issue with it. Good for her for putting in the time btw. 3748978952_71f171d668.jpg

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Little over the top, but they have to do somethings they would never do to sell copies. On-line is killing them!

 

She looks good!

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Is there a valid reason why she had to have her shirt off? Couldn't her level of fitness be displayed while being clothed? It doesn't really bother me.... I just think it was unneccessary.

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