Photo by Ben Watts/Sports Illustrated
Parents tell their children that it is what is inside them that counts:
their compassion, their sense of humor, their courage.
Then, they see covers like the above,
and they see what the world really values:
"Don’t think about what lies underneath, just focus on appearance. Being sexy is what’s valuable."
Research tells us that when young boys see women in this way,
they begin to think of girls and women as objects
instead of complex people with whom they can develop mutual relationships.
Children are wet cement:
striking images make deep impressions that harden over time and repeated exposure.
But we can't lecture: that turns children off.
Saying that SI cover girl Davis is a former Caribbean National Tennis Team champ,
and was valedictorian of her high school class will mean little.
They see for what she is valued.
Children respect honesty.
You might say:
"These sexy photos are a campaign to make money
and you are going to have to make a decision
about whether such images value people’s feelings and self worth.
And if you want to put money into the pockets of those who use girls as objects."
WHAT DO YOU THINK?