Timed Finals cites a "reliable source" in announcing that three-time Olympian and seven-time medalist Amanda Beard will be posing nude in Playboy next month. In case there's been some confusion about site policy, I am officially in favor of Amanda getting photographed not wearing clothes, what with her being being universally recognized as the sexiest thing to get in a pool since I nearly drowned at my last calendar shoot. Even though it will probably only be a topless photo spread, it's still a hell of a lot more than those tennis bitches have ever given us.
Naturally, some ugly bitch is pissed.
What upsets some people like Dr. Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, as she told the New York Daily News, is that “It used to be that female athletes were portrayed as wholesome, All-American girls. Now you get female athletes in GQ, Playboy and the Swimsuit issue. The result of it is coverage that is very damaging—that trivializes and marginalizes women athletes because it does not give them the respect they deserve as competent athletes.”
What's so damaging, fatass? Increased exposure and more money from marketing deals? Man, if I had known that people being attracted to you was a negative thing, I'd have terrible self-esteem. But I'm sure Amanda and I will get through it together. Love conquers all. But only if that love is hot sex between beautiful people.