Sometimes you just have to take your clothes of to get the R-E-S-P-E-C-T you deserve. Aretha Franklin taught us well. Just don’t you sock it to Aly Raisman without asking first or things will turn into MeToo and you’ll be looking at 175 years in the penitentiary. Aly took her clothes off for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She made sure no one used her photoshoot pics for spank bank material after she wrote phrases like “abuse is never OK,” “fierce,” and “survivor” all over her naked body in terrible typography. You’d have to be really depraved to be turned on by forcefully having sex with such a helpless woman. That or you probably work for Oxfam and taking advantage of women in the worst of situations is your personal fetish. To each their own.
Weeks after the Olympian became one 100-plus women who publicly testified against gymnastics coach Larry Nassar in his sexual abuse trial, she liberated herself again by stripping down for the racy — yet empowering — photoshoot.
Somewhere else in the world another Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Paige Spiranac, argued with conservative reporter Britt McHenry over whether actually taking your clothes off is empowering.
Britt’s initial inquiry:
“Why does a woman have to pose nude to feel ’empowered’? Isn’t it more empowering to keep your clothes on, go into an office or classroom like everyone else and excel? #SISwimSuit desperately wanting to compete with IG models with gimmicks,” McHenry tweeted.
“Different women feel empowered in different ways and it’s not right to tell someone what they can and cannot do. It’s more about the person you are and not the clothes you decide or not decide to wear. My body, my choice,” the model tweeted.
Britt really didn’t accomplish much with her conversation outside of identifying that she’s probably not putting out on the first date. Hopefully the priest wrote prude in ash on her forehead this past Wednesday. McHenry does have a point but as a man I will never stop a woman who willingly wants to take off her clothes. Unless her name is Tess Holiday. Whether women do it for “empowerment” or for her inhibitions flying out of the window after the fifth cocktail, it’s of dire importance that men support naked women.
And that goes for men too. I’m not going to take a man more seriously because he strips down and writes words on himself. He might be great to look at, and that’s fine, but come on now…it’s not activism.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018
Photo Credit: Instagram / Sports Illustrated