We’ve noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.
170-Club how though are ya?
800,000 copies sold is how that’s still a thing. Sex sells is still a thing. Guys liking attractive women is still a thing. Pretending you’re not buying porn in public because it’s really a “sports” magazine and therefore side stepping any shame (at least in your own eyes) is still a thing. How is asking silly questions still a thing?
I like the swimsuit issue. Yes, I’m a guy. But I don’t find it to be objectifying women. All the women are models or athletes and they all consent to it. Nothing wrong with it. Just like all the male fitness models and underwear models that woman love looking at. It’s natural. This segment shouldn’t be, “How is SI Swimsuit addition still a thing?” it should be, “how are magazines still a thing? ” that’d be a much more appropriate topic
You know perfectly well why it’s a thing. Don’t be silly now. It’s not like you gave any reason for why the magazine should stop making it. And the people buying it? Maybe they feel like the magazine has extra value with a pretty woman on the cover. Men like women, who knew. (Some women do too)
Masturbation Material without and internet connection or embarrassing looks from mates and newsstand attendants. And yes, this year’s cover is appalling. Boycott Sports Illustrated until they stop this douchebaggery.
“The book feels good to jerk off to when held in the hand compared to the digital bullshit”
– Typical Pretentious hipster.
You have to be honest, we ALL KNOW why this is still a thing, and it’s stupid to act like you don’t understand.
Did anyone else go on google and typed “naked ladies”?
People having a problem with men looking at boobs. How is this still a thing?
It is still a thing because the magazine understands that the mind if the most important part for sexuality. Leaving some for the imagination in these days is more sexy then going all out everything spread out for the world to see. Afterall it adds value and worth, just the way our minds work ;)
So 800,000 copies sold and apparently a decent chunk of the people who bought a copy decided to comment on this video to defend their honour and choice in buying a copy. Interesting. I also find it interesting that people are using “feminist” and “social justice” as insults now.
its still a thing cause even the best countries can have that devastating emergency where the power is out and simultaneously wifi goes out
OH NO, women being objectified!? Someone call a white knight… WAIT never mind don’t call one because that would also be objectifing women. . I guess the women have to get themselves out of this pickle…. WHAT’S THIS; women actually go into this of their own will? Obviously they are so helpless that they aren’t “truly” doing this out of their will! But remember no white knighting unless you want to be a misogynistic pig. Oh I see you’ve now sit down and aren’t doing anything to ease women’s pain on this matter; God damn you truly are a misogynistic pig! . Remember ladies: If you don’t show off your bodies, patriarchy is keeping you down because it’s “forcing” you to hide your true self. If you do show off your bodies, patriarchy is keeping you down because it’s “forcing” you to degrade yourself. What is that? Again with the free will thing!? You poor poor souls.
Here is an idea for them. Have an SI cover of nearly naked men with their asses pointed at the camera, and in other sexy poses. Let’s see how men feel when women’s and gay men’s masturbation material is treated as mainstream, not just hetro men.
Is there not also a male version of this? Like oiled up firefighter calendars and whatnot?
Why would it NOT be a thing? These women are beautiful and sexy. Of course it’s gonna be a thing. Try having a sense of aesthetics.
And then there’s the case of having a more analogue feel than a digital feel.
It’s still a thing because some people like it. It’s the same reason why Playboy still exists – selective screening is a far better way of getting quality than hopping around 144p, 35 minute videos.
Never been attracted to the type, and I’m no sports fan. I never really understood the appeal when there was such a thing as Playboy… unless you still lived with your parents.
Old farts and dumb asses who don’t know how to use the internet to their advantage is why this is still a thing.
They need to balance it up: hot men please?
It is still a thing because 800,000 people in America don’t have internet!
sex is still taboo in the US. While I still haven’t seen a boob in the “walking dead”, looks like there’s no problem to show an extreme gore-violence in each episode. classic hypocrite american double standards.
Remember guys, liking boobs = Muh soggy knee, and when retards fall for blatant controversy bait it’s DEFINITELY not the fault of the retards that bite the bait.
This is why I love/hate this show. It’s 95% brilliant material, with occasional feminist bullshit thrown in. It’s like enjoying a really good burger, then suddenly finding a pube in it. Maybe your next episode should be “Feminism: How Is This Still a Thing.”
Between the swim suite issue and the ESPN’s Body issue, are people even interested in sports magazines any more?
SI should just take the plunge and go full skin magazine.
wow, is this real? I never heard of this magazine before and now I’m absolutely despise it.
So you can actually search for naked ladies on google?? Holy shit!
I had a small amount of air miles that were going to expire recently, and the only thing cheap enough to use them on was magazine subscriptions. I signed up for a few different ones, including SI. Just got the swimsuit edition and was wondering the same. How is this still a thing? I was super excited about the issue when I was a 12 year old. Is that who buys them now? I would have assumed they just use Google.
Why do people still buy gaming magazines? Or books in general? The feel of the paper obviously makes them comfortable to jerk one off.
This is not sexist. But a scientist who have just landed a robot 500 million kilometers away on an asteroid flying across space at 75 000 Km/h in a 10 years mission, is wearing a shirt with manga drawings in it, THIS IS sexist.
Sometimes, america gets too stupid it becomes funny.
It’s 2015 and people buy softcore porn. That’s the only point I don’t understand.
Holy shit, so many commenters have written paragraphs defending Sports Illustrated and have clearly not watched the video. So many people assume it’s some feminist video saying men are pigs for looking at women in bikinis. It’s not, the video is saying that the swimsuit edition doesn’t need to exist anymore because you can see more, for free, on the internet.
This is the best kind of gender equality discussion. It’s funny, shrewd, and isn’t preachy while still getting the message across. It’s not all, “naked women = sexism” but, rather, food for thought.
If she hadn’t had a Brazilian, you see a shitload of pubic hair on this years cover. Smart photographer though. It’s AMAZING how the eye goes right to the pubes.
I feel so bad for the women on the sports illustrated cover. Getting payed thousands of dollars to have your picture taken? What an evil patriarchal society we live in. .
Considering the relative sales, the real question is, “Why are Non-swimsuit issues of Sports Illustrated still a thing?”
Who pays actually money for that?
Pornhub is free.
It’s a good question… Want pr0n? It’s the only thing that rivals kittens on the Internet and that means a fucking lot!
The problem is that SI is NOT men’s masturbatory material. Maybe a few grandpa’s still covet a glossy semi-erotic photograph instead of actual sexuality. The point is SI is the weakest of weak tea and it pushes on the impulses of otherwise decent decision makers via contrived scandal and branding bullshit. I would love it if hetero and gay men’s masturbatory material was actually mainstream and our Puritan roots were finally extinguished.
Because men are dumbasses.
“People could now type naked ladies and see what Google throws at them”
Yeah I asked women who went to see Fifty Shades about why they’re willing to pay for bad soft core porn and I still had no convincing answer as well.
But I guess that sex sells, that’s it.
I’ve only got a subscription because the rad sneaker-phone!
THANK HEAVENS someone of this quality of argument and professional criticism has finally noticed something like that magazine, honestly, why is it still a thing? i get that sports magazines should go on because they’re entertainment and at least helps others keep up with reading, but swimsuit edition? that’s just for the cover girl to brag about and earn more money by showing herself in a ”look at me i’m fit and slim and curvy, just how women are supposed to be!” shallow attitude.
You can buy fully automatic fire arms in america with no effort whatsoever but some magazine of half naked women is what you have a problem with?
How is John Oliver still a thing? All he does is bash men and conservatives.
As a woman I love Sports Illustrated, but maybe that’s because I grew up in a household that promotes the beauty of woman and that god made us to be beautiful.
Unlike my liberal female feminists who hate their bodies and hate any woman that looks like a super model.
I’m starting to think John Oliver is secretly gay, and feminists are simply tom-boys who wish they were men.
This is still a thing because women are still objects for male gaze more often than not.
This is still a thing because people buy it.
This is still a thing because sad, immature manbabies want it to be a thing.
And this is still a thing because women judge each other on size, swimsuits, and all sorts of crap that needs to be left behind but then how will they justify their own painful fad diets and ridiculous shopping addictions if they don’t have other people to use as yardsticks?
It speaks again to that thing I keep harping on: women need to stop dieting, dressing, and debilitating themselves for anyone’s pleasure by their own. If you like to starve yourself and wear the latest bikini fashions, fine, that’s your prerogative. Leave those of us who are at the Y pool with our kids and perfectly happy to wear a one-piece, classic-style, plain swimsuit alone. We’re not there to have our bulges or stretch marks or cellulite graded by anyone else. We’re there to cool off with our kids.
So yeah, this is still a thing because too many people want it to be. The key to making it stop is to start by making it stop for yourself, because you can’t control what other people are going to do or say or think. Stop treating your body as someone else’s viewscreen. Be yourself, be comfortable, be happy.
How is the *Sports Illustrated* swimsuit edition still a thing? In 2013 over 800,000 copies were bought *on the newsstand* compared to about 60,000 newsstand copies for a regular issue. What’s up with that? We live in an era where a Google search can bring you all the scantily-clad women you could possibly want to see, so why do people still get the swimsuit edition of *Sports Illustrated*? What’s the appeal?
uh its still a thing because it outsells a regular issue ALMOST 12 FOLD literally 1:52
Who the fuck even wants soft core porn?
How is this still a thing?
One of the last bastion of male freedom! Look I understand that there are unusually lots more of homos these days but don’t force your sterile lifestyle and dislike for gorgeous women on us. The race still has to be procreated by us normal heteros. So leave our magazines alone!
Are you trying to shame people for being attracted to gorgeous women wearing next to nothing by saying “Ewww” whenever they state their attraction? Seriously? You’re trying to label them perverts because they are attracted to beautiful women and like it when they get to see them on a magazine they buy?
Are you seriously suggesting that if a popular trashy women’s magazine had one version a year in which they had near-naked male models on the cover that they wouldn’t have the same reaction?
What an absolute disgrace. This is disgusting. It’s not sexist to have beautiful near-naked women on the front of a magazine. Sure, it’s making the magazine seem desperate to keep sales up, but which magazine isn’t? Next we’ll be shaming people for watching porn or having sex.
I think they just answered their own question: “How is this still a thing?” Well, because it sells a metric shitton of copies, that’s why.
John Oliver is right exploiting the female body is wrong. I am now going to watchGame of thrones and jerk it to that naked crazy red head.
The funny thing is, more female models have featured on the cover of *Sport* Illustrated than a female *athletes*.
1. Even in this day and age we don’t always have an internet connection.
2. I think you know the other reason…
s episode made me go watch porn.
republicans dial up is a little to slo
Just torrented thru 2013 and 2014. Almost all of the models are just “meh” and din’t bother with a second/third picture. Still, there were 1-2 WOW 0_0 worthy.
I’m alright with the swimsuit edition, but they could really go with a 50/50 perspective on genders just to widen their demographic. Everyones a pervert, not just old guys who don’t know what the internet is, when I worked at a gas station in highschool, more women bought stuff like that than men did.
You guys fail to see that there are people that prefer paper, nostalgia is still an issue as well xD Also, a magazine is easier to get to the WC, and while tablets and smart-phones are competing with that… a magazine doesn’t need a battery or internet connection xD
As a matter of principle, I *hate* anything that teases nudity without ever actually delivering. When I saw that cover, my response was immediate and fierce: *trying too hard*. And since I already *know* she’s never going to go the last two inches, all that makes this is a worthless half-baked knockoff of everything where they *do*. I’m supposed to pay for this crap?? There’s no such thing as “naked enough” here. It’s absolute black and white. So either man up and go all the way, or put them in swimsuits that are *practical* and that women might actually consider spending money on. Geez. (For the record, I’ve never understood the appeal of Maxim and its ilk either.)
And Playboy is fighting for its life right now. I just don’t get this nation sometimes.
I see comments. Look, it’s not about America being afraid of sex. It’s the exploitation of female sexuality to make sales… which is inherently disparaging and sexist.
Alright, this video is saying two separate things. The first half of it really does seem to imply that there’s something wrong or inherently sexist about SI doing a softcore porn issue, and the second half is incredulity about the magazine existing in the age of the internet.
Both of these themes are present in the clip. To those of you unaware of either theme… Be kind. Rewind.
If people ask “how is this still a thing?”, they are either gay men or straight women.
the 800,000 sales are the collective of all our old grandparents/dad’s that STILL haven’t learned how internet porn works
this was a mag all us teen boys in the 80s and 90s jerked off to before the internet came along, even the porn video industry is losing money to free internet porn.
bet you didn’t know that this is narrated by david kaye, the voice of beast megatron.
How is it still a thing because of objectification, or the fact that its mostly free on the internet – don’t go after small fish and then claim to be against sexism.
Why is it still a thing?
Because mock it all you want, S.I. doesn’t have any risks of a virus wiping your computer out attached to it.
You get a better bang for your buck with a real smut mag. They aren’t cluttered up with space wasting sports stuff. Left page bikini, Right page some sweaty beat up dude, waste. Don’t waste your time with any P.C comments about Bi sexuals and equality blah blah. I don’t care, It’s MY mag. Peace
Its still a thing cus u can hid it under ur mattress and your parents or girl wont think to look cus she thinks the porn is on da pc and phone
The people who buy this issue are the same people who say they read Playboy for the articles and go to Hooters for the wings, i.e. people with no original thoughts in their heads or clue as to how Google works.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – How Is This Still a Thing?
One word: Pornhub
“How is this still a thing?” And your next line is “it makes them all the money”… you answered your own question
it’s still a thing because it’s only buyers are old men who’s wives refuse to have sex with them anymore, and they don’t know what pornhub is.
Women that enjoy and want attention profiting from it?! Someone, light the bras of Minas Tirith! Alert the feminists!
Because guys who can’t afford internet can only get caught so many times in the public library before they require more private spank material.
Yeah, I was there for one those “controversies” basically my job was to put out magazines for different retailers and the company I worked for and the store, Wal-Mart (obviously it’s run by fucking old white dudes, so what you expect?) okayed them to be displayed.
And then the next week we got a email saying that a few customers were complaining about them being on the shelves, so my colleague and I had to scour the magazine racks and pull ALL the Swimsuit issues we could find and return them, making TWO trips when I could have been at home relaxing and at they STILL fucking send not only SI but Maxim (GQ is okay, because it has more male gaze and suit porn on there than actual women in bikinis so it’s cool) as well, to the point I go:”You know what, fuck you guys, I am not wasting my fucking gas mileage having to pull these off the shelf, I am not putting these magazines out.” And I did. No one cared or complained at the store.
Should do another episode on religion, How is that still a thing?
I agree it shouldn’t be a thing anymore but also the Swimsuit Issue was what made me realize I was not straight
Beautiful women sell regardless of the medium.
Oh F*** OFF Already!
It’s a men’s magazine & the majority of which are hetero in orientation which should equal the glaringly obvious answer to the question “Why Is This Still A Thing?”
Because heterosexual men still like to look at scantily clad women you PC Nazi twit!!
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