Does your display of slinky, scantily clad women do a service to the determination, dedication and strength of accomplished athletes such as Debi Thomas, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, to name a few? Does the swimsuit issue help further women's athletics? Does it help further womankind? I think not.
JENNIFER A. MILLER
Please cancel my subscription. The swimsuit issue has become the issue of the missing swimsuit.
Staten Island, N.Y.
My advice to you would be to tone things down next year or cut this feature out altogether.
Over the past dozen years, my husband and I have tried to teach our children to view men and women equally. We tell them that all people should be treated with respect and that no one should be considered an object to be exploited—sexually or otherwise. Then, once a year, along comes SI, undermining our efforts.
I realize that your swimsuit issue is a surefire money-maker, but I think you're selling both yourselves and your readers short. You have a first-rate magazine, and I don't think you would lose many subscribers if you changed the focus of the issue.
I would like to see you feature water-sports enthusiasts—male and female—modeling swimwear that people can really wear in public. Perhaps you could even draw attention to the swimwear and the sports represented, instead of to the models' bodies and how suggestively you can pose them.
Howard Lake, Minn.
Once again your swimsuit issue was a knockout: great scenery, delectable models and superb photography. However, the best shot in the issue was that breathtaking view of the 16th hole at Cypress Point (Dire Straits).
JAMES A. COX
P.S. I turned 40 last month. Could this be a sign that I'm getting old?
I was thoroughly disgusted that writer E.M. Swift, in his article on Thailand (Sport in the Land of Sanuk), felt that he not only had to report on but also to participate in the barbaric Thai sport offish fighting. Swift seemed to ascend to the loftiest levels of self-righteous "sportsmanship" when he gave his winning fish, Rama I, its freedom while flushing all the surviving losers down the hotel room's toilet.
It is disappointing that a usually conservation-minded publication would lend credibility to such an inhumane act by printing it.
FRANK L. YOUNG