Thanks for the gross issue of SI (Jan. 29). You are to be congratulated on your keen sense of social purpose. What the country really needs right now is a lot of encouragement in its big pleasure kick, and your beachwear spread (A Little Learning...) hit all the right notes of gaudiness, impressive expense and titillating (but still barely respectable) sexuality.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
I think that it is positively disgusting! What sport do these illustrations promote? It seems that in today's vocabulary "masculinity" is often confused with "sexuality," while restraint, modesty and decency have completely disappeared. I sincerely hope that all mothers will join me in speaking out against immorality on TV programs and in periodicals.
MRS. F. B. HUNT
Normally I enjoy SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, but I found your Jan. 29 issue offensive. Your cover picture and the so-called fashion pictures inside are a stereotypical portrayal of "woman as sexy broad."
The portrayal of sensuality per se is not offensive as it is an important part of the personality of each person. What is offensive is that only this aspect of women is shown, while their legitimate role in sports is ignored. Meanwhile, men's role in sports is well reported while their sensuality, interestingly enough, never is mentioned.
How can you put such a picture on the cover of your magazine and call it SPORTS ILLUSTRATED? Shame on you. Don't just sit there, nag the guilty ones and apologize to your subscribers for your bad taste.
FR. PHILODORE LEMAY, M.S.
No doubt you have already begun to receive your annual quota of letters from irate wives, women libertarians and so-called pure sportsmen who can find myriad half-baked reasons why you should restrict your reporting to stories and pictures about baseball, football, basketball, hockey, etc. and leave the "provocative, chauvinistic" pictures to the men's magazines. Please be assured that there are still many of us who anxiously await the arrival of this particular issue and hope that this will continue to be the case for many years. Any charges of chauvinism can be easily refuted by a magazine that named Billie Jean King its Sportswoman of the Year. Jule Campbell and Walter Iooss Jr. are to be commended for their collaboration on the excellent article and superb pictures.
I wish to compliment you on the article. The fresh, wholesome girls were wonderful, especially Libby Otis.
Whitefish Bay, Wis.
I know someone will write and say George Foreman's picture should have been on the cover since he is the surprising new world heavyweight boxing champion, but isn't Dayle Haddon a knockout?
Perhaps the pose of Dayle Haddon on your cover was intentional, but it brings to mind that famous picture of a wet ape waist deep in water that appeared in LIFE some time back. Certainly the posture and facial expressions are almost alike.
LANGLEY U. MORANG
?See identical twins at left.—ED.