Sports Illustrated’s Hannah Davis swimsuit cover: Excuse me, but where’s the swimsuit?
A swimsuit has a social function, and its size and design tell you something about social standards and expectations. Our great-great grandmothers swam in bloomers, and many Muslim women today run into the waves fully clothed and veiled.
Over the years in the West, swimsuits have become smaller and smaller, but the convention of minimal modesty has remained intact.
Now, though, with the Sports Illustrated cover right out there so that even the tiniest toddlers can gape at Davis revealing most of what used to be called a woman’s “private parts,” you have to ask what’s left of that bare (so to speak) minimum of public decorum that a swimsuit is supposed to represent.
And what that says about our society.
Posted by Charlotte Allen