RIO 2016! It's a showcase for the triumph of the human spirit, opportunity for the world's top athletes to have all the sex, and a possible looming health disaster of epic proportions. High jump over here for all of Thrillist's coverage of the games, and the games beyond the games.
It's time for the Summer Olympics! You know what that means: the greatest, most talented athletes on Earth; gathered together for a friendly competition promoting world peace, equality, international favor, good will among humans…
And another long-standing Olympic tradition: the endless onslaught of internet posts, slideshows, listicles, and round-ups of the hottest female athletes competing this year. Just think of how proud the women from the 1900 Paris games (the first Olympics to welcome female athletes) would be to know they broke barriers so you could touch yourself to list after list after list (after list… really it just goes on forever) of objectified female forms.
Sorry to burst your semi, but women don't spend their lives honing their bodies and athletic abilities in order to be sexy. Surely they don't mind being sexy (who would?), but that's not why they sacrificed friendships, families, and careers. Slideshows that round athletes up like a Victoria's Secret calendar completely undo decades of battles over gender equality; battles STILL raging today as we grapple with bigger issues like equal pay, abortion, and the race for the White House. But before we push THOSE hot buttons, let's just start with a definitive takedown of these reductive and backward pussy parades.