The photos were on a site which covers sports, but the feature had more to do with the body of a scantily clad woman than anything else, even though the woman used to play college volleyball. I’ve seen things of this nature a thousand times and they always repel me. I spent a few minutes tonight thinking about the reason why I have this reaction. I have nothing against former Marshall University volleyball Kayla Simmons, but this depiction of her reminds me of so much of what I hate in modern culture. Simmons might be a brilliant and talented woman. I have no idea. But I do know that she is choosing to promote herself as a sex symbol of sorts for social media fame — and I know that what I want is absolutely nothing like this. The kind of woman I want would run from this sort of depiction of herself even if she had the world’s most perfect body, because she wouldn’t be eager to share her body with the world and she wouldn’t want to be stereotyped as a sexually attractive bimbo. The woman I want is brilliant, competent, compassionate, driven and has character. Simmons might have all those things. I honestly don’t know. But promoting yourself this way suggests you are the fantasy that most men want — which is exactly the opposite of what I want and need.
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