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May 10, 2016

If you don't think Caitlyn Jenner should pose nude on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated,' you're a bigot.

Caitlyn Jenner just announced that she will pose nude on the cover of Sports Illustrated to commemorate her Gold Medal decathlon win at the Montreal Olympics. It’s inspiring for a woman to pose naked on the cover of a magazine, and anyone who says otherwise is a bigot.

Seeing Caitlyn Jenner’s beautiful body emblazoned on the cover of a nationally syndicated magazine, stripped of the patriarchal oppression that is clothes, is incredible. It’s amazing that in 2016 a celebrity can pose for the cover of a magazine to help sell the products inside. That is courage.

It’s been too long since I’ve been able to pick up a rag at a supermarket, a bookstore, or my gynecologist’s office and see a female star of a television show on the cover of that magazine, wearing little to no clothes. Like maybe a few days or something.

Caitlyn is breaking new ground for women everywhere. She is a trailblazer. And she deserves our respect. Because the only women to ever do this before her were Jennifer Aniston for GQ



Bar Refaeli for Esquire



Kim Kardashian for Paper



Kim Kardashian for W, Zoe Saldana for Women’s Health, Jennifer Aniston for GQ, Pamela Anderson for Flaunt, Kate Hudson for InStyle, Kate Hudson for Glamour, Beyoncé for Flaunt, Adriana Lima for GQ, Anna Paquin for Rolling Stone, Lake Bell for New York, Miley Cyrus for W, Miley Cyrus for Rolling Stone, Kate Winslet for Vanity Fair, Kate Winslet for Vanity Fair Italia, Brooke Shields for Rolling Stone, Gisele for Lui Magazine, Pink for Who, Ciara for Vibe, Lana del Rey for British GQ, Heidi Klum for German GQ, Lady Gaga for Out, Lady Gaga forRolling Stone, Rihanna for Esquire, Kate Walsh for Shape, Rachel Weisz for Esquire, Brooklyn Decker for Esquire, Serena Williams for ESPN the Magazine, The Dixie Chicks for Entertainment Weekly, Cindy Crawford for Esquire, Christina Aguilera forGerman GQ, Jada Pinkett Smith for Essence, Julia Louis Dreyfus for Rolling Stone, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson for Vanity Fair, Keira Knightley for Allure, Liv Tyler for Details, Jamie Lee Pressly for Maxim, Angelina Jolie for Esquire, Miranda Kerr forRolling Stone, Demi Moore for Vanity Fair, Eva Mendes for Maxim, Lauren Conrad for Glamour, Avril Levigne for Blender, Mariah Carey for Interview, Kate Upton for Muse, Ashley Judd for Marie Claire, Jessica Simpson for Esquire, Britney Spears for Rolling Stone, Drew Barrymore for Spy, Anne Hathaway for Entertainment Weekly, Janet Jackson for Rolling Stone, Kelly Rowland for Vibe, Lindsay Lohan forNew York, Malin Akerman for Maxim, Mila Kunis for Esquire, Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan for Rolling Stone, Jennifer Lopez for Stuff, Jessica Biel for Gear, Keyshia Cole for Vibe, Katie Perry for Esquire, and countless others.

Some people might say this is only perpetuating a society where female bodies are seen as objects and Caitlyn Jenner, rather than breaking down barriers, is actually reinforcing them. But those people are wrong, and they are bigots.

I hope this opens up more opportunities for skinny, famous women everywhere to pose naked on the covers of magazines. Because that’s bravery.