Fragile Men Of Twitter Cannot Handle ESPN Cover Star’s Nude Photo

On Monday morning, ESPN debuted its 2017 Body Issue cover stars, NFL running back Zeke Elliott and Danish tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Their cover debuts came in the form of a GIF, posted on ESPN’s official account.

Elliott’s cover, which shows the running back posing completely naked under splashing water holding a , left many( male) Twitter users disturbed at ensure a man nude on the cover of a sports publication 😛 TAGEND

Notably, when Caroline Wozniacki‘s cover was posted on Twitter, there was no outpouring of male revulsion and outrage( as seen in the tweets below ).

So…naked woman= good, naked human= disgusting?

The contrasting reactions disclose a stark double criterion when it is necessary to nudity — even artful, athletic, partial nudity. It is still considered startling to many to assure a naked man covering a magazine, when there are countless magazine encompasses that regularly feature naked women without public outcry.

Plus, women, regardless of their sex identity, are used to seeing other women naked on magazine covers — from sports publications like ESPN and Sports Illustrated, to the likes of Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone . Women’s bodies are nearly always considered fair game for public consumption and art.

More than anything, though, the reaction to Elliott’s cover displays a deep, deep insecurity among men when it comes to seeing another man’s naked body.

Many of the comments about Elliott’s cover were of the” no homo” variety, as if simply scrolling through Twitter would cause men to” turning gay” for their exposure to a stripped down( heterosexual) NFL football player. As if, by not publicly denouncing the covering, they would somehow be considered complicit in its consumption. As if watching another man’s body presented as beautiful, represented a threat to their own masculinity.

For his part, though, Elliott doesn’t seem worried.

As he said in the video shoot for his cover-up: ” I believe my body’s just presented a true transformation from a little child to a grown-up human .”

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