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Diana Taurasi Covers the ESPN Body Issue – Shouldn't We Be Focusing on Her Basketball Skills?

Diana Taurasi on ESPN Magazine

On the same day that the news is flooded with news of the Randy Moss trade and the Major League Baseball playoffs, we are faced with the best women’s sports has to offer – naked on the cover of a magazine – as ESPN Magazine releases its second annual “Body Issue”. 

Shouldn’t we be focusing on Diana Taurasi’s skills on the basketball court rather than being shown all her assets on the cover of a magazine?

Apparently when it comes to women’s sports, women are still seen more for their bodies than for their athletic skills.    Is this really the message we want to teach our daughters?

Diana Taurasi is currently the best women’s basketball player hitting the courts.  She has a list of achievements thatrivals the best of men’s sports – three NCAA National Championships, WNBA Rookie of the Year, two Olympic Gold Metals, four-time WNBA All-star, and 2009 WNBA MVP.  So why are we focusing on anything but her achievements? 

“Doing the shoot was something new and I had fun with it,” Taurasi says of  her decision to pose nude on the cover. “For me, doing this was about facing the challenge and celebrating everything all of our bodies have been through and done.”

When it comes down to it, women’s sports do not pull in the same revenue as their male counterparts and they have to get the attention wherever they can.  Unfortunately the price they pay comes at a expense of all the girls out there working hard to earn their athletic credentials. 

Photo: ESPN Magazine

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