Do you have issues? Some people do when it comes to how women are portrayed in magazines. You make the call -- are these periodical covers sexy or sexist?
Top 10 Sexy (or Sexist) Magazine Covers
Sarah Palin's Leg Show
The former vice-presidential candidate isn't too happy about Newsweek "going rogue" by putting a picture of her, originally used for Runners World, on its November 23rd cover. Palin herself voiced her disapproval, criticizing the news magazine's choice as "out-of-context" and "sexist." Newsweek editor Jon Meacham defended his decision, saying it was "simply the most interesting image available."
Um, and he likes to sell magazines.
Bump and Grind(er)
In 1978, Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, responded to claims that his magazine wassexist, demeaning, and misogynist by publishing a sexist, demeaning, and misogynistic image of a woman being put through a meat grinder. That'll show 'em.
Razor Sharp Gender Bender
Years before Ellen came out with her "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time Magazine, Cindy Crawford lathered up lesbian country songstress K.D. Lang (in "drag") on the 1993 cover of Vanity Fair.
A Pregnant Cougar
Belly shots -- not the alcoholic kind -- have become a big yawn, thanks to Demi Moore's very pregnant and naked photo shoot for the 1991 cover of Vanity Fair. These days, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a pregnant celeb bearing their bump for the camera.
Playboy Gets the Diversity Memo
The only controversy here is how looooong it took Playboy to realize that as long as it published naked skin, it hardly mattered what color it was. Darine Stern became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of the popular men's mag in 1971 -- a full 18 years after its first publication.
Oprah Had Her Body Cut Off
What do Ann-Margret and Oprah Winfrey have in common? Not much, really. Except on the 1989 TV Guide cover, when they both shared Ann's body. The photo mash-up was the predecessor for all Photoshop disasters to come.
The Dixie Chicks appear sans clothing on the cover of Entertainment Weekly -- no biggie really, except the country trio used their bods as a sounding board for their political views. Would they have stirred as much controversy if they had used plain old posterboard?
Human Hand Halter Top
Her famous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction was 11 years away when, in 1993, Janet Jackson appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with some unidentified guy's hands standing in for a shirt. How much does THAT gig pay?
Expressing Yourself with Milk
Semi-bare breasts had been displayed, without real purpose, on magazine covers for years -- but when a real working breast appeared on Babytalk Magazine in 1996, the editor got over 700 complaints. That's a lot of boobs.