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GQ Publishes Offensive "Hottest Women" List

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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GQ Publishes Offensive "Hottest Women" List

GQ just released their “The 100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium” issue featuring Beyonce on the cover as "Miss Millennium." Flip through it and you'll find the obvious nods to Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes. But this year, the lad mag has included some ethnic specific categories that have some people raising their eyebrows. Examples:

    â€˘    â€śHottest Indian Chick”: Freida Pinto
    â€˘    â€śHottest Pregnant Sri Lankan”: M.I.A
    â€˘    â€śHottest Italian Chick”: Monica Belluci
    â€˘    â€śHottest Chinese Chick”: Zhang Ziyi (sometimes credited as Ziyi Zhang)


While there may not be anything inherently wrong with saying someone is a "Hot Chinese woman" the seemingly arbitrary racial call-outs have people squirming. For example, why did the magazine deem Beyonce "Miss Millennium" but not "Miss African-American Millennium?" Mila Kunis was included in the top three hottie picks but the magazine didn't mention her Ukranian roots. And why was Kim Kardashian lauded for her performance in her 2007 sex tape but not labeled "Hottest Armenian Porn Star"? 


"If the magazine were saying, 'These are all the beautiful women from every country in the world', that would be a bit different; that's what the Miss Universe pageant is all about," says Ruth C. White, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work at Seattle University. "But by calling out certain women's ethnicity and not others, what they're implying is that these women are not beautiful simply because they're beautiful; they're only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity. This is qualifying their beauty and dismisses the idea that beauty comes in many different forms." 

Objectifying women in the media is an old song and dance. Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to get picked apart and seen as parts, rather than wholes. And it's no surprise that men's magazines sell so well in part because they feature women in racy, tantalizing photos. But reducing some women to tokens of their race (and curiously not others) others is a new low.

Check out the full list of winners here. Is GQ being insensitive? 



by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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LifeCafe42
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Sure got the attention they wanted didn't it
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arthistmom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM
Point taken, but then this is GQ after all.
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Apr1l
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM
Offensive? Meh
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ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

First of all, Beyonce's shirt and panties don't match.. Just saying lol. 

I do think it is a bit wrong to recognize some of the women's ethnicities, but not others. All though if you think about it, the men that get the magazines most likely don't care about though or pay attention..

tayanddyl
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

 what else can we expect from GQ?  I think the cover is hot, and I am jealous of her post baby body - NOT!

MamaJane
by Jane:) on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM
People have way too much time on their hands to try so hard to find the wrong in something.
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