This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ESPN Magazine Body Issue, the annual spread that honors athletes bodies through nude photos. When the Body Issue initially launched in 2008, it was simply meant to "celebrate the incredible power of the athletic form." Over the years, it has become an iconic feature that challenges the way we see athletes' bodies — for better or worse.
Some have argued that the Body Issue normalizes sexual objectification, while others say it's positive because it emphasizes "healthiness and beauty of an athlete's body." But in 2018, when more athletes are speaking up about sexual assault and harassment, the Body Issue serves as a poignant reminder that athletes are more than just bodies to be ogled.