Not to worry, WWP is not donning a Speedo in an effort to boost Internet traffic. [Actually, that might scare away readers … but WWP digresses.]
Rather, it’s the occasion of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Edition, which hit the newsstands earlier this week, that piques WWP's interest. For longer than anyone can remember, S-I has been titillating its readers with the midwinter splash of sun, skin and skimpiness. Legend has it that the swimsuit edition was concocted by the magazine’s circulation department as a way to boost newsstand sales in February – always a slow time in the sports calendar, when dull mid-season basketball is about the only game in town.
What any of this has to do with sports – who can say? The whole matter seems a bit demeaning, and the adjectives “tawdry” and “voyeuristic” easily come to mind. [But then again, nearly naked women in spaghetti-strap swimwear is waaay outside WWP’s orbit of interests.] And in any case, in this generation when farting horses, crotch-biting dogs, erectile dysfunction and “wardrobe malfunctions” find a home in television's most-watched sporting event of the year, perhaps anything goes.
Still, WWP thinks it’s mighty unfair that there isn't an alternative to the Swimsuit Issue … you know, one that features good-looking guys in the similarly flattering beach and poolside attire. [Why doesn’t such a thing exist? WWP Googled around for a bit, but found mostly porn sites, which, alas, says more about the Internet than anything else.]
So, in the spirit of fulfilling a public need, WWP humbly offers up this quick substitute. It's the First Annual Worldwide Pablo Swimsuit Edition.
Strictly a public service, mind you.
Something for everyone!
Until next year...