Target: Jonathan Heaf, Senior Commissioning Editor of GQ Magazine
Goal: Retract racially categorized attractiveness list that objectifies women
Gentlemen’s Quarterly, widely known as GQ, is a magazine that caters to men and their interests, which explains the annual lists of sexy and attractive women that it produces. Although this list is quite offensive in and of itself to women since it objectifies women’s figures, GQ has managed to find a way to further insult women. This year, GQ released “The 100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century” with hip-hop/pop singer, Beyonce Knowles on the cover. In this edition, the women were all ranked on one general list and then on a more specific, racially divided list. The fact that GQ decided to racially segregate some women into certain lists is distasteful and offensive. GQ should retract the racially categorized lists of sexy women.
Some of the lists that GQ felt the need to specify included “Hottest Indian Chick,” “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan,” “Hottest Italian Chick,” and “Hottest Chinese Chick.” Some people may not find these categories racist since the magazine is praising beauty in general, but it is ironic that certain females were not specifically racially categorized. For example, Beyonce Knowles was named “Miss Millennium” without any regards to her African American roots. Furthermore, actress Mila Kunis made it on three separate hot lists, none of which gave any recognition to her Ukrainian roots.
GQ may not have meant for these lists to be seen as offensive, but that does not mean that GQ should do nothing about fixing these lists now that there has been backlash. The lists are very offensive because they ignore certain races and they rank races against each other. In a society where physical appearance and superficiality are very controversial topics, adding racial segregation to the mix can be very dangerous.
It is important that GQ realizes its mistake in making such specific and racially identifying lists that are in fact very offensive. It is bad enough that GQ generates lists objectifying women, and GQ makes itself appear even more ignorant by choosing to define and categorize female beauty based on race. Please retract all the lists that racially segregated women.
Dear Mr. Heaf,
Your recent lists categorizing sexually attractive women under specific races are very offensive. It suggests that these women can only be attractive or deemed beautiful within their own races. Society already has so many issues dealing with physical appearance and race that these lists will only exacerbate.
GQ should retract these lists because it is defining beauty in a very objectifying and racist way. Women do not deserve to be categorized based on the color of their skins. Furthermore, by not categorizing certain races, it also suggests that the race is either too good or too bad to be worth categorizing.
Please retract the lists because they are very offensive.
[Your Name Here]