“What made these thighs desirable was that, while they were fat-free, like men’s, they also resembled the thighs of adolescent girls…And the crotch-splitting, cut-up-to-the-waist-impossible-to-swim-in bathing suits featured in the loathsome Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue could never reveal that other marker of adulthood, pubic hair. So, under the guise of fitness and empowerment, of control over her own body, was an idealized image that infantilized women, an image the kept women in their place.”
Where the Girls Are, Susan J. Douglas