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Letter — Story, photo in poor taste


We live in a culture that readily accepts the sexual degradation of women, and South Lake Tahoe is no exception. I was disgusted to view the photo accompanying the Zephyr Cove swimsuit contest story in the August 9th weekend edition of your newspaper. The printing of this photo was in clear violation of good taste.

Your newspaper has a responsibility to report issues that affect our community, the nation and the world — not tabloid smut. To assume that readers would approve, nonetheless be interested by such content, is deplorable.

It is virtually impossible for women to ever be granted the same social standing and privileges as men afford in this country when they are pictured as sexual objects. There is clearly a distorted image of women that is represented by this photo, and it is an image that pervades our culture. We rely on news

sources to provide us with provocative, intellectual material that will shape the minds of readers, not fill them with outdated stereotypes.

You owe your readers and the community an apology for your extremely poor judgment — judgment that has helped to reduce the realization of a woman’s complete human potential.

Jennifer Gurecki

South Lake Tahoe

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