We've been watching a lot of Sports Illustrated swimsuit videos lately and we've heard some of the models criticize themselves a few times saying things like "after all, we're not saving the world here." It struck us suddenly as no coincidence that these are the same criticisms leveled at modeling in general by mysogynists of all kinds: people who say it degrades and objectifies women. We expect this from people who hate beautiful women, but we find it very sad indeed to hear the models themselves agreeing with people trying to put them out of work. And especially distressing when we remember that saving the world is exactly what Sports Illustrated - and modeling in general - is meant to do. By "modeling" we mean the artistic meaning of the word, which is: presenting images of beautiful, happy, powerful women, not for the purpose of selling anything, but for the purpose of inspiring admiration. Of course, the creators of SI swimsuit claim they are just selling magazines. But to do this, the only goal and requirement of the photos themselves is beauty. And that makes their swimsuit photos art. Now some sour, beaten down people who do not like exquisite photos of beautiful women expertly taken may be inspired to denounce and sneer at the models' attempts to be artistic. They wake in the mornings and greet the world with a groan and a resentful grimace. They are the kind of people who don't care what happens to them or the world, and they have been running the world for far too long. Happily, there are those of us who greet each day with a hopeful smile. No we're not insane. We simply want a great life. The life we imagined when we were young. So we are grateful for any image we can find of happy, successful, brave, beautiful people. Images of the world the way we hoped it to be. They inpsire us to cheer up and live each day to the fullest. Good people doing good things is the only way to "save the world", and SI swimsuit inspires good people. So we will keep watching our SI videos hoping to hear "we are saving the world here." Then it might actually be true.