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Does This Photo Shoot Glamorize Violence?

Living 2012/06/20 21:21:46
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This might be one of the most disturbing, distasteful things we’ve ever seen. A Bulgarian fashion magazine recently featured a photo shoot of models who appear bloodied, bruised, slashed, punched and burnt, with the tagline, “Victim of Beauty.”



But if the images make you think of domestic violence, the editor-in-chief of 12 Magazine says that’s your own sick mind at work. “This shoot was left without an introductory text, thus allowing everybody to translate it the way they want,” editor-in-chief Huben Hubenov told The New York Daily News. “A lot of people read ‘domestic violence’ in those pictures, but it is their mind who came up with that explanation of the shoot, not ours."



Hubenov adds: “And if they took the time to actually examine the photographs, instead of superficially jumping to [conclusions], they would’ve seen girls who look at us strongly, who look confident, who are above the wounds, above everything. They are independent.”



Others strongly disagree. “Violence against women exists way too frequently in real life for us to want to look at it in a fashion magazine,” blogger Cheryl Wischhover wrote on Fashionista, joining a chorus of other outraged bloggers. However, some readers called the shoot beautiful and “thought-provoking.” What do you think? Do these photos glamorize violence?





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  • MissJo 2012/06/20 23:59:05 (edited)
    No
    MissJo
    +9
    No, actually I think it's an interesting concept. Beauty can be extremely damaging internally and sometimes externally, many many women are harmed by society's ideals of beauty. And there are many more who rise above that and who work to make a difference because of those wounds.

    Though, I'd love to see this redone with those who are more negatively affected by beauty standards instead of skinny, white and attractive women. What about the heavier women? The ones who aren't conventionally beautiful? The colored women? The women who are really affected by beauty standards? Don't get me wrong, skinny white women suffer plenty because of these standards (saying this as a skinny white lady), but they suffer a lot less than other groups...

    Very thought provoking, and I don't think this is glamorizing violence at all. More like this is throwing the truth out there and making people look at it instead of tip-toeing around it (though, again, it could have been done better).
  • RoseyRhod MissJo 2012/06/21 01:19:16
    RoseyRhod
    +3
    I can see your perspective, and you actually put some intelligent thought into it. I fall into one of those "other" categories. I have never been pretty. If you've ever read the H.P. Lovecraft story, The Outsider, I've always identified with the main character in that tale.
  • MissJo RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 02:12:41
    MissJo
    +2
    I have done and am still doing a bit of research on it, I find it both fascinating and sad at the same time. I'm picky about the media I expose myself too because of it, it's part of the reason why I've grown to be accepting of myself and my body even though I may not always like it very much.

    I'll check it out, I've always heard good things about H.P. I do have a list of books to read first though :P
  • TasselLady 2012/06/20 23:57:23
    Yes
    TasselLady
    +2
    That is just so wrong.
  • Eyes See Wide North 2012/06/20 23:54:11
    No
    Eyes See Wide North
    +4
    It is Art, it is what you choose to make of it, therefor if you choose see it as a glamorous thing, you are the one glamorizing violence.
  • LuridLolita 2012/06/20 23:53:54
    No
    LuridLolita
    +3
    Who gives a damn? No matter what it stands for art should not be censored.
  • JesusIsMyGod 2012/06/20 23:50:58
    Yes
    JesusIsMyGod
    +3
    That is so not cool!
  • Caca JesusIs... 2012/06/21 00:50:08
  • RoseyRhod Caca 2012/06/21 01:19:59
  • Caca RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 02:03:17
    Caca
    yo ass ugly...mind ur own buissness... no one was talking to ur lame ass u fuqqin LARY
  • MissJo Caca 2012/06/21 02:13:17
    MissJo
    How old are you, 7?
  • Caca MissJo 2012/06/21 02:14:42
    Caca
    Yea Im 7 [wtf] Bitch Please... ur ugly 4 that one
  • MissJo Caca 2012/06/21 03:31:44
    MissJo
    Whatever kid.
  • Swampdo... Caca 2012/06/21 02:19:22
    Swampdog PWCM
    Open forum eman para mierda!
  • Caca Swampdo... 2012/06/21 02:22:19
    Caca
    why u talking in spanish?
  • Swampdo... Caca 2012/06/21 02:55:50
    Swampdog PWCM
    No habla, escriba! I live in Florida and there are a lot of Hispanics here. I want for my children and grand children to learn Espanol. Besides Spanish is easy. Why do you have a Spanish Avatar name?
  • Caca Swampdo... 2012/06/21 03:28:02
    Caca
    I Know Spanish. Just Asking And Its Cuz Im Mexican
  • Swampdo... Caca 2012/06/21 17:19:40
    Swampdog PWCM
    +1
    Que bueno Sr. also there is another fellow here and his name is Ricardo Cabeza which is Richard Head in English, the nick name for Richard is Dick, so you put it together. The guy is funny and I love his name!
  • Caca Swampdo... 2012/06/22 01:16:19
    Caca
    +1
    ha, funny :]
  • bettyboop 2012/06/20 23:50:43 (edited)
    No
    bettyboop
    +2
    I don't honestly think of domestic violence when I see the photos. My thinking leans along the line of these gals having a cat fight. Had it been men being photographed I don't think such a fuss would of been made.
  • RoseyRhod bettyboop 2012/06/21 01:20:35
    RoseyRhod
    +2
    But why glamorize violence of any kind?
  • bettyboop RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 13:38:41
    bettyboop
    Not sure why they feel the need to do that. Violence of any kind is not the answer.
  • ValleyOfTheDolls 2012/06/20 23:47:13
    Yes
    ValleyOfTheDolls
    +1
    Is it just me or is violence in photoshoots becoming more common?
  • Kaimeso 2012/06/20 23:45:54
    No
    Kaimeso
    +1
    No, more to the issue that no matter someones personel beauty, they can still be a victim of violence. Halle Berry is extremely attractive, but was in a relationship where the guy would beat her face into a bloody pulp. Beauty is no protection from violence.
  • RoseyRhod Kaimeso 2012/06/21 01:22:07
    RoseyRhod
    Interesting thoughts. I can see where you're coming from.
  • Changeling 2012/06/20 23:45:43
    Yes
    Changeling
    +2
    yes and I dislike it
  • xxx 2012/06/20 23:44:26 (edited)
    No
    xxx
    +5
    Why does a man hitting a woman first come to mind? Really? People are waaaaaaaay too sensitve these days and seek out something to get offended over. It could be a woman fighting another woman. They do fight too you know.
    I think the make up looks well done and the effects are really realistic. The artist would be amazing doing a zombie shoot.
    Go watch some movies where a woman actually gets slapped around and beat by a man. Go complain about that.
  • Caca xxx 2012/06/21 00:52:06
    Caca
    +2
    i love you... u said everything i was thinking
  • xxx Caca 2012/06/21 00:54:50
    xxx
    +1
    Im glad someone agrees. Was expecting someone to oppose me lol
  • Caca xxx 2012/06/21 00:57:09
    Caca
    r u hispanic or black¿!?!¿??! because those r the only races that arent stupid pussies, right?
  • RoseyRhod Caca 2012/06/21 01:24:41
    RoseyRhod
    R U a dimwitted racist?
    Yeah, I thought so.
  • Caca RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 02:06:02
  • RoseyRhod xxx 2012/06/21 01:24:12
    RoseyRhod
    Have you ever been the victim of domestic violence? Have you ever known someone who was the victim of domestic violence? I have been. If that makes me "too sensitive," so be it. Just because someone envisions something does not mean that vision should ever see the light of day.
  • xxx RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 01:50:04
  • abubinc... RoseyRhod 2012/06/21 02:11:13
    abubincrazy
    You are fighting the wrong people.
    Maybe you should shoot your venom at the people who put out the offending photos.
    Nobody on this blog did that.
  • Fenabarb 2012/06/20 23:42:43
    Yes
    Fenabarb
    +3
    not sure of what the message is, are they saying there's beauty in violence or how good at photoshop they are. All I see is brutality
  • abubinc... Fenabarb 2012/06/21 02:09:18
    abubincrazy
    +1
    They are creating controversy.
    Which generates publicity, and makes money.
    Plain and simple.
    Interesting avatar. :)
  • Fenabarb abubinc... 2012/06/21 03:01:23
    Fenabarb
    +1
    had Mister Nobody from Mr men, avatar for awhile. I have use my face pic which you can see on my profile page and on facebook I change avatar pics all the time.
  • Justin Teufel Hunden 2012/06/20 23:36:32
    No
    Justin Teufel Hunden
    It's an important message... - Cook Clean Obey!
    Lol j/k! Lame comment for lame photo idea.
  • JayLynx 2012/06/20 23:33:15
    Yes
    JayLynx
    +2
    My "own SICK mind at work" ? Come on!
    I call it empathy: I don't like to see wounded, it means that they are suffering or have suffered, it means pain. No matter if for domestic violence or if they fall down.

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