Clearly the Detox Series (123) was too cryptic to those readers with better things to do than keeping tabs on persistent trends in fashion photography. I published those pictures here to make a comment on the ongoing trend of the eroticizing of women's discomfort in fashion photography, such as in police brutality, war crimes, withdrawal (the latter having the most obvious connection to my set), the infamous D&G gang rape chic ad, sexy corpses on Next Top Model (which in turn is echoed in shows like Law & Order Sexy Female Corpse Unit), et cetera. And those, you see, are just the ones I remember off the top of my head; I remember a rape victim shoot in German Vogue ten years before that, and stuff before that, and stuff before that. It's not new. It's just converging, it seems, with the outright torture porn, and the ever-growing tendency towards cruelty in mainstream pornography, because, you see, there is a finite combination of orifices and hair colours, but cruelty is boundless something to consider if you want to sell more than ten movies.
Thanks to our friend the boiling frog, this is no longer shocking it's wank off material. It's the double whammy of sex and violence, with generous helpings of forbidden and risqu้; it's the quadruple whammy of misogyny, affirmed by the powerful conditioning device that is orgasm.
And so, I'm not writing this to make a point about cruelty porn movies if you need to have their evilness explained to you, you're beyond help at the very least beyond the help that I can provide online.
Chances are also that if you are addicted, you will reject any commentary that endangers your source of orgasms, anyway. In fact I've often noticed that people who object strongly to similar racial dynamics find the same completely acceptable in gender context, as if somebody getting off would justify anything and everything: the panacea of orgasm, ejaculating carte blanche.
Also, that kind of argument is preferably made about a "race" the speaker has little or no contact with anyway, so adopting a generous attitude there implies no adjustment in real world behavior, where giving up misogyny would.
I'm also not going to crossref this with the mainstreaming of BDSM, though of course if you're one of the people who think that patriarchal power-over warmed over is oh-so-avant-garde-and-transgressive, I'll still laugh at you. Instead the question that is on my mind right now is, what does that say about modeling?
And I'm not even referring to the artistic challenges, like the To do something ironically, you still have to do it conundrum (which apparently also plagues Dollhouse), or From a certain point on, satire is impossible because the subject matter is already at the limit, and you can't crank the knob up to eleven to exaggerate for effect. I'm wondering about the ethical implications, on top of body types, woman-as-ornament, wealth-markers, etc. Now more than ever.