photovoice

False photographic consciousness: the visual war on sex work.

Whoretography scored a nice blog entry as part of the Beyond the Gaze Project , you can read the blog post here.  It's a redacted version of the one that I'll publish in the Whoretography magazine https://www.beyond-the-gaze.com/2016/11/17/false-photographic-consciousness-the-visual-war-on-sex-work/

Here is a snippet ....

The prohibitionist visual portrayal shapes everyone’s understanding of the lives and bodies of sex workers.    It's that; we must challenge and call out.   A new interpretation of sex worker imagery can change the visual landscape that forms the political and social views that rob so many of us of autonomy.  Change what people see of sex work, and we change what they understand.
People’s perception of other people’s experiences is informed by the images they see,  so it's unsurprising prohibitionist picture selection always drums out the victim narrative.  Except Rachel Moran, because Moran thought it fit to sell a harrowing tale of a working class girl abused with a fashion inspired photograph airbrushed and photo-shopped to boot.  I believe they are not aware they are doing it, a false photography consciousness.  So blinded by their visual rhetoric they believe it to be the obvious visual truth.  This denial is handy if you seek to indoctrinate people perversely with their not so subtle attempts at visual rhetoric.

Business Cards ....

I thought it time I printed business cards for Whoretography since I commence a speaking circuit of sorts in December. The image is classified as a found image. One of the hundreds of found polaroids ofwomen who auditioned to strip at a club in the 60s and 70s. The polaroids bought for $10 and came with a box of 400.  Despite the gentleman paying for them, he does not, in fact, own the copyright, that belongs to the original photographer and since he or she cannot be found, the images are classified as found photographs and can be registered pursuant to the Orphan Works legislation for commercial use.

Donating to Whoretography (https://uk.gofundme.com/w-tography) helps me to register these images as Orphan Works.

Elusive Abstractions ...

I have learned how negatively impactful photography can be in presenting sex workers as different from and less than other people. This flows from "the power of photographs to capture elusive abstractions that one intuits before clearly understanding them" (The Tides of Mind)  Every sex worker is reduced to a few negative assumptions by the stereotypical images in anti sex work photography.
So why focus on this?  The reason is that all of the stereotyping is a kind of blindfold that enables many to ignore the fact that sex workers are first and foremost people, individual human beings like everyone else.
 

A boxset for the Bobs

With the recent publication of your photography books, an odyssey I have watch via virtual Tweeter, surely this is a huge accomplishment and congratulations!
I also believe, time spent with a beautiful woman, consensually of course, should be recognized.  For the past year I have been Tweeting with you, cringing at times, protecting my balls when you would swing a virtual mallet at stupid men sayings, and more often laughing. You entertained me, and for this reason alone, I wish to say thank you.
You religiously maintain a Bob's List for all time wasters that seek something for nothing.  It is for them that I am purchasing a box set of you recent publication.
Dedicate my purchase to the Bob's List!

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