Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Creepy-Ass Fashion Industry Strikes Again

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, GANG RAPE, RAPE CULTURE]

The mainstream fashion industry is second in grossness and awfulness only to the mainstream porn industry. They both glorify violence against women on a regular basis while promoting dangerous, ableist, white supremacist beauty standards.

Case in point, this immensely fucked up photo shoot (serious trigger warning here) that glamorizes the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. Yeah, you heard right.

There's no way I'm posting pictures of it on my blog, but you can check it out on BBC News.

What the fuckity fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck no no no no no no no no no stop fuck no what no.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING.

Granted, this was an Indian photo shoot, so at least it wasn't white people doing it. And the white fashion industry and advertising industry have been guilty of glamorizing rape and murder of women over and over and over and over and over and over. So if you do the thing where you only talk about rape culture in countries full of people of color and act like these are the only places with "real" misogyny, you're racist.

But this really outlines just how much the fashion industry worldwide does not give a fuck. The photographer said he was just "shedding light" on the situation in India, but that is A) not his place as a man and B) complete and utter bullshit. I don't believe for a second that this was his intent (not that intent matters). There are a thousand better ways to "shed light" on rape culture that don't involve people making money on clothes by being all "hey look how good this woman looks in these clothes while she's being assaulted."

Yet another example of why men need to FUCKING STOP AND SIT DOWN AND LISTEN before they do anything because if they don't they tend to really royally fuck it up because they don't get it. Did he even bother to consult the victim's family before pulling this shit? Of course not, because they would have told him that it was insulting for him to even consider it.

4 comments:

Ramona said...

I HATE the terms sexual assault and sexual molestation. They really downplay the absolute violation of the victim and the extreme depravity of the perpetrator. That photographer is sick and quite possibly a rapist, as well as a condoner of rape. The BBC article states that the photo depicts a model fighting off men as though it is really okay. Hey, she's got this! Just another day. Just another rape. Quite possibly the end of her life. Horrifying. It is terrible that there are models willing to do shoots like that.

Lindsey Weedston said...

I definitely hate when rape is described as sexual assault, because sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. But I insist on calling things like groping sexual assault to call attention to the fact that it's a serious crime. But yeah, that photographer is definitely a potential rapist.

Ramona said...

I agree with you and should have worded my post differently, as I do see that there is an all encompassing word that does need to exist and its use is valid when the crime cannot also be described as rape. These terms, to me at least, seem to sugar coat something terrible. Having a separate term (molestation) for children could give the impression that a lesser crime was committed than had it been a rape, or even an assault. But I am obviously going off on a tangent. Thanks for your thought-provoking posts!

Lindsey Weedston said...

All I do is go off on tangents, so don't worry about it! I totally agree with your main point, though. Sugar coating is NOT acceptable.