August 23rd, 2007

Roman

photo gripe

I stumbled upon this picture through stumbleupon. It is one of so many photographs of women in positions they would never choose to be in if left on their own. Yet the comments: "beautiful", "gorgeous", "nice angle".

I don't recall ever seeing photographs of men in bizarre poses like this.

It's a fantasy and it irritates the hell out of me. In part because photos like this tend to represent women as ethereal creatures, rather like fairies (many even add wings) or angels, unaware of normal human comfort and unattached to the ordinary things. They are always clothed in romantic dress, as if their lot in life is to look beautiful.

I realize it's beautifully photographed. Tough.