Sociologist Michael Kimmel and a reader named L.A. sent along a link to a fashion spread on a Bulgarian magazine’s website. It’s another example of the glamorization and sexualization of violence against women. Titled, “Victim of Beauty,” the featured photographs have absolutely nothing to offer, short of showing beautiful women who appear to have been beaten, cut, strangled, and burned. As I’ve written elsewhere:
As much as I’m bored of seeing women appear to be beaten, sick, or dead in fashion spreads, it also really feels like we must hate them. Why else? Why else this constant glorification of their abuse?
I’m going to show one image and throw the rest behind the jump. They’re very disturbing (e.g., women with slit throats and more)…
Take a morbid tour, if you like, through more examples of violence against women in fashion: the America’s Next Top Model murder-themed photoshoot, the fear and suffering of women as a sexual turn on, dead and deadish ladies in fashion (here, here, and here), ads with women looking supremely uncomfortable, Asian bondage fantasies, two more examples of the sexy black eye trope, and gulf oil spill themed-examples (here, and here).
UPDATE: AlsnB, in the comments, found this response at the site:
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Well that’s the thing, isn’t it? We didn’t explain our meaning, making it possible for everyone to read what they want. And if you are reading “abuse”, it is in your head, not ours. We see beautiful girls, shockingly good special effects makeup, and great photography.