Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Brim View Post
I can't remember whether or not I was there. I probably have logs on the other computer, but it's heavy and I'm NOT lugging it up from the basement. I do remember the image, though, and I'm glad you left it up.

I think that shaming, whether body shaming or sexuality shaming, is horrendous. I think that sometimes women are objectified in photographs, but that Sanders and Emil are not the ones doing it. I think that a portrait of an erect penis is not pornographic because it's just a penis, but there are some poses that photographers put women in that could definitely be considered as such. I think that the image was a *perfect* response to the conversation, and proved admirably that there is an obvious bias against male sexuality in photography that simply isn't there when it comes to female sexuality. I also think that it is vitally important to keep encouraging people who make a statement with their photography to continue doing the work. Controversy tends to breed discussion, and discussion can, at times, bring changes in thinking.
I'd like to write something along these lines, but I think Stephanie wrote it better than I would.
I'm also glad that you left that image up, Scott (I'd bet it got a bunch more views today, too, if anyone knew where to look). I have nothing but respect for Emil's photos as well. If I ever shoot any nudes, they'd be more likely to be women and I hope I can do it a quarter as well.
As an American, I think that this country has a tendency to fly off the handle about body parts way quicker than any other (just look for discussions about breastfeeding - geez).