The fact of the matter is, my vlog installment today is discussing absolutely nothing new. It's the same stuff everyone in glamour photography knows about, and has known about for decades, but few from the photographer camp ever say anything about. Female models are far too often manipulated, insulted, used, abused and sometimes assaulted, and enough is enough. And before you get uppity about the fact that glamour models shoot sexualized photos and somehow or another deserve the harassment or attacks, you may want to check yourself.
For one thing, models being manipulated, abused, threatened, cheated and even raped is hardly a new subject in the public consciousness. Louis CK said it best when he said "There is no greater threat to women than men. We're in the #1 threat to women. Globally and historically, we're the #1 cause of injury and mayhem to women. We're the worst thing that's ever happened to them. It's true."
Louis CK was discussing the dating world, but everything he states in that stand up bit can be modified a bit to apply to "a male photographer shooting a female model". Remove the comedic exaggerations, and you find profound truth in what he is saying and how it relates to the relationship between a woman putting her trust in a man despite there being a very long list of reasons why perhaps she shouldn't.
Obviously, in fairness, not all male model photographers fit this unfortunate archetype of a manipulative abuser. In fact, I would argue most don't. However, the figure is far too high, as I hear the stories every single day from models and other industry folks. I see the blog posts, I see the social media posts, the screen captures of abusive chats, the stories in the mainstream news, the stories not in the mainstream news that should be, etc.
But what then happens? When a news story breaks about this sort of thing, the mainstream media loses their shit and goes all puritanical on the matter, going so far as trying to casually place blame, or partial blame, on these women who get harassed or assaulted simply because they "take sexualized photos". Well, I had something to say about what glamour photography means to me, what it should mean, and a message to either the photographers who keep the stigma alive or anyone else who perpetuates the simian behavior that sullies the modeling industry.
For what it's worth, do watch my vlog post above and spread the word. Talking about a problem is the only real way to begin the process of eradicating it.