The past few weeks have seen an eruption in claims of sexual abuse throughout the creative world. Now attention is being drawn to a book sold by Amazon, entitled "."
The creative and entertainment industries have been shaken by continuous allegations of sexual abuse over the past few weeks, most of the claims notably filed by women. It's shocking a book of this nature would ever retail on a global service such as Amazon, but it feels in particularly bad taste given the extent of abuse that many actresses and models have been suffering.
The bizarre book, which somehow spans 90 pages, is listed as being from an obscure author simply by the name of Goldmund. The baffling description reads as follows:
Photography is an art that is as enriching as it is seductive. It can open up new ways of looking at the world, train you to become more social, and create opportunities to meet an endless amount of attractive women. This guide will: Suggest the proper equipment needed to get started. Teach you techniques to become proficient using a camera. Explain different ‘projects’ that will make it easy for you to approach girls on the street and get them excited to be involved in your photos. Include tips on how to easily set up dates and seduce the women you meet. And much more… If you are interested at all in photography and meeting women, An Introduction to Camera Game is the best place to get started.
Elsewhere, there is talk of “[getting] comfortable meeting and modeling beautiful women on the street, but also seducing them into bed,” as well as the author remarking that he will “provide a detailed script that you can follow. One that has gotten me laid many times over […]”
The cover, below, speaks for itself.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost all the reviews on both U.S. and U.K. Amazon have been 1 star, many of which are insisting that it encourages rape culture. There are plenty of stories and stigma surrounding male photographers abusing their power; or sexual predators using photography to gain access to vulnerable young women, and books like this do us no favors.
What do you think? Is this acceptable for Amazon to be selling?