Posted at 10:35 AM Nov 04, 2009By Andrea Grimes
Photo shoots! I hate when people discriminate them. Especially self-important, so-called feminists, who are always discriminating photo shoots with their ignorant concerns about the male gaze and sexual objectification and the implicit and explicit controlling of female sexuality in terms of male needs.
"I think they suffer from lack of knowledge and tunnel vision. How many of those self-important, so-called 'feminists' have been on the set when a celebrity shot a Playboy spread? There you go. What is feminist about discriminating a photo shoot just because it involves female (partial) nudity that happens to give men pleasure? Pathetic," Krupa told Tarts in an exclusive interview.I don't know what "Tarts" is, but I hope she was talking to a pastry.
Honestly, this is just one of those times when the jokes, they write themselves:
"Our society is used to judging content by its package and label. The word 'Playboy' alone doesn't exactly give most women a warm, fuzzy feeling, yet many of the Playboy photos end up in the most praised photo and art magazines and in critically acclaimed photo exhibitions," Krupa said.Our society does judge content by its package and label. Partly because entities like Playboy have so over-branded and over-marketed a pornified version of human sexuality that we can't conceive of anything outside the box. (Pardon the usage.) But really, Krupa, why worry about that? After all, being in Playboy is basically like posing for Degas.
Of course, getting worked up about Playboy is an exercise in futility. The magazine is declining on its own, and Hugh Hefner's continued dedication to embarrassing himself is more sad than anything else. I think pornography can be feminist, but I wonder if it's actually possible for anything close to patriarchy-challenging, female-empowering content to come out of the brand. There are a number of women who work in high-ranking positions at Playboy, but I think the whole Playboy empire is fairly blind to its own overall male-oriented shittiness.
And so I would ask Krupa: do you mainly find your photographs sexy and empowering because they are and feel sexy and empowering to you, as a woman, on your own terms? Or mainly because they make you feel attractive to men, or because you think they will make men attracted to you? I would suspect, given Krupa's snarky dismissal of feminism, that she has not spent a lot of time thinking critically about what she's doing.
Of course everyone wants to feel attractive to the people they're attracted to, and I'm hardly saying that we need to all go around with bags on our heads if we're going to be good feminists--but the modern concept of sexuality is so couched in male needs, it's hard to separate a distinct, female sexuality (which could very well include something Playboy-like, but from a female perspective or impetus) from the tits-and-ass schlock of mainstream porn.