I am in a digital photography class, a class that I really like, with a teacher who is about the most awesome teacher I've ever had. And our assignment, due tomorrow, is to submit three photographs to JPG Magazine, in one of their themes. They have a dozen standing themes, and thre rotating themes, which change for every issues. Surprise surprise, I find out tonight that the third and final theme for this issue is "Beauty Redefined: Alternative Pin-ups" sponsored by--you guessed it--the Suicide Girls. My reaction: ICK! So I wrote them this note:
"Re: Suicide Girls
Hey, I just don't think exploiting women is awesome! In fact, it makes me feel really icky inside to see JPG Magazine have a tie-in with internet porn. I know everyone is all "Suicide Girls is alterna-porn! It's feminist!" Actually, the models get paid next to nothing, have their images sold to hard-core porn sites when their not as popular as they used to be, and the body types are the same old skinny ladies, just this time with body piercings and tatoos. It's like photography hasn't been used enough to exploit women in its short history.
Very poor form."
Man, this is just gross and creepy and so sad.