Disclaimer: This post contains graphic special effects images depicting violence against women.
Bulgarian Magazine "12" just released its latest issue with a beauty spread depicting women as the victims of brutal violence. Besides black eyes, the women are also shown with split lips, burned skin, and cut throats. Keep in mind, this is for a beauty spread, one that is supposed to show off the beauty of makeup … right.
We wish we could say we are shocked by this imagery, but the truth is we're not. Every few years, an art director decides that extreme violence against women makes for good/provocative/interesting art. (Take a look at the 1979 documentary "Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women" by Jean Kilbourne to see just how unoriginal this idea really is.)
What's actually shocking is that this type of imagery is still being used, and no one seems to care. Sure, there may be a bit of fuss when the photos first hit the web, but it soon quiets down until the next offending photo shoot. No one really demands change or asks for someone to accept responsibility for this type of imagery.
Why is this? Has this type of violence become so mainstream that it no longer disturbs us?
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