thedailywhat:

Controversial Magazine Spread of the Day: In an editorial Monday, Jezebel condemned Bulgarian magazine 12′s recent“fashion” spread depicting graphic violence against women. (Heads up — the photos in these links are particularly graphic. Also Not Safe For Work).
Anyway, the editors of 12 caught wind of the criticism and attempted to defend their editorial decision in a letter they sent Jezebel late Tuesday night:

Hello,
We are 12 Magazine, and we feel like we need to answer to thequestions raised in various articles online, concerning our beautyeditorial “Victim of Beauty”.
First of all, we would like to say we are happy that our shootprovoked an international discussion, at some scale.
It is also important to say, that we do NOT support violence of ANYkind, and this is NOT a shoot glamorizing, or encouraging, orsupporting violence against women.
We believe that images such as ours can be seen from various angles,and we think that exactly that is what is beautiful about fashion andphotography in general — that anybody can understand it their own way,and fill it with their own meaning. Where some see a brutal wound,others see a skilful work of an artist, or an exquisite face of abeautiful girl.
That being said, we do understand why some accuse us of promoting, ina way, violence, but we do not agree with that, and we think that itis very narrow-minded way of looking at the photographs.
And after all, isn’t it true that we see brutally wounded people allthe time, in real life — on television, in the news, in movies,videogames, magazines and websites, and they are all very different,but alike in one thing: some are real, some are not. And fashionphotography is an imitation of real life, sometimes realistic,sometimes delicate, other times grotesque, or shocking.
In closure, we are provoking even further discussion by asking you andyour readers just two questions:
1. How would you perceive those photographs, if they were accompanyingan campaign against domestic violence? Would you still think of themas disgusting or you would praise them as brave and thought-provoking?Worth the think, isn’t it?2. What would you say if those where bespoken men, carefully groomed,but still, terribly injured? Probably nothing, and quite franklythat’s a bit sexist.
Kind regards,
Huben Hubenov and Slav AnastasovEditors in Chief

Needless to say, the “sexist” Jezebel writers weren’t impressed.
[jezebel]

thedailywhat:

Controversial Magazine Spread of the Day: In an editorial Monday, Jezebel condemned Bulgarian magazine 12′s recent“fashion” spread depicting graphic violence against women. (Heads up — the photos in these links are particularly graphic. Also Not Safe For Work).

Anyway, the editors of 12 caught wind of the criticism and attempted to defend their editorial decision in a letter they sent Jezebel late Tuesday night:

Hello,

We are 12 Magazine, and we feel like we need to answer to the
questions raised in various articles online, concerning our beauty
editorial “Victim of Beauty”.

First of all, we would like to say we are happy that our shoot
provoked an international discussion, at some scale.

It is also important to say, that we do NOT support violence of ANY
kind, and this is NOT a shoot glamorizing, or encouraging, or
supporting violence against women.

We believe that images such as ours can be seen from various angles,
and we think that exactly that is what is beautiful about fashion and
photography in general — that anybody can understand it their own way,
and fill it with their own meaning. Where some see a brutal wound,
others see a skilful work of an artist, or an exquisite face of a
beautiful girl.

That being said, we do understand why some accuse us of promoting, in
a way, violence, but we do not agree with that, and we think that it
is very narrow-minded way of looking at the photographs.

And after all, isn’t it true that we see brutally wounded people all
the time, in real life — on television, in the news, in movies,
videogames, magazines and websites, and they are all very different,
but alike in one thing: some are real, some are not. And fashion
photography is an imitation of real life, sometimes realistic,
sometimes delicate, other times grotesque, or shocking.

In closure, we are provoking even further discussion by asking you and
your readers just two questions:

1. How would you perceive those photographs, if they were accompanying
an campaign against domestic violence? Would you still think of them
as disgusting or you would praise them as brave and thought-provoking?
Worth the think, isn’t it?
2. What would you say if those where bespoken men, carefully groomed,
but still, terribly injured? Probably nothing, and quite frankly
that’s a bit sexist.

Kind regards,

Huben Hubenov and Slav Anastasov
Editors in Chief

Needless to say, the “sexist” Jezebel writers weren’t impressed.

[jezebel]

(Source: thedailywhat, via salroka)