A rare rant from Alison:
Yes, the crush of idealised images is damaging to health and self esteem. There is also a culture of visual literacy whereby constructing and manipulating ones image is a form of self expression, an extension.
Whilst I feel sad when I see Bey performing her persona like a zombie, I am also bemused at the trope within media that feels it is ok to police and damn people for not presenting an ‘authentic image’ – damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The very notion of an authentic photographic image is complex and culturally determined. A still 2D representation is fundamentally abstracted from IRL.
There is very little nuanced discussion.
And Donna Haraway‘s manifesto for cyborgs: “I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess”
Here is an opinion piece from Clementine Ford. She make a comparison with unphotoshopped stills from Lena Dunham’s Vogue shoot