The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…
Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
This reminded me of a comment made by a (male) student about my HOT PICS project. He questioned my decision to allow my friends to dress however they want, saying that it could conflict with my message because the way some of them chose to dress was too typically “hot”, and therefore defeated the point of the project. To me, allowing my friends to dress how they chose for the photos is about about them deciding how they want to be perceived in the photographs. If I told them to dress in a certain way for each photo shoot, I’d be taking away their ability to represent themselves how they choose, much like many photo shoots of women go. Sorry (not sorry) we want to represent ourselves however we want in a photograph and you don’t like that. Also my friends are just hot and they can’t help it.
I still have a hard time wrapping my head around selfies. Like I get it and it’s fun, but I’m not often interested in participating. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad think. But I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing either–mostly because of how they are used, not what they are in themselves.