Degradation of women is not the new black
Posted by Cate on January 22, 2010
I was disgusted to read last night about the new Roger David t shirts that are being sold.
Pics and discovery of these t shirts from here
The t shirts are a new range called “Blood is the new black”. Gagging women, sexual violence, degradation…I mean seriously how can these things be depicted as acceptable themes in fashion? Many of us have long contended that there are sexism and misogny in fashion (see American Apparel’s use of retail staff semi naked in their ads) but this takes things to a new level. I have to wonder who had the great idea of featuring degrading, dehumanising photographs of women on these t shirts. It’s not edgy, it’s not cool, it’s not provocative, it’s simply ridiculous and shows a deep contempt for women. It suggests that violence against women is something which should be sexualised and viewed by a mainstream audience. The name alone, is suggesting that blood (and violence) is in fashion. This is not ok.
These images present the message that it’s ok to present women as restained, dehumanised, blind folded, gagged, mute and blind, their helplessness a source of sexual pleasure.
On the Roger David facebook group, the owner states:
Blood Is The New Black offers independent artists the opportunity the display their work and points of views on one of the most common threads in society, the T-shirt. As with any of “the arts,” discussion, discourse and debate is often sparked, due to unique and controversial ideas. Art is meant to inspire and educate, and the meaning and interpretation is left in the hands of the viewer – we are here to inspire ideas, not mediate or control them.
The artist Dan Monick believes there is little to no meaning behind the shot. “She was wearing a headband and it started to slide down her face and she bit it. The shot is a snapshot from me and Annie hanging out, it is not a premeditated image. I took 3 frames. If I had put any meaning behind the image it’s more about the messed up aspects of Hollywood silencing individuality and unique voice. It’s about Hollywood silencing the human.”
Err… nice attempt at saving face hiding behind the excuse that it’s all about ‘art’. Sounds more like a deliberate ploy to get in the media with some offensive pics. I’ll be interested to see if anyone buys the t shirts, I’d hate to think of a friend, male relative, or young person thinking such t shirts are acceptable because they are created by an artist. Blood will never be the new black. Sexual violence should never be in fashion. Ever.
Write to Roger David here to show your disgust.