Can’t get away from disturbing images
Posted by charliegrrl on June 1, 2007
About a month ago , I went to the cinema to watch This is England with a friend. We were sitting through the adverts, when on came this trailer for the recent film Black Snake Moan, featuring Christina Ricci, Samuel L Jackson and Justin Timberlake. I sat squirming in my seat, angered that I had to watch images that to me were eroticising the slavery of women.
If you watch the clip, you’ll see the way the camera focuses lingeringly on her near-naked body, bruised and in chains- her wayward body needing to be tamed. An ugly or fat female body just wouldn’t look good bruised in chains.
Today, I opened up my emails to see a promotion of the film Paradise Lost– the image flashing in my inbox was that of a woman covered in blood, trapped and scared half to death. Her scared body is supposed to titillate me. Instead it disturbs me and I cannot get away from tortured and pained images of women.
This reminds me of the anger in America over a billboard advertisement for the film Captivity– the advert shows four images of a woman- one being abducted, one being confined, one being tortured and one being terminated. There was so much complaint about this imagery, that they removed it.
What annoys me is that we can’t get away from this imagery- we have no choice but to see it, on our high street, in the cinema, in our emails… We are supposed to see such imagery as entertainment, as fiction… the images aren’t real, they’re art…
Well, I don’t find images of women being tortured or in pain, entertaining. I don’t want to see bruised, battered, tortured and enslaved eroticised images of women’s bodies. But as it stands I don’t have a choice.