The word “feminist” carries a lot of negative connotations. A lot of people associate it with lesbianism (and not the “hot” kind found in pornography produced by and for men), unshaven armpits, and anger. It’s also associated with ugly.
I worry that, by labeling myself a feminist in such a public manner, I’m hurting my marketability as a model- who wants to work with a feminist? Even if you look at my extensive portfolio, and read positive testimonials of photographers who have worked with me before, it’s probably impossible to get rid of the residual “ew” that some people connect with feminism.
When I first started this blog, I thought I was helping to break down stereotypes. While I like to think that I show a view of a feminist that’s different from what most people think of when they hear the word, I’ve also helped to uphold others- this blog does very little to promote a wide spectrum of feminist views and opinions, not to mention different feminists themselves.
This isn’t necessarily wrong or bad; Feminism Without Clothes is a personal, one-woman blog. I’m under no obligation to present anyone’s viewpoint other than my own.
I’m not the exception to the rule, nor am I representitive of a new brand of feminism. I just am. There is no rule, and there is no one new brand.
Photography by Vincent Smith, October 2006.