Today I got to thinking about the silence that a lot of people go through after the abuse. Sometimes it’s easier to pretend it didn’t happen, and to do that you have ignore a lot of things.
It’s kind of silly, but I like the analogy of the green water bottle. If I have a problem with, for example, a green water bottle, then I can just avoid the green water bottle. However, next I’ll avoid anything the resembles the green water bottle. Soon all water bottles and all things that are green will remind me of the first water bottle, and I’ll have to stay away from those things. Pretty soon, I will be ignoring all things that are green and all water, which doesn’t make for a very nice world (especially from a photographer’s point of view).
So, I think that today’s photo can be interpreted in many different ways. For me, it represents the silence about the abuse. It represents ignoring your true self after the abuse and how frightening it can be to really think about and admit what happened to you. The book in the photo is “I Never Called it Rape.”
So, what do you all think? What do you think it represents? What about the photo itself?? It was pretty difficult to get this photo, and I think it probably could have turned out better. However…. It’s 11:15 and I’m tired of running up and down the stairs! It’s time for bed!
Resources for today:
The Slut Walk campaign/protest in Toronto after a policeman said rape would stop if women would stop dressing so slutty.
The White Ribbon Campaign, another interesting organization working to end sexual violence through redefining what it means to be a man.