Fashionable Torture - "State of Emergency"
Well, here are some images that approach the intersection of torture and pornography from another angle, namely "fashion" photography. The photo-essay "State of Emergency" by Steven Meisel appears in the September '06 issue of Vogue Italia. I suppose these are meant to be commentary on the disasters and excesss of US policy in the aftermath of 9/11 - an anniversary spread, so to speak. But it seems to me that Joanna Bourke gets it just right in The Guardian today. These are misogynistic amalgams of fear and titillation that, if anything, will simply invite a backlash from right wingers for whom torture and abuse are not a problem. The furor will not be about the systematic use of torture as policy, but about how Meisel has represented it.