Complicated Conversations


Ladies: There’s an awful, upsetting picture of Rihanna making the rounds. We won’t ignore it, but we also won’t post or link to it.

No doubt, most of you know – or soon will know – where to find the photo, but I will warn you that the injuries seen in it are upsetting, disturbing, heartbreaking, and, most importantly, not that uncommon. Assaults like this one are perpetrated on thousands of people – many of them women – every single day, the world over. Question: is posting such a photo exploitative or educational? (Is it both?) I honestly don’t have an answer, except the one I feel in my gut – but readers can feel free to discuss the photograph, and the larger issues surrounding it, here.

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