Glamour Magazine’s White Feminism, Criticism

Glamour Magazine’s White Feminism, Criticism

I photograph weddings for income, and photograph social justice movements and activists for my own pleasure, and to satisfy the demands of my conscience.  I came across this article this morning: http://feministing.com/2017/01/05/new-year-same-white-feminism-why-glamours-women-edition-falls-short/ I thought about it, myself and the people whose pictures I take.  I shared the following thoughts on my personal page, and my white female friends stayed unusually silent while my black female friends rallied wholeheartedly: “She gets it!”  I don’t take any pleasure in having black women approve of my narrative – indeed, it isn’t mine.  Women of color have been yelling the same things for decades, at the top of their lungs – different versions on different days, but always the same, and apparently to deaf white ears.  All I can really add that is unique, is my photography and sentence structure.  And my authority and experience as a privileged white woman who chooses to see reality.  I have a responsibility to yell the same story to other whites, in their native language. 

Black Girl Waiting For Morning Bus, San Diego, 2015

I was raised to understand that there are as many hypocrites on the Left, if not more, than on the Right.  And as I’ve grown, I’ve observed that most liberals are intolerant of dissenting arguments within their ranks, as evidenced by the backlash against any woman still not supporting Hillary after Bernie was out.

My feelings about Clinton and Dunham haven’t changed.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they’ve been intentionally harmful to women, as the article suggests, but certainly willfully blind to their own privilege, and publicly so.  I use Clinton and Dunham as examples in this text, because they best represent the two generations of women that this letter addresses.  Maybe blindness is worse. Because expecting to be championed as a feminist for going after glass ceilings is great, when feminism is noninclusive, the effect is an expression of entitlement to a following from all women, which in the 2016 election didn’t happen.  And that is exactly why white women were shocked by the result of the election. If you think that is unfair, consider: we are not talking about private citizens, but public figures whose fame and income are realized by promoting notions of social responsibility, women’s rights and equality under the law.  To those that suggest that criticism or judgment of a particular kind of feminism in favor of another is anti-feminist, I disagree and don’t care.

I could never support Hillary because I could never convince myself of her credibility – objectively qualified and remarkable in her accomplishments, to be sure, but inherently political.  That to her, the means (flip-flopping and saying whatever was clever at the moment to curry favor with the audience of the day), always seemed to her, to justify the ends (becoming president).  But the means matter, as is now hopefully evident.  I have the identical problem with Dunham.  Although she is apparently constitutionally incapable of talking about anything other than herself and her perceived sexual and physical attraction to men, under the premise that she accepts herself as she is, I have no doubt that she would wave a magic wand and wake up looking like Megan Fox in a heartbeat, if ever possible.

Woman, Red 2016

Let me be blunt: In 2017, the fair market value and earning potential of my educated brain is still vastly less than the black market value of my pussy.  I’m speaking of dollars and cents.  And I know it. Trying to stress the importance of academics to my very young daughters with that fact lingering like Reba’s “Fancy” in the back of my mind, is distracting.  Those of us, like Dunham and myself, who were raised by well meaning baby boomers, expected more.   We felt entitled to more.  More value from our degrees, an easily purchased American Dream, and most of all, because of the incessant praise on which we were raised, for the world to continue to revolve around us after we left the nest.  And now we have a fraction of all that in this generation of white women.  Some of us recognized reality for what it is and adapted, and some of us still rely on our parents’ good name and success to fund, in one way or another, our adult selves and ventures.  Perhaps they’re not mutually exclusive, but I’ve seen few examples of those that use such resources sparingly and as a last resort.  Blame for that is less relevant than is our awareness of it.

And yet we expect women whose legitimate earning capacity is, at best, a minimum wage of $15 an hour (in 2020), minus any meaningful government subsidies, to praise Dunham for championing the fact that her “cellulite wasn’t airbrushed” on the cover? What an adolescent celebration. It’s as excruciatingly shallow and as one would expect from someone who had the nerve to write a memoir in her mid-20s, for which she was fronted millions by Random House.  I’ll refrain from criticizing the book itself, since it’s already been appropriately critiqued for the self-indulgent drivel it is Meanwhile, while an unremarkable well-off white girl graduated from Oberlin shows her thick thighs to the world, reveling in her newfound self-acceptance, a grown-ass woman down the street can’t afford a school lunch for her kids. And the thickness of her thighs, or yours, never crosses her mind, because she has known forever, that they would never be the obstacle to her success. Thighs thick or thin don’t put food on the table tonight.  And sorry, Ms. Dunham, as other women learned long ago, most men don’t care anyway.

Minimum Wage Fast Food Strike, San Diego 2015

I was raised with privileges strikingly similar to those of Dunham and her “Girls,” and I was as properly self-conscious about it then as I am now.  But I cannot focus on that, or let it get in the way of work, because it’s not about me.  We haven’t been girls for many, many years now and what may have passed as an explainable limited teenage perspective, is inexcusable as adults. We’re not girls anymore; we’re women and it’s time to act right – to use our privilege by acknowledging it for what it is and challenging other whites to do the same. To get off our asses and take the burden of social progress on ourselves, instead of letting the victims of injustice and stagnation yell to deaf ears.  To pick up all women from the floor and their knees by advocating some semblance of a society that supports equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. And if we fail, we sure as hell can’t rationally expect the other (and numerically superior) women in this country to give a fuck about our pantsuit ambitions.

Protests, Various San Diego 2014, 2015
Fight for 15, San Diego
Fight for 15, San Diego
Fight for 15, San Diego
Red My Lips
Red My Lips
Homeless Child, San Diego 2013
Red My Lips
Red My Lips
Homeless San Diego, 2013
Fight for 15, San Diego

 

SE San Diego Rally, 2013
Fight for 15, San Diego
Homeless San Diego, 2013
Police Sirens, Living Wage Rally 2015
Queens of South East Series, 2015 and 2016
Channing, Queens of South East Series

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Trump University Settlement Reached

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Trump University Settlement Reached: Rally Photographs by Sarah Loud of Loud Love Photography in San Diego, CA.

The federal fraud case against Trump University was settled for $25 million dollars in San Diego, CA.  Spokespeople and lawyers gathered for a press conference, as did objectors to both Trump and his allegedly fraudulent University, comprised largely of Service Employee International Union (SEIU) protestors and activists.  For the full news story:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/25-million-settlement-reached-trump-university-lawsuit-n686026

http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-is-in-advanced-talks-to-settle-trump-university-fraud-allegations-1479488654

10 Questions For Your Wedding Photographer

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you can make about your wedding, and you need to know the following questions for your wedding photographer.  Almost anyone with a camera, an attractive subject and plenty of time in natural lighting can take an excellent staged wedding photograph.

But there’s a reason why wedding photography is specialized and expensive: Unless and until your wedding photographer has had ample experience negotiating the pressure and chaos of a real day-of, what you see in an online portfolio may not be anything like what you get in a final package.

You better be darn sure that your photographer can make magic under REAL circumstances: Oppressively bright sun melting makeup and a bride’s remaining sanity, a drunk father-of-the-groom, an AWOL wedding coordinator with a full voice mailbox, and a reception room with lighting darker than Uncle Joe’s toast after three shots of tequila and just as many of his own failed marriages.  Here are the best 10 questions for your wedding photographer.

Unless these questions for your wedding photographer can be answered well, all bets are off:

Questions for your wedding photographer #1: Ask to view a portfolio of an entire wedding, from start to finish, in a location and time of day similar to your planned wedding. This will enable you to see what you’re likely to receive in a final package, as well as to determine whether the final images have a consistent style, finish and quality.

Questions for your wedding photographer #2: Ask how your photographer would or has handled a day-of equipment failure (does he/she carry backup equipment, use a second shooter or assistant, or have insurance)?

Questions for your wedding photographer #3: Carefully review a sample contract. At a minimum, a client contract should contain acceptable provisions for the following: Retainer and payment agreement (including dates, methods of payment accepted, contingencies if the wedding is cancelled or if the photographer is unable to perform services), a method of dispute resolution (binding arbitration versus lawsuit in court, payment of attorneys’ fees, and venue), and the exact hours of service and complete description of the final product to be received, inclu

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

ding copyright and reprinting rights, digital files versus prints, and any other agreements for extra sessions or products included in the cost (for example, an engagement session or a wrapped canvas print).

Just because someone is a great artist, doesn’t mean that he/she is also a great business person.

Questions for your wedding photographer #4: Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer how he/she would handle hypothetical difficult scenarios. An initial client meeting is in fact a job interview.  For instance, if you know your family is rowdy and massive, ask exactly how your photographer organizes and coordinates family/bridal party shots on a strict time limit after the ceremony.  Ask for past examples.

Questions for your wedding photographer #5: Ask your photographer to describe his or her shooting style. Rapid fire and candid or posed and precise?  Depending on the size of your wedding, style preference and time constraints, this will give you a good idea of what to expect and how much time to allocate for shots the day-of.  Consider whether you want your photographer to give explicit direction on how to pose, or whether you’d prefer not to know that he/she is even there – and communicate expectations and pros and cons accordingly.

Questions for your wedding photographer #6: Be sure to thoroughly discuss what and how your photographer edits images. Every bride I’ve met wants to look like the best version of herself in her wedding photos – many wedding photographers refuse to do any cosmetic edits, and edit only for color, clarity or with a black and white option of each image.  Others will charge considerably more for advanced or cosmetic edits.  If you envision anything other than or in addition to standard black and white and color images, negotiate your expectations specifically or find a photographer that is willing to customize weddings for each client.

Questions for your wedding photographer #7: Ask how your photographer performs in low light situations, with fast moving subjects (e.g. every reception). Don’t believe a word until he or she shows you extensive photos of real receptions.  Sparklers, bouquet tosses, the electric slide – ask to see it all.

Questions for your wedding photographer #8: Ask your photographer if he or she has any tips to minimize stress and ensure all of the important moments are captured the day-of. This may include utilizing a second shooter for key hours, and/or an assistant.  Also feel comfortable asking what their experience and qualifications are, and how long and for how many events they have worked together.  Ask if he/she has experience working directly with the wedding coordinator to create an efficient, realistic timeline together.

Question for your wedding photographer #9: Ask what your photographer’s policy is with regard to allowing guests or other vendors to take photographs simultaneously. Some pros disallow or strongly advise against allowing non-professional photographs to be taken as part of the client contract and others have no preference.   Do you want the shot of your first kiss set in front of 100 guests on their smart phones?  Or, is it more important to you to have guests post on social media in real time?

Questions for your wedding photographer #10: This may seem obvious, but many couples choose a photographer based on the lowest quoted cost or from a single reference. Ask your photographer to describe his or her style, view his or her profile extensively and make sure that you see eye-to-eye AND that you have a genuine rapport with one another.  You don’t need to feel one way or another about your caterer, but photography is highly personal and requires great trust between the artist and subject.  If you hire someone that has a different style than your own, he or she won’t be passionate about the job, you will be uncomfortable, and the images will reflect both.

Finally, and for more wedding inspiration, check out Loud Love Photography’s website at www.loudlovephotography.photoshelter.com.