[lbo-talk] Memorial Day

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Mon May 28 15:52:43 PDT 2007

On May 28, 2007, at 5:49 PM, Jerry Monaco wrote:

> Yes disturbing, beautiful, slightly titilating and exclusive...
> The photo
> selections for these pieces always show us that there is a certain
> kind of
> grief that we should care for and not other kinds of grief. Yes, I
> find it
> manipulative and slightly revolting that this sexualized grief will
> be the
> kind of grief we will always choose to display, to direct our
> empathy, to
> blind us from the ugly and grotesque representations of grief, that
> are
> simply not proper, when we think of death and loss. Caring for only a
> certain kind of grief and not another kind is always what the
> sexualization
> of grief is all about The New York Times will exclude the grotesque
> from our
> view but no one seems upset about it.

Huh? There are horrific photos in the paper every day. GIs with their legs blown off, Iraqis with their heads smashed, and the grieving familiars of both. Do we read the same newspaper? This was a particularly arresting image because it was so unlike those. But it's hardly the only example.


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