Vogue Hommes International Is Accused of Promoting Violence against Women

The latest controversy of the fashion magazines back splash to Vogue Paris, remind us how our colleagues from Engadget photo that reflect on this. Not by the new cover will be for the number of October you can see more down the post, which well deserves it. But the male Edition. Vogue Hommes International is the one who receives all the criticism being accused of promote domestic violence. Terry Richardson is the photographer of the same.

Allegations have emerged in favour of women’s rights and domestic violence groups such as Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, Equality Now, and National Organization for Women (NOW) Chapters in New York. Condé Nast has been the company put the target being the owner of this header and the image of Stephanie Seymour along with Marlon Teixeira the central controversy.

The main argument is the so-called asphyxia. According to the aforementioned collective:

Asphyxia is not any act that need to be done to sell magazines, as many people may consider this event as an act of passion beyond what is an act of violence.
The suffocation is a huge precedent for future mortality. A study of 11 cities in 2008, left clear that 48% of the women who were killed had previously suffered any of these choking episodes.

All of this derived from the attitude of the model Teixeira in the image, in which someone who does not carry to the end a simple image could see an act of passionate desire for Stephanie Seymour. You have the hand around the neck. Yes. And another in a chest! Blasphemy. It is touching his chest! Over the blouse and BRA, but touching it. Perhaps the hand of the neck is in voltage? No knuckles and fingers are giving the slightest hint of choking her? Lol He is stroking him in a usual point of seduction.

The issue of domestic violence is too serious to get to this end see ghosts where in my opinion, and I think someone reasonable, sensible, and away from any psychotic outbreak, there is only desire. Moreover, the picture seems beautiful and transmits the impulse of a couple who is attracted.

This is the original letter:

Dear Mr. Wallace and Mr. Newhouse: We write to express our profound opposition to your decision to feature a photo of Stephanie Seymour with Marlon Teixeira’s hand wrapped around her neck on the cover of Vogue Hommes International. This truly disturbing image of a woman being choked sends a dangerous message to anyone who sees this magazine – that choking is a sign of passion rather than of violence.
Choking is a huge predictor of future lethality. 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine study of murders of women in 11 cities found that 43% of women who were killed by intimate partners had experienced at least one previous episode of choking before being killed. That is why, in 2010, New York State made choking a violent felony, and advocates, prosecutors, police officers and survivors throughout the State have embraced the law as a way to save women’s lives.
In New York, your magazine appears on newsstands and numerous have enormous reach with young men and women. While this cover was perhaps intended to shock and thrill potential readers, the truly shocking fact is that it glorifies violence against women as an act of love.
Choking is not a fashion statement, and certainly not something that should be used to sell magazines. We are calling on Condé Nast, as a responsible company based in New York, to pull the magazine from the newsstands immediately, and to pledge not to use violent images like this in the future.
Sincerely, Laurel W. Eisner Executive Director, Sanctuary for Families Ariel Zwang Chief Executive Officer, Safe Horizon Sonia Ossorio President, NOW-NYC Lauren Hersh New York Director, Equality Now Vogue Paris October 2012.

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