“Feck” might want to label itself as being liberating “art” with women in charge of the camera, but at $25 a month it sounds like trumped up porn to Anne Johnston.
For so many curious teenagers watching porn for the first time, there are a few usual thoughts that pop up:
“Where is all the hair?”
“Am I meant to look like that down there?”
“Will I really be making that much noise?”
And for some ladies…
“No thanks, that looks painful.”
Along with cat videos, there is a lot of free pornography on the Internet where a lot of horny teens are learning about the birds and the bees. The major problem with this is that porn is usually rough, demeaning (mainly to women) and largely inaccurate.
Feck, a self-proclaimed “media company based in Melbourne”, lets women hold the camera themselves and make erotica for their website, which they’re “fully in control of”. Some call Feck “art”, some call it liberation, but is it still just downright porn?
Here’s how it goes:
Women volunteer to take photos of themselves for a website called “I Shot Myself”. The women must be “fully, confidently naked in all the photos” showing all parts of their body, including their unconcealed face, according to the submission page. There must be at least 120 colour photographs of good quality, shot in good lighting These women are given $250: $200 for the photos and $50 for providing a small bio to accompany the folio. They then get a three-day “cooling off” period to decide if they still want their photos published; if not they can just return the money.
The website is open only for subscribers who pay almost $25 for 30 days. To me, this all just sounds like another money-making porn venture. Sex and the body, in all its sweaty, awkward, glorious beauty should be celebrated, but not exploited for money. We have to stop making it so difficult, and expensive, to see stretch marks, hair and love handles on both men and women.
On the other side of things, $250 is an incredible amount of money for uni students who may be struggling for rent or textbooks. Uni students who are forced to include their face and risk their identity being exposed. Uni students who may not understand that they risk potential careers over an easy way to make money.
If you want to put your body on the Internet then I say go for it! It’s about time we liberate our sexuality (bra burning just doesn’t cut it anymore).
But Feck isn’t liberation.
With rules that limit people who may be afraid to show their face or certain parts of their body, by using money to exploit those in need and only by allowing those who pay to view content, Feck isn’t an erotic art show, it’s expensive pornography.
Like #toplesstuesday on Tumblr, we should be able to put what we want of our bodies, if anything at all, on the Internet because we feel like it, not because a business needs more subscriber content.
After all, are you really free to do something if you’re bribed to do it?