Wednesday, September 7, 2011

there were three of us

Thanks to the suggestion of my advisor Jane Marsching I have been reading Pleasures Taken:  Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs by Carol Mavor.  Reading Mavor has been a mind altering and challenging experience.  Using Lewis Caroll's photographs of girl children as examples, she writes about the innocence of childhood as perhaps not so innocent, her "...two basic points:  one, that children have a sexuality that is as complex as anyone's: and two, that their sexuality deserves recognition, respect and scrutiny. (Mavor page 1)  A tough read for someone that once worked as a victim advocate for sexually abused children.  You can be sure there will be more from me on this topic.

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