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.