Women of Rock 3 in HD

Women of Rock 3 in HD


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Andrew Field commented on 26-Feb-2013 04:28 PM1 out of 5 stars
Months back, R&I found itself at the center of an important debate within the climbing community with the article (posted by JJ I believe) entitled "Hot Women and Climbing Media." At the time, R&I seemed to be in a crisis with respect to the impulse to post media featuring sexy women climbers. It seems with the fourth consecutive photoset featuring HD pictures of women climbers, that the editorial staff has resolved this issue. These photo sets feature high definition photos of women, mostly professional climbers of one stripe or another, in various states of undress. It seems that the staff, in collating and choosing these photos have tried to walk the fine line between photos of sexy women and photos of women excelling at climbing. Where this binary breaks down is when we start to look at professional climbers less in terms of their ability than their bodies. Regardless if you think a given photographic subject is attractive, the photo, and its inclusion in "Women of Rock" begs a certain understanding of how we value women climbers within the climbing community.
The photosets as edited works also contain a certain sexism, as the headline photo, or a few selections within the set emphasize physical characteristics, rather than ability, personality, role in the community, etc. Such inclusions change the photoset as a whole and erode the fine line I mentioned earlier.
R&I's editorial staff would do well to consider the message they're sending with the photosets, and the potential ramifications for the sport that such a message might contain.
--I should also distingiush between a photoset taken with dedicated models (Stone Nudes), and a photoset of professional climbers. The models are on the other side of the lense with full intention, and full knowledge. The professionals are not (I would assume).
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