Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Pimping Breasts" or "Mammory Philanthropy"

"Free Implants" offers a space for women to submit themselves pornographied so that "benefactors" can view and *hopefully* "donate" to the women's breast augmentation surgery.

Twisty calls the "philanthropy" an example of the "normalization of prostitution" and I have to agree - especially because the owner of the site takes an entire quarter of the women's "donations". As a side note - what's with the language (philanthropy, donation, benefactor) denying the women's true labor in creating the porn material? By one woman's account, it ends up being about $10/hr - less than I made working retail. So really, there is no generosity, there's barely a wage for labor rendered. Way to completely erase women's work. I'm also considering the terms "prostitution" and "pornography" in regards to this story. I'm not sure there's much of a difference here.