Yesterday I made a comment on one of Diaan's pix: http://75.co.za/diaan/2010/09/29
I made this comment on the basis that I didn't feel the photograph celebrated the sensuality or sexuality of this woman at all. The image made me feel uneasy & in the moment after viewing this work I felt (strongly, at the time) that I wanted to voice how I felt about this. Everyone has a right to their opinion, right? !! right. I am posting this because some graphers have asked me why I removed my comments & there are 2 reasons... Firslty, I felt the comments were taken personally (I'm an artist myself & fully understand the argument that we are attached to our work because we invest in it emotionally) but I also feel that we should be open and not oversensitive to critique. I think we can all learn to take critique gracefully - and value opinions others may have that differ from our own. My comment was not a personal attack - but I felt that the tone of the replies to my comments became personal. Secondly, the space had become gendered. As a woman, I felt like I was being pushed to the margins.