Designer terror-porn now in vogue

From The Age (Australia):

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE purpose of these remarkable, disturbing pictures? Given they’re in Vogue Italia, the primary purpose is to sell clothes. But disregard that truism for a second to consider them.

The cover of the magazine – the international bible of fashion, no less – features a rake-skinny, plague-pallored model undressing. Her skin so flawless and her mouth so blank she could be a mannequin. The setting is unmistakably an airport customs station. Two officers flank her, watching. Voyeurs; and we watch them watching her. One is only identifiable by his hairy arm and wristwatch. She looks at him, stern but impassive. He is dominant, she submissive.

She’s been stopped before a flight. Her exposed legs are the focus of the picture, which masquerades as surveillance. It’s sexual, and odd, but also quite mundane, quite familiar.

Inside the magazine are more pictures from the series, titled State of Emergency, shot by eminent fashion photographer Steven Meisel. The cover is the most benign. The rest move through the cruel, the fetishistic, the misogynistic to the quasi-pornographic. All are firmly based on the new aesthetics of terrorism. As a group they add up to a post-9/11 erotic fantasy; they are terror-porn. MORE

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Belgrade Rocks – 1st anniversary

It was one year ago today that Belgrade was featured in the New York Times in a major feature.

Everyone in Belgrade who found out about it was delighted as it seemed the final proof that things were finally getting much better.

One year on some of the excitement has died down. Political progress has been slow, the Summer clubbing season was dire thanks to random weather and there is just a touch of pessimism in the air.

I hope the process of improvement continues and we get our mojo back in Belgrade this winter.

If you're going to boycott Israel – do it properly!

This came through the post the other day, thought it was quite good…

Subject: If you’re going to boycott Israel – do it properly!

OK. So I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians. That’s fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed up all the facts.

So, you want to boycott Israel? I’ll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it – do it properly. Let me help you.

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