'The female photographer'
In the well-menaing battle for gender equality it’s tempting to trumpet the exploits of female creatives in order to garner more widespread appreciation for their work. I’ve been noticing this more and more amongst journalists in the creative arena. In almost all of the interviews I’ve had in various editorials the same question of what it’s like to be a ‘female photographer’ comes up.
It’s this implicit assertion that the experience of photography, or other creative forms, are somehow segregated according to your gender disposition. In other words the interviewer is still enforcing gender divisions by assuming in the framing of their questions.
If you promote one gender over another you grant that gender special rights over others which has two negative effects against equality. Firstly you favour one group over another and secondly you suggest that the capabilities of your favoured group (in this case women) are somehow inferior and require special promotion in order to attain equality. Both of these I reject in favour of a culture that doesn’t judge my abilities or intelligence based on my gender. I’m a photographer, that fact I happen to be female should be irrelevant when judging the standard of my work.
I’d love to know your thoughts.?