Denkens_Wertes: French_Vogue_Cover_Choker

Dear reader, provocation and the use of disturbing images has always been a marketing and pr tool. But has Vogue France gone too far this time by putting model Steph Seymour on the cover being choked from behind by Mr. Texeira? According to many online reports the french publishers habe already received letters and protests from women's rights organizations protesting against the "glorification" of an act that actually stands for domestic violence against women. According to those reports the photographer in charge, Terry Richarson has formerly been accused of sexually harassing a model. I do not want to put any blame on incidents I have not more information on but the whole issue makes me feel incomfortable. To quote from one of the letters....The letter added: 'A 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine study of murders of women in 11 cities found that 43per cent of women who were killed by intimate partners had experienced at least one previous episode of choking before being killed. 

'That is why, in 2010, New York State made choking a violent felony, and advocates, prosecutors, police officers and survivors throughout the State have embraced the law as a way to save women’s lives.
'In New York, your magazine appears on numerous newsstands and has enormous reach with young men and women. 
'While this cover was perhaps intended to shock and thrill potential readers, the truly shocking fact is that it glorifies violence against women as an act of love'.

I do feel strongly enough about this issue to not publicize the cover and give Vogue the attention they have been seeking.
So what do you think? Fashion provocation or has a red line been crossed.
Groups protest Vogue's choking photo | JIMROMENESKO.COM