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Becky I - So Cold by Kiota Becky I - So Cold by Kiota
This is the first of a series I did in a photoshoot in 2003. I was 14 at the time - the model, my sister, was 9.

Quite recently I decided to try and sell the series as prints on Ebay. I posted photo-links to several art communities on Livejournal.com... and discovered the series was extremely controversial. Many people accused the photos of being child porn - a couple said CPS should be involved, etc.

To put it mildly, I was shocked. As a child and a teenager, I was sexually abused and taken advantage of many times and was very offended at my art being called child pornography.

The following is my condensed response:

Why, why, WHY is a photograph of a child who is not fully clothed automatic labeled 'child porn'??

Clothing stores frequently decipt children wearing seductive clothing, posing provacatively, sometimes with sexual slogans on their shirts, etc... and that's okay. But if I, at the age of fifteen, photograph my nine-year-old sister in undershirt and underwear, without her smiling and making come-hither motions, kissing, hand in her pants, or sitting with her legs spread... then suddenly it's child porn because... omg, she's not fully dressed.

FYI, I wasn't taking the pictures with a sexual context in mind. But even if I was...

...suppose I was decipting a young girl... appearing to be nude, curled up in the corner of a bathroom with her head in her arms... yes, that can certainly be seen as sexual. But is it pornographic? Is a child looking frightened, vulnerable, and young somehow erotic? Does it invite to molest her, to hurt her when she's already hurt? Or does it decipt her pain at having been violated?

Or if I photograph a child at a street corner, dressed like a prostitute, posed sexually. Is that inviting pedophiles to jack off to this child... or is it trying to show the sadness of a child forced into such a life?

I once was looking through a book of art in a bookstore, and came across a photo there. It looked, at first glance, like a typical portaint from the late 19th century. A group of men standing in a parlor, all dressed in black, looking somber. And in the center - a young girl, nude, maybe ten years old.

Was it sexual? Yes. Was it pornographic? No. It was an extremely powerful photograph. I could talk for hours about what I thought its meaning was, and I'm sure many other people could find other meanings... but the important thing is, the picture was not remotely erotic or inviting.

There is a HUGE difference between, say, a child photographed masturbating, or a child photographed unwillingly nude... or a child photographed willingly in a situation that COULD be seen as sexual but is not pornographic.

A child doing something obviously sexual or being sexually exploited is ALWAYS wrong, even if it's 'artistic'. But... hey! My photos don't have any (visible) abuse of any kind shown in them, and nothing sexual is happening, and - this part is really amazing - she's not naked.



Prints of this photo are available through DA and through me. If you live in the USA I'd FAR prefer you get the print directly from me - it ends up cheaper for you, and I get a lot more profit (atm I get about two dollars per print). Email me at kiotabandal@gmail.com if you're interested.
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universalartworld Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nice
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brad269 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
This all just proves, again, that people see what their prejudices permit them to see. As LilithSamae16 said four years ago, "...you are very strong to stand up and fight..." Then, now, and always.

~Brad
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NomisTT Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
It is amazing that people would consider this child porn. I am not from the US, and where I come from people are much more relaxed about child nudity. If there is no one exploiting a child, and there is no harm being done, what is the big deal? The thought police are so rampant these days.
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MEW-tiful Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your photo has been used here [link]
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laviedesmortes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Can I draw this but with a few of my own touches? I was too abused as a child, and I feel that this gives a good visual reference to what I would like to portray in my photograph
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Clover-san311 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that's not porn... whoever told you that needs to get a life. i mean you can't even SEE anything so how is it porn!!! is pictures of a little girl in a swimsuit porn too?!?!?!
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ravy626 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
TO KEEP THIS SHORT BECAUSE MY COMPUTER WILL DIE ANY SECOND BUT I REALY LIKE THIS AND AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT PICTURES WITH CHILDREN IN. I SUBMITTED A SERIES OF PAINTINGS OF A PALE LITTLE GIRL WITH BLACK WINGS TO MY ART TEACHER. WHA THAT WASNT SHORT AT ALL
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LilithSamael6 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
This is a wonderful piece and your comments are refreshing, sensible and very reasonable. You are very strong to stand up and fight for reasonable thought and expression like this - considering many who have never been victims of anything take the reactionary route [keeping up appearances].

We have been victims ourselves of several forms of sexual and nonsexual violence - and prefer to take an affirmative and reasonable route in life as opposed to resentment, reactionary chauvinism and indulging in secondary gain.

We are very deeply impressed.
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BonnieElizabeth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
What a cute, little girl... how could some people dare to make it into a piece of pornographic trash? It depence on the person who take a look. I don't see anything pornographic in a little, naked child... Wonderful picture <3
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MEW-tiful Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I stand by you
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