Jana Romanova, from the series “Waiting” (2011)
“This is one of the first photographs I took for “Waiting,” which I worked on from 2009 through 2012, a series of photographs of young Russian couples expecting babies. My idea was to show the relationship without having the couple pose for the camera—photographing them early in the morning, sleeping in their bedroom. It was an attempt to get the idea of love into the photograph. When we sleep, we don’t really control what we are doing, but these unconscious moments are quite revealing.”
"The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down."
"In the secluded woods surrounding Philadelphia, Zimmerman’s Pietists would live in celibate simplicity, anxiously waiting for “that happy day,” wrote follower Johann Gottfried Seelig, “which when its new Earth swallows all that forementioned Floud and where its glorious Sun causeth all other Stars and Phoenomena to disappear, no Night succeeds it, but that the Night is swallowed up in ye Day, Darkness into Light, Death into Life, Judgment into Victory, Justice into Mercy, all imperfect Metals into Gold, and Gold itself is refined seven times, and all Churches and Virgins comprised into the one Dove …. the Sons of God will shout for joy as they did in the Beginning, when God was all in all, as he will be all in all, when again the Earth hath found its beginning.”"
"The Cold War split [in the human rights language] basically was where the US insisted on civil and political rights, while the Soviets and various authoritarian countries insisted that this was a bourgeois trap and what was important were social and economic rights. One aspect of the Cold War was fought out over which interpretation was valid, and with the collapse of the Soviets, triumph of capitalism and rise of US hegemony, we know who won that battle. So it is civil and political rights which are enforced and those to do with fundamental issues of torture, genocide (which is fine — I would have been for military intervention in Rwanda, when push came to shove, to prevent the violence that happened). But you cannot divorce these questions from capitalism, poverty and deep exploitation, from the whole way in which the sub-Saharan African continent has been made the world’s basket case in terms of economic development. All of these issues have to be addressed as well. I do believe in the undivided character of human rights and there remains important work to show how inadequate it is to wrench out one set of rights from their connections with the others."
Nancy Fraser, on the multidimensional nature of human rights