Last week, I wrote about the controversial picture of Cherid Barkaoun.
Someone emailed me with another episode in the Algerian history that was intertwined with photography and here it is: In 1987, Malek Alloula, an Algerian poet who lives in France published a book called, The Colonial Harem.
The book was a collection of postcards that displayed an Africa that never was–an Africa of European imagination, an Africa of exotic dancers and nubile odalisques. ” or ”The Cracked Jug.” Many postcards supposedly displaying Algeria of that time composed of women in elaborately draped trousers, embroidered vests, exorbitant beads and jewelled turbans.
For 30 years at the beginning of this century, these cards were brought onto the European market by photographers like the Swiss Jean Geyser.
They transmitted back a message of superiority, and of exotic details of the African interior to Europe.
They served as surrogates for the need for political and military conquest and for further investments in the French colonial ventures in Africa.
Alloula does not focus on the biographies of the models (most of them were nameless anyway) or their reasons for posing, but instead on the oppression, violence and degradation the former colonial masters brought about in Africa.
This map shows the female legal age of consent for heterosexual sex in different countries around the world.
The age of consent is the age at which a young person is legally able to understand and agree to consensual sex.
In most countries, until you reach this age it is illegal for somebody to have sex with you, however old they may be.
Sometimes the law is slightly different when the partners are of a similar age, but there is usually still a minimum age below which sex is always illegal.
The major reason given for these laws is to protect young people, often called "minors," from exploitation.
Some age of consent laws also prohibit showing pornography to minors.
Some laws also could be considered benificial because they prohibit giving drugs (such as alcohol) to minors.