the tisraeli republic.

Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the small dogs are above average. All photos © Tara Israel. Contact: tara.israel@me.com
I wrote a short piece for Narratively in response to “Reinventing the Oldest Profession” talking about a few life lessons I have learned documenting the sex industry over the last few years.  Please CLICK THROUGH to read my full essay.  The photos are also mine, taken at SlutWalk NYC 2011.

I wrote a short piece for Narratively in response to “Reinventing the Oldest Profession” talking about a few life lessons I have learned documenting the sex industry over the last few years.  Please CLICK THROUGH to read my full essay.  The photos are also mine, taken at SlutWalk NYC 2011.

SlutWalk NYC. Photos by Tara Israel.

Well hello there.  My blog has been a little neglected recently, but that is because I have been tending to a few projects in the works (including a show in December!).  As the temperature drops I will start chipping away on the fraggle of unedited film that has taken over my studio.  I did feel that the images I took today were too important to just add to the pile (and also break my rule of keeping my opinions to myself).  Today was was the SlutWalk in NYC, a rally that has made its way around the world and around the news.  We should never judge intentions by appearance, and how one dresses does not equal consent.  A cloud of political unrest has fallen over NYC, most publicly with Occupy Wall Street, but there was something particularly powerful about the message of this rally.  This goes beyond the government and the economy.  Yes, a flawed system will ultimately perpetuate flawed behavior, but when it comes to the issue so many people gathered in Union Square today over the solution is simple and starts with the individual.  Respect each other.  Love one another.  Never assume you know what someone wants.  Never assume you know what someone is thinking.  Never be too proud to recognize when you are in the wrong.  To all the protesters out there fighting the “man”- the change we want will only come if we start working as a team.  It’s time to stop fighting and start taking care of each other.  There is hope.  We just all need to work from a place of love and strength to change those filled with hate.

Well hello there.  My blog has been a little neglected recently, but that is because I have been tending to a few projects in the works (including a show in December!).  As the temperature drops I will start chipping away on the fraggle of unedited film that has taken over my studio.  I did feel that the images I took today were too important to just add to the pile (and also break my rule of keeping my opinions to myself).  Today was was the SlutWalk in NYC, a rally that has made its way around the world and around the news.  We should never judge intentions by appearance, and how one dresses does not equal consent.  A cloud of political unrest has fallen over NYC, most publicly with Occupy Wall Street, but there was something particularly powerful about the message of this rally.  This goes beyond the government and the economy.  Yes, a flawed system will ultimately perpetuate flawed behavior, but when it comes to the issue so many people gathered in Union Square today over the solution is simple and starts with the individual.  Respect each other.  Love one another.  Never assume you know what someone wants.  Never assume you know what someone is thinking.  Never be too proud to recognize when you are in the wrong.  To all the protesters out there fighting the “man”- the change we want will only come if we start working as a team.  It’s time to stop fighting and start taking care of each other.  There is hope.  We just all need to work from a place of love and strength to change those filled with hate.