Silly Woman, Cameras are for Men!

I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if I did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them. Or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers...
— Claire Boucher

So take this quote, and then exchange "musicians" with "photographers," or any other trade for that matter. I hate that this post even has to be made. I've experienced a lot of this lately, this rampant "boy's club" that seems to pervade the "professional" photographers I've encountered in recent weeks. Now, don't get me wrong, some male photographers are real gems- but usually by the time they become real masters in their craft, they realize the contribution and revolution female photographers have provided to the art form. 

I've even been told, with great condescension, when requesting a specific piece of equipment that they did not approve of that I had no idea what I needed for a session. 

I get it, there are a lot of half-assed photographers out there. Female AND male. But if you're going to automatically assume that a young female photographer has absolutely no idea what she's talking about, please double-think your assumptions about one's skill level. 

And please, leave your MWAC comments at home. Do you know who was a MWAC? Sally Mann. And if you aren't familiar with her, perhaps you should do a little research. 

I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living. I don’t want my words to be taken out of context. I don’t want to be infantilized because I refuse to be sexualized ... I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected.
— Claire Boucher
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