Photographer under fire for ‘horrifyingly sexist’ family photo.


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Hannah Hawkes Photography Facebook page was flooded with criticism after she shared a quirky Christmas photo that one of her clients had requested.

The picture shows Mum, Dad and three children, with the Mum and the girls wearing duct tape over their mouths and their hands bound in Christmas lights, and the Dad holding the ‘Peace on Earth’ sign.

I myself glanced at it and thought “OH! Dad and little bro finally have some peace and quiet now.” Which is exactly what the family and the photographer were aiming at.

weird xmas pic

But not everyone saw it that way. One person wrote: “I can’t believe a female photographer would take part in something so demeaning and damaging to women and girls. Women being deprived of their voices by men is no laughing matter. It wasn’t cute. It wasn’t humorous. It was horrifying.”

Facebook have since removed the image, and the photographer said she has been ‘called every name in the book, and have received some very hateful and vulgar comments and messages.’

Hannah wrote:

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“After being silent, now isn’t that ironic, I would like to speak! I have been called every name in the book, and have received some very hateful and vulgar comments and messages. I would like to say that as a female I do NOT and have never promoted violence to women! I do not support abuse, or the degradation of women. My controversial photo was taken by request by the family, and was in no way meant to promote abuse. This photo was taken with humor in mind, and was meant as a comical Christmas photo. I personally know this family, and have known them for many years. They are not abusive to their children in any shape or form. Also, I would like to add that no one was harmed during the process! So everyone have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and MAY GOD BLESS you and yours”

Her above status has received over 2000 replies.

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  • As a private photo just as a giggle …not a worry.
    Posting it publicly…. not the smartest idea.


  • I find it disturbing. Was it really necessary to tie their hands? Not funny and doesn’t send a very good message to their kids in my opinion


  • Think this is quite Silly


  • It’s hard thing being involved in the public eye these days. Everything is overlooked and reprimanded. There is a certain ideology that duct taped mouths and hands in handcuffs give. It may have been a poorly planned layout and pose but that’s too the discretion of the family and photographer. Sure my first thought was “what the hell is going here? I don’t get it?” it does look somewhat on the bad side but it also looks non harmful in a way. I don’t agree it’s the right thing but yeah certainly gives one a thought of what’s going here.


  • A bit silly what they did.


  • This photo is just so wrong. I think until women have been given the equality we deserve that humor about silencing us if off.


  • Just an oversight on the photographer’s part should of thought about it a little more. People are very touchy these days.


  • I don’t find it rather funny abit sexist but each to their own if they wanted it that way!


  • Each to their own. If the family requested this picture then the photographer should not get criticism for it.


  • I didn’t think too much about it. In fact, I had a quick glance at the photo and quickly moved on. No opinion either way really.


  • I am a female & I think it is very funny & I am sure it was done with a little tongue in the cheek…
    my husband is always joking that I could talk under wet cement!


  • Poor taste Hannah. You may not agree with the degradation of women or promote violence or abuse to the females, but I don’t wonder why you coped abuse and hate mail over this. You set yourself up for it. Didn’t you think before you put this on post? You suffered the consequences of your actions. What response were you hoping to received? Your actions were thoughtless and foolish. From a women who has suffered being kept quiet from relationships I have had with men who have abused me in every physical and mental way, for me, seeing this picture sent alarm bells ringing. As I said first up, POOR TASTE HANNAH! You need to practise more sensitivity and thoughtfulness before you post anything on site.


  • Umm – I find it a bit offensive, but I also understand the intended joke. Maybe they should have kept it private.


  • It’s just a photo idea. I’ve seen heaps more offensive photos like of models re in acting murder scene with blood on them. Now that was disturbing.


  • maybe the point of this article should be that other people might not get your humour so don’t post this stuff to the internet lol.


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