Let’s talk about poverty porn

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Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English? There aren’t a lot of people who would put it this way. But in essence, that’s what we’re after.

Enter the provocative term: ‘poverty porn’ – written or visual media, which exploits the condition of the poor to generate sales and donations.

As communicators and PR professionals for NGOs and agencies, we’re always looking for compelling stories that grab attention. But at what cost? Here’s the top 3 fiercely debated issues related to poverty porn.

1. Simplifying a complex issue

Poverty has many faces with no one simple solution. As Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says: “the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” Putting a visual entity is dangerous.

Untitled Source: http://economicstudents.com/2014/07/measuring-global-poverty/

2. “Westerner to the rescue”

The young child with a swollen, starving belly; tears ripening in their eyes, running down…

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