As a person who finds no shame, and even some pride, in my work, I struggle with the decision of whether or not to show my face online. On the one hand, keeping it concealed safeguards my identity. Just as important, keeping my face out of the public eye protects my clients, as I am less likely to be recognized while in their company. It also helps prevent psychos with a vendetta from targeting me. All very good reasons to blur or crop, as I currently chose to do.
On the other hand, I believe that removing my face from the equation puts me in the position of further objectification. It’s primarily been studied in advertising, but taking a women’s face out of frame and selling her sexuality, whether suggestively or literally, creates a myriad of societal problems.
I am always impressed by the women I know who choose to show their face. It’s brave, it’s confident, and, in the case of people I’ve talked to it about with, it’s a decision made with great toil. Once you’re exposed, there’s not going back. There are, of course, several benefits besides the battle for feminism; I happen to like my face, and think of it as an asset. At the end of the day, though, it’s not a position I’m ready to take, at least not yet.