Taylor Yocom

Taylor Yocom is a 22-year old photography student from the University of Iowa who created ‘Guarded’, a photography project that documents the items that women keep on their person as makeshift weapons to protect themselves from physical attacks.

According to Yocum, the objects the women in her photos are holding represent a “larger reality of victim blaming” and are the “physical manifestation of the realities that women have to face every day”.

More photos can be found on Yocom’s website, while the above quotes are from her interview with Buzzfeed News.


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