Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's talk about naked photos

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What a shock. An asshole hacked into the accounts of several celebrities (all women, of course) and leaked their nude photos. While I don't doubt that Buzzfeed's Anne Helen Petersen is correct and the leak won't affect how the general public views Jennifer Lawrence, that doesn't change that she had her privacy grossly violated.

Even if the majority of people on earth sympathize with Lawrence, it still won't delete the private photos that are now all over the internet for every gross dipshit to pass along to their friends. And not simply pass along, but justify passing along as if Lawrence were the one at fault for the leak.

And that's what really gets me. That Lawrence is basically at fault because she had the gall to take a naked photo.

I guess the logic is that she should've known her nudie pics were a hot commodity so if she didn't want them leaked all over the internet, she should've kept her goddamn clothes on. But here's the thing, we participate in activities every day that have an inherent risk, whether you're getting in your car to drive to work or simply lighting a candle in your apartment.

Jennifer Lawrence doesn't have to explain why she took the pictures of herself, and the fact that they exist and that she might be more at risk of a leak than the average person, doesn't mean she's therefore inviting the world to look at her naked.

Participating in something that has risk involved is called fucking living. Everyone does it every single day.

If you want to gawk at the photos, go gawk at them, but don't act like you're doing anything but participating in her invasion of privacy.

Let's also stop pretending that her being famous makes it more okay to look at the photos. We get that we don't actually own famous people, right? We aren't entitled to every bit of them just because they get paid a lot and are in the public eye.

What's more, it doesn't matter if you personally think naked photos shouldn't be such a big deal--Jennifer Lawrence and all of the other women involved did not give consent to the release of these photos. They don't want you to view them. So shouldn't that make us feel pretty gross for passing them around?

And if you're still oh-so confused about why someone might take a naked photo--who the fuck cares? Why does anybody do anything? Maybe they send their boyfriend/girlfriend a daily boob shot. Maybe they want to create a photo album of themselves naked. Maybe they're in a long-distance relationship and that's how they keep it exciting. What does it matter?

If you don't want to do it, don't do it. And if you think it's slutty, then clutch your pearls. But women (and men) should be allowed to take naked photos of themselves and choose who gets to see them without the threat that someone is going to hack into their private data and disseminate the images all over the internet. Fuck, does that really need to be said?


  1. I hope they find whoever it is. This is more than just an invasion of privacy. It does feel gross that they are being passed around without the consent of the women. Everyone should be able to take pictures of themselves of any kind they want, celebrity or not.

  2. I saw on the scrolling marquee on E that if ANYONE is caught sharing this photo, they will be prosecuted. Good. I think whoever did this deserves a whole lot of discipline. This is so invading. Everyone takes nude photos of them selves. It was kept private and hidden. It's not her fault some ignorant hacker took it. Ugh. That made me so mad.

  3. I just recently heard about this. I think it is crazy that someone would do something like this. I really hope they find whoever did this and they get the maximum punishment. I'm sure that guy wouldn't want his man parts all over the damn internet.

  4. I really hope they find the person too. The hacker who leaked Scarlett Johannson's photos was sentenced to 10 years, I think. It's such a shitty thing to do to someone and the justifications for it are ridiculous.

  5. Exactly. It's infuriating that the justifications for passing around the photo are basically, "well she shouldn't have taken naked pictures then." Ugh, go home. I really hope the hacker gets caught.

  6. Right? That's the thing. People want privacy when it suits them but it's totally disregarded when it involves pictures of naked women. Then it becomes, "shouldn't have taken a naked photo!"

  7. I agree! Some of the headlines I've seen about this story are so misleading because of that word. It's just a way to avoid the issue of privacy and make it seem like it's their fault, so ridiculous.

  8. Oh my god, yes. To everything you said. You're right--leaked suggests it just happened to find its way onto the internet instead of someone actively hacking into her private data. Also, the hypocrisy of all those sites you mentioned can be astounding sometimes. But, I mean, yeah, taking a naked picture of yourself. TOTALLY asking for it.

  9. I haven't been a huge fan of the articles that are kind of beside the point too. Like the Buzzfeed article I mentioned. Sure, that article is another point that could be made, but I'd rather focus on how messed up it is that people gleefully spread around photos stolen from these actresses and then give the most bullshit justifications for doing so.

  10. Fuck all of this. And of course it is just women. And of course it is their fault.

    ugh. I'm too upset to form complete thoughts .... so, fuck it all

  11. Seems like that pretty much sums it up!