As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday. The victims include the likes of Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer. But the focal point for this story has been Hunger Games/American Hustle actress Jennifer Lawrence, since the Oscar winning actress is perhaps the most famous actress on the planet right now. Without going into sordid details ( Justice and Grande have claimed their respective photos are fake, others have confirmed they are real), I’d like to make two very specific points. Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.
Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or sexual gratification.
Scott Mendelson (http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/09/01/jennifer-lawrence-nude-photo-leak-isnt-a-scandal-its-a-sex-crime/) (via jlawandcompany)
I mean, I’m not saying that we can enforce this as law or anything. I also might be wrong about this. But:
Just as a general rule, I feel like we should not look at pictures of the breasts or genitalia of people who would rather we not look at pictures of their breasts or genitalia.
As a corollary to that general rule, I would add that I don’t see anything wrong with looking at pictures of breasts or genitalia of people who have invited us to do so. There seem to be plenty such pictures for us to get a reasonably good grasp of, like, the diversity of unclothed human anatomy without having to look at people who wish we wouldn’t.
This seems pretty straightforward to me. Yes, the photographer(s) who photographed Kate Middleton’s grainy distant breasts were violating her privacy. But so do people who choose to look at those pictures.
So maybe we can just agree not to? And this goes not only for princesses, I would argue, but also for people who send things to their romantic partners, who turn out to be jerks and release those photos publicly. Or people whose phones are hacked. etc.
In this world where most every curiosity can be satiated, it seems to me genuinely heroic to resist the urge to look at everything that can be seen, and instead to respect the wishes of those who feel violated or hurt by the availability of images they wish were private.
Seemed a good day to reblog this.
Reblog this if you refuse to reblog/post the recently leaked images involving Jennifer Lawrence (or any other celebrity for that matter).
- Tumblr: Only a heartless person would scroll pa-
- Me: *Scrolls past*
- 1. Had sex?
- 2. Bought condoms?
- 3. Gotten pregnant?
- 4. Failed a class?
- 5. Kissed a boy?
- 6. Kissed a girl?
- 7. Used a little paper bag for lunch?
- 8. Had a job?
- 9. Slipped on ice?
- 10. Missed the school bus?
- 11. Left the house without my wallet?
- 12. Bullied someone on the internet?
- 13. Sexted?
- 14. Had sex in public?
- 15. Played on a sports team?
- 16. Smoked weed?
- 17. Smoked cigarettes?
- 18. Smoked a cigar?
- 19. Drank alcohol?
- 20. Watched “The Breakfast Club”?
- 21. Been overweight?
- 22. Been underweight?
- 23. Had an eating disorder?
- 24. Been to a wedding?
- 25. Made fun of someone for being fat?
- 26. Been on the computer for 5 hours straight?
- 27. Watched TV for 5 hours straight?
- 28. Been late for work?
- 29. Been late for school?
- 30. Kissed in the rain?
- 31. Showered with someone else?
- 32. Failed my driver’s test?
- 33. Ran a mile in less than 10 minutes?
- 34. Been outside my home country?
- 35. Been on a road trip longer than 5 hours?
- 36. Had lice?
- 37. Gotten my heart broken?
- 38. Had a credit card?
- 39. Been to a professional sports game?
- 40. Broken a bone?
- 41. Been unhappy about my weight?
- 42. Won a trophy?
- 43. Cut myself?
- 44. Had an STD?
- 45. Got engaged?
- 46. Been on a diet?
- 47. Tried out to be on a TV show?
- 48. Rode in a taxi?
- 49. Been to prom?
- 50. Played a drinking game?
- 51. Stayed up for 24 hours or more?
- 52. Been to a concert?
- 53. Had a three-some?
- 54. Had a crush on someone of the same sex?
- 55. Been in a car accident?
- 56. Had braces?
- 57. Learned another language?
- 58. Killed an animal?
- 59. Been at a yard sale?
- 60. Been to a Japanese steakhouse?
- 61. Wore make up?
- 62. Talked to someone via webcam?
- 63. Lost my virginity before I was 16?
- 64. Had my wisdom teeth taken out?
- 65. Kissed someone a different race than myself?
- 66. Snuck out of the house?
- 67. Bought porn?
- 68. Had a virus on my computer?
- 69. Had oral sex?
- 70. Dyed my hair?
- 71. Gone skinny dipping?
- 72. Graduated from college?
- 73. Wore someone else’s clothes? M
- 74. Voted in a presidential election?
- 75. Rode in an ambulance?
- 76. Rode in a helicopter?
- 77. Caught the stove on fire?
- 78. Got in a verbal fight?
- 79. Met someone famous?
- 80. Been on vacation?
- 81. Been on a boat?
- 82. Been on an airplane?
- 83. Broken something expensive?
- 84. Had surgery?
- 85. Kissed someone before I was 14?
- 86. Beat a video game?
- 87. Found something valuable on the ground?
- 88. Made a survey?
- 89. Stalked someone on a social network?
- 90. Prank called someone?
- 91. Spent over $100 shopping in one day?
- 92. Been to a library outside of school?
- 93. Cut my hair and hated it?
- 94. Peed outside?
- 95. Went fishing?
- 96. Helped with charity?
- 97. Taken a pregnancy test?
- 98. Been rejected by a crush?
- 99. Been suspended from school?
- 100. Broken a mirror?
Logic professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)
In the twilight of morphling, Peeta whispers the word and I go searching for him. It’s a gauzy, violet-tinted world, with no hard edges, and many places to hide. I push through cloud banks, follow faint tracks, catch the scent of cinnamon, of dill. Once I feel his hand on my cheek and try to trap it, but it dissolves like mist through my fingers.
The world is terrifying right now. There’s a full blown civil war looming in Libya, Russians invading the sovereign nation of Ukraine, an extremist army in Iraq and Syria trying to control the region, Israel and Gaza are still at war, black people are being killed for their skin color, and women are still being demeaned. I wonder what’s going to happen next. There’s just too much chaos.
It is always terrifying. Women have never had a real position of equality, people of various races (especially balck people in recent history) have always been looked down upon and attacked, and the world has never had peace.
It is just scary because now we can view it from a global perspective.