Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Off Topic Tuesday: Delete your nudes, delete your nudes, delete your nuuuuuuudes!

So unless you've been living under a rock on one of the new found planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, you've no doubt have heard about the recent hacking and leaking of several celebrities private pictures. The body count so far is Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, Katie Cassidy, WWE (probably soon to be former) wrestler Paige, and probably more. You would think that after the earlier notorious leaks that the celebrity sector would at least try to exercise the bare minimum of security and delete those pictures off their phones and cloud storage after doing whatever they intend to do with them. Or attempt to conceal their identities so that if the content does get leaked, they'll have some deniability.

Regardless, it's an egregious violation of their privacy that has become all too common these days. The fact that these women or any women for that matter have taken such personal pictures isn't the issue because their bodies belong to them and no one else. That they chose to share those pictures with other people is their own business. None of this entitles those same pictures and other content to be shared with the public without their consent and that's when their privacy is violated.

I don't really understand the appeal, myself. If you're really set on seeing a celebrity such as Amanda Seyfried au naturel, then just google for any number of pictures she's done nudity in. Chloe? Lovelace? Undoubtedly tons more. The same applies with many others who have bared it on camera, so leaking or even just looking at their private pictures is more than just wanting to see a pair of breasts. I think on some level, there's a mentality that if you leak them or disperse them or look at them that you're "taking them down a peg" or "teaching them a lesson" for taking the pictures or recording the videos in the first place. I don't doubt for a second that that was the reason why Emma Watson - a prominent and very vocal feminist - was hacked and leaked. It goes to the idea that women shouldn't be sexually expressive creatures, that to do so is immoral and the leaks are a form of public slut-shaming. We're not as progressive as we like to think and things like this just go to show how far we still have to go.

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