Build em’ up. Knock em’ down.

I had been planning to write a blog on the whole 4Chan hacker for a while and how he hacked into over 100 female celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaking naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others, which are now plastered all over the internet. Then today I got talking to a feminist blogger (bellejar.ca/) that came into work and had recently been interviewed by CTV on the topic, so now here I am writing this.

My initial reaction upon hearing about the leaking of nude pictures of celbrites was anger. How anyone can belive that the theft of someone’s private property can be deemed acceptable is mind boggling. That because these pictures were taken in the first place it renders people unable to show empathy to the victims of this crime. That if these women (and it in most cases women) didn’t want anyone to see these pictures, then why did they take them. This seems to be the most ardent response. To blame the women as opposed to the hacker, who lets not forget, went out of his way to find these pictures, in what most of taken a lot of hard work and time.

What would motivate someone to do this? These pictures were painstakingly stolen. It didn’t happen becuase their iphone passwords weren’t good enough, it happened because someone deliberately comminted a theft. An illegal act committed on purpose not because some hot famous women should have been more careful.  That women in general need to be careful or they’re simply asking for it. If you dress ‘inapproriately’, if you’re drunk, if you walk home by yourself late at night then you are somehow to blame for someone else’s actions.

I don’t often write about things that really hit home, choosing instead to just read or talk about it but this has really got my goat. There seems to be an obsessive culture with building up celebrities, men included, by elevating them to the point of near godlike status only to bask in their eventual downfall and in the case of women this is usually done by shaming their sexuality. Someone stealing these pictures for their own private use would be bad enough but at least the victims would never know, and the rest of us wouldn’t be talking about it but to actively post the pitures on the internet shows that people can not only be disrepectful of others privacy but they fervently disdain it and want to violate it.

 
After all, there is lots pictures on the internet of Jennifer Lawrence and the majority of the other women whose pictures were stolen in scantily clad outfits and even nude pictures in some cases, all of which were taken with their consent, so it’s not like there’s not enough to choose from. If a woman was to pose naked for say the cover of Playboy, it wouldn’t have the same scandoulous appeal as private images stolen from her phone because those playboy images were taken consensually. It is the humiliation factor that people sadly seem to revel in, now known when done to non-celebrities as “revenge porn.” There are whole websites dedicated to such things, with disgruntled ex-boyfriends posting images with the main desired effect being humiliation.
 
Often meaning well but making me even more sad is when people say ‘well what if it was your sister, your mother, your daughter’. Why should the premise in which people can relate to this violation be because dads would be furious if it happened to their daughters. There seems to be a sinister undertone to all this which becomes clear when you read the comments and responses posted on feminist blogs or online arictles and that is of misogyny in the sense that women are there for male consumption. That famous women are public property whether they like it or not.
 
The principal of it, putting feminism aside or that it concerns bodies as opposed to things, is that someone’s private belongings were taken without their consent. Plain and simple. Feminist or flaming misogynist, I think one and all would (hopefully) agree that it is fundamentally wrong.

My two favourite quotes from the whole debacle:

‘I can’t believe Jennifer Lawrence was naked under those clothes this whole time…’ – anonymous

‘She is the Madonna or she is the whore – but she is never free to simply be herself.’ – Emma Nobel

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Feminist Blogger – Anne Thériault (http://bellejar.ca/)

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2 responses to “Build em’ up. Knock em’ down.

  1. The consuming public loves to tear down the people they previously raised to fame, don’t they? I don’t know why that is, but you can see a mix of glee and sadism in their words when they do it.

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