Choices and Consequences

I’ve never heard anyone respond to financial hacking by saying, Just don’t use online banking. That’s what you get for using credit cards.

There’s a difference between using credit cards on-line or doing on-line banking and keeping nude photographs on-line. There are laws and well-known protocols for keeping credit cards and on-line banking safe. Everyone who works in those systems is painfully aware of the consequences of failure.

Keeping nude pictures of a woman on-line is a less well-known process, unless they’re retail assets on an adults-only site. In that case, the question isn’t, “Will they be seen,” but rather, “Will we be properly compensated for them?” Photosharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and even Apple’s cloud storage aren’t designed for that problem, nor are they designed for securing financial transactions. They’re designed for photo sharing. Yes, they’re password protected. Yes, they use secure sockets. But that’s not the level of complexity, security, and inconvenience your bank or stock broker uses.

The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures.

Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It’s not okay.

Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they’re a sex offender.

The “don’t take naked pics if you don’t want them online” argument is the “she was wearing a short skirt” of the web. Ugh.

I’m sorry, Lena Dunham, but, no. Theft of intellectual property, even of a sexual nature, does not make one a “sex offender.” You’re conflating embarrassment and possible shame with physical violation. And there’s also a difference between wearing a short skirt, which can be done without shame (assuming the skirt is short enough, and I acknowledge differing ideas of how short is too short), and letting someone take nude pictures of you and them storing them on-line, even for private use only. It’s possible to hack an on-line storage account and find lots of pictures with names like NKN00893.JPG without knowing if those are nudes or not. Yes, someone crosses a line when they process their ill-gained booty and decide to publish or broadcast the nudes, especially if it’s because it’s a famous actress, but storing those pictures on-line in the first place is a contributing factor to their disclosure.

I’m not saying that the people who stored those pictures online are solely to blame, but they fact that someone else bears most of the blame doesn’t exonerate those who took those pictures or chose to share them online.

I understand why some people are so militant against American society’s prudish attitudes towards sex and sexuality, but I swear to God, some of those same people have no limits on how much they’ll support. There are still some things in the world that just shouldn’t be done. Apparently, someone with legitimately acquired nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence did one of them.

Some other days, I’ll rant about inappropriate clothes for little girls.


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