IM GOING TO STAB MYSELF IN THE FOOT I JUST SENT MY ENGLISH TEACHER MY ESSAY ON HAMLET AND IT WAS STILL NAMED “the fresh prince of denmark yo holla”
oh man, i love receiving unedited final drafts:
cracks me up every time
*quietly mumbles* some feminists aren’t asswads
*stares at ground* I don’t think cis people are horrible
*covers head with arms* men aren’t horrible either
*hugs a puppy* white people aren’t horrible either
*hides under a blanket* groups aren’t asswads, individuals are asswads
*curls into fetal position* i just want everyone to love each other
Congratulation! You’re my first anon hate ever. Feel proud, mate.
You know, as a heterosexual, 20 something, man, it would seem that I am the ‘target audience’ as it would be for ‘The Fappening’ thing that’s going on right now. For those of you unaware, on both 4chan and reddit, some user has been releasing hundreds of nude pictures of celebrities that the user claimed to have hacked from various cloud services. No links, because fuck giving any of the places that are hosting them traffic. If you want to see them, on your own head be it.
I think we can all agree that this is insanely creepy, and shows a very depressing way of how many of the internet views women. Some people may argue that by being a celebrity, one necessarily forfeits some degree of privacy. It is simply the necessary outcome of being in the public eye. To some degree, this is true…however, like with almost everyone else, there needs to be the ‘reasonable person’ standard in place. A reasonable person upon seeing a celebrity in public, sure, maybe asking to take a picture with them is entirerly reasonable. Taking pictures of them at public appearances? Once again, totally ok. Stalking them constantly in the hope of getting a good picture? Not cool. Hacking into their computer systems to steal their private pictures? Definitely not cool and legally wrong. Let’s be clear, regardless of what else it is, it is theft. They owned those pictures. I know the internet takes a collective shit on intellectual property, but I felt like establishing that by taking and distributing those pictures against the will of the picture’s owner is a degree of property theft is important in and of itself.
On to the sexist element of it, it’s completely self evident. Usually, I’m fine with porn. If a woman (or man. Or any gender/sex) wishes to exchange images or video of themselves for cash, then there’s no problem (assuming of course that consent was given and they were not unduly pressured to do so). It’s their body, and they have a right to do what they wish to and with it. In this scenario, there was no consent whatsoever. This is bad enough, but to make it worse? The asshole who did this leak, is offering to leak more pictures in exchange for currency. Now, as I said, if someone gives consent for their sexuality to be monetised, then there is no problem, assuming—once again—consent and lack of pressure. However, the fact that someone has stolen their private images, and is now monetising them is just simply viewing these women as nothing more than commodity. It’s degrading these talented, hard working women, to a pair of boobs that you can sell. Making it even worse is that the vast majority of comments online I’ve seen about this have been variations of “I’ll be in my bunk” and wishing that the leak had included people like Emma Watson and Scarlett Johannson.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit: I am a heterosexual man. I have not had a relationship, ever, so you can draw your own conclusions from there. I spend much of my time on the internet. I find these women extremely attractive. I fall perfectly into the group of people who are celebrating this leak as a day of glory that all these beautiful celebrities that many have fantasised about for a long time. However, this just disgusts me on multiple levels. I’m furious that so many people’s only reaction to this is ‘Oh, how horrible…now I’m going to masturbate to this,’ or ‘Damn, this is horrible! How come MORE people’s privacy weren’t violated?’ The fact that people are paying money for this just…keeps making it wore. I don’t even know anymore.
All I know is that this is bad, and I feel ashamed to be a part of this gender and social group.