As just about everyone with access to the internet knows, last Sunday hundreds of actresses had their naked bodies splayed across computer screens around the world. Using an image-sharing site called 4Chan, a notorious hacker used a back entrance to iCloud to exploit various women in Hollywood. This is sexual assault, and what not all realize is that repeatedly viewing these pictures is too.
Quickly, big names in Hollywood took to social media sites to condemn this disgusting situation – Lena Dunham, Seth Rogen and Emma Watson to name a few. This is when the interesting response took a turn not many expected: the actresses in the pictures were not the ones blamed but defended by fellow stars and regular people alike.
Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence are among the exposed and all most people can say is that this is awful. In this day and age, it is not uncommon for private information to be leaked to the public. That does not mean it should just be overlooked and accepted. This event has spiked a global cyber-debate; should attention be turned to the issue of what’s done in private or to the lack of privacy and respect in today’s society?
Everyone has been warned since the early days of the interwebs that ‘private’ info has the potential to swiftly become public, but the blame should not be placed on the women who took such pictures. They have a right to their body, and, since they turned eighteen, they have a right to do what they want with it. However, I can almost guarantee these pictures were intended for the eyes of less than 3 people at MOST and that’s where rights come into play. Just because these pictures became accessible to someone does not mean they should’ve been accessed or that the public should view them.
‘Girls’ writer and star Dunham expressed her thoughts on the matter early last week saying:
She continued with an iconic choice of words:
Lena references the eternal debate surrounding rape and other sexual offenses, which some believe women have “asked for it” by wearing “racy” clothing. Totally ridiculous and jaw-dropping, right? This is equally as ridiculous as suggesting women shouldn’t take naked pictures because they may end up online.
Here’s the bottom line – the hacker is a sex offender and it is partaking in sexual assault every time those pictures are looked at. In terms of the Internet, it has to be respected and so does the privacy of each user. When I say privacy, I mean the privacy each human being is entitled to on and off of the Internet. You wouldn’t walk up to someone and rip her clothes off in public, would you?
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