It’s not because of the money.
It’s true that under the law, you have some kind of right to your own public image. You have a right to keep private images private. You have a right not to be embarrassed by things that were kept carefully secret. And there’s sometimes money involved there. And I don’t worry about those things, because celebrities have a cadre of lawyers and agents and contracts at their disposal, and if there’s money to be gained it will be.
So, it’s not because of the money.
It’s because of the reactions. Have you seen them?
- “Well maybe don’t take naked pictures.”
- “Don’t trust the cloud.”
- “They’ve put out their naked image before, now they want to act like that image should be private?”
- “The media talking about it just convinces our teenage boys to go looking for these images and makes it worse!”
At the risk of sliding right off the deep end, let me make some comparisons here:
- “Well maybe you shouldn’t have worn such a short skirt.”
- “Don’t get drunk.”
- “If you’ve had sex with him/her before, s/he can take that as consent going forward.”
- “We’re going to ruin those poor boys’ lives.”
Stop. Stop this now. Nobody has a right to anybody else’s body. Not in images. Not in physical reality. Not by theft. Not by hacking. Not by abuse. Not by force. Not by coercion. Not by ANY DAMN WAY YOU CAN GET IT WITHOUT FULL, ENTHUSIASTIC, MUTUAL CONSENT.
How many times has this happened with male celebrities? How many times has George Clooney’s phone been hacked and nude photos taken? I haven’t heard about Jared Padalecki’s iPhone being hacked when I turn on Entertainment Tonight. And it’s not like men aren’t taking pictures of themselves naked. Have you been on dating websites lately? Craigslist? It’s penises for DAYS. So you can’t tell me that naked selfies are a feminine phenomenon.
Yet, it’s always images of women that are stolen and distributed. It’s always images of women that “cause a scandal.” Think of how invasive that is. That as a person who identifies as female, you don’t even have the right to the storage your risque selfies take. That at any time, any person can take those and display them to the world, because your right to privacy is worth that little.
Tell me that’s not fucked up.
Tell me that’s not where the devaluation of women’s bodies starts.
Tell me it’s just about the money.
I’ll be waiting.