"Looking at naked photos of someone who doesn’t want us to goes beyond voyeurism; it’s abuse."


Thu, Sep 4th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

After the celebrity data theft, which included nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities, The Atlantic's Jessica Valenti argues that, since there isn't a lack of nudity on the Internet, we should "restrict ourselves to photos of people who actually want us to see them nude. "

If Jennifer Lawrence was to pose naked on the cover of Playboy, for example, I’m sure it would be a best-selling issue. But it wouldn’t have the same scandalous, viral appeal as private images stolen from her phone. Because if she shared nude images consensually, then people wouldn’t get to revel in her humiliation. And that’s really the point, isn’t it? To take a female celebrity down a notch? (We have a term for when this is done to non-celebrity women: “revenge porn.”)

Gizmodo's Brian Barrett thinks that phones should come with a private photo mode. Perhaps, especially in this era of NSA-spying, one should use a smartphone much like one would behave in public.



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