Slut Shaming And Cyber Theft And Are YOU A Perpetrator

Chloe Pedley Sep 4, 2014 0 comments 0

Unless you have been living under a rock (And admittedly I spend a great deal of time under a rock) you would know that several hundred pictures of celebrity women were stolen and posted online. Now fess up here, did you seek out the photos? Were you overwhelmed by curiosity to see celebrities nude? And in doing so, are you nearly as guilty as the thief who stole the pictures?

This has sickened me. Apparently because these women are celebrities, they are public property. Apparently because they are women they shouldn't be taking nude selfies and storing them on their phone, or the cloud, and according to what seems to be the overwhelming public opinion they are to blame for their pictures being posted online.

Hold the phone!

At no point did these women consent to their pictures being accessed.

At no point did they consent to their pictures being shared.

What the hacker who Stole these photos did was a crime. And a Sex Crime as far as we here at Polkadotsi are concerned.BwclwLFIgAAqTv3

What is more disturbing is the attitude of the general public, with celebrities like Ricky Gervais (who we normally love, but his humour is in really poor taste this time) tweeted that the women should make it harder for hackers to steal their photos by.... not taking them in the first place. Can we spell Slut Shaming with a capital S please Mr Gervais?

Here's the problem:

Humans are sexual creatures. Sometimes we express our beautiful creativity with nude pictures of ourselves. Those pictures are for us and who we consent to sharing them with. None of the celebrities who's pictures were stolen are any less moral/worthy/sexually permissive/ than they were before the pictures were stolen.

  • They are not sluts.
  • They are not now available for ogling, judgement, or critique.
  • They are not the property of the general internet at large.

They are victims of a sex crime, and if the perpetrator is caught, we truly hope that they are punished as such.

We're with Lena Dunham on this one:

 

“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,”

 

 

A footnote:

We have actively chosen not to reference the high profile names in our headline - we feel that those folks who are actively seeking out non-consensual pictures of naked women are nearly as guilty as the folks who shared them, and frankly, Polkadotsi ain't down with that.

 

 

Chloe Pedley
Founder at Polkadotsi
Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband.
She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.

Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband. She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.