The theft via cell phone hacking of countless nude photos, real or doctored, of various female celebrities is not a ‘scandal’ to be mocked and teased about as if it were a public wardrobe malfunction or a gaffe. It should not be treated with quippy sub-headlines like “What Would Katniss do?” It is a crime that has turned the entire online community into potential peeping Toms with little-to-no accountability for the consumers of said stolen property/invasion of privacy. This is clearly a violation. It is a crime of theft with the intent to exploit its victims as punishment for the unpardonable sin of being female. A woman, be she in the public eye or a private citizen, has a right and privilege to take photos of herself for whatever reason she chooses. A woman, be she a celebrity or a regular citizen, has the right to store them in the same manner as her male peers without the presumption that they will be stolen by an act of cyber hackery. And if said photos exist and said photos are stolen, the shame of that act should be, nay must be, wholly on the perpetrator of said crime.
"Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A ‘Scandal.’ It’s A Sex Crime." — Scott Mendelson (x)
The Categorical Imperative
Person A: It’s awful what happened to Jennifer Lawrence, but this should be a lesson in keeping your data secure.
Person B: "It’s awful that girl got raped, but now she knows not to drink so much."
Person A: What? No!
Person A: And I can't believe you just compared leaked nudes — which, again, are terrible — with rape.
Person A: *Rape* is rape; to equate it with anything else is to trivialize it.
Person B: I’m not equating leaked nudes with rape; I’m equating your shaming of these celebrities with shaming of rape victims.
Person B: The two beliefs are fundamentally analogous: “The crime was terrible, but the victim shares responsibility.”
Person B: If you think what happened to Jennifer Lawrence should be a lesson, you must, by extension, think that what happens to rape victims should be a lesson.
Person A: But I don’t think that!
Person B: Yes, you do. *Or* you think the celebrities weren’t at fault. Intellectual consistency demands it.
Person A: WILL YOU STOP READING IMMANUEL KANT
Person B: NEVER
If I see one more person victim-blame Jennifer Lawrence, et al., for the leak of their private photos, I will probably not confront you but—rest assured. I will have very stern mock confrontations in my head.
It is disgusting, a blatant sex-crime, and an assumption of consent that was not given….
"Sure, your phone was hacked, your privacy was invaded and you were exploited but it’s still your fault."