…Celebs got hacked
MY FINGER HOVERED over my mouse for a few minutes while I decided whether or not to click on a link that would take me into a celebrity’s private sex moment. They hadn’t chosen to share this with me and the rest of the world. I wasn’t entitled to take a look – and neither was the hacker who Nothing we haven’t seen before, right? It’s the kind of scandal that made Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian West household names. Difference is, depending on who you believe, Paris and Kim had been complicit in the distribution of their sex tapes.
Jennifer Lawrence, Winona Ryder, Keke Palmer, Kate Upton and others targeted by what’s been dubbed ‘The Fappening’ (fap is slang for masturbation) did not give their consent. Consent is what separates sex from rape. There seems to be a misguided sense that celebrities have no privacy and the reactions to the photo leak have been alarming. Certain sentiments echoed that of Elliot Rodgers, the Santa Barbara shooter who whined about a lack of attention from attractive women before going on a killing spree. With the patriarchal idea still prevalent that beautiful women exist solely for the enjoyment of men, many felt entitled to access these photographs. Cue the victim blaming, leading to Lena Dunham pointing out that saying you shouldn’t take naked photos if you don’t want them hacked, is as vulgar and incorrect as saying that wearing a mini-skirt invites rape.
I don’t agree with Jennifer Lawrence’s response in Vanity Fair that a sex crime has taken place; in neither the hacking nor viewing of these nude images (except, of course, the images featuring underage girls). It’s as misplaced as Charlize Theron equating press intrusion to rape. But this violation of privacy is misogyny at its most viral and vile. What disturbs me the most, though, is the sheer appetite the world has for these leaked images. It moves beyond looking at women’s naked bodies to getting off on images that seems that porn is no longer shocking enough.