“But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.
This is what rape culture looks like.
This is what misogyny looks like.”
A few weeks ago, I opened by my browser and was met with an influx of articles telling me that (great news!) I could now see private images of my favourite celebrities, all for the small price of my soul and their dignity, privacy and human rights, as both individuals and females. Since then, Ive been met with rape jokes, jokes about the images, a complete lack of disregard for the privacy of the individuals involved and people feeling they have the right to view the images. One thing is for certain – theses images have begun a much needed discussion on privacy, sexuality and the female body.
The article above, by The Belle Jar is a perfect summary of how this issue affects us all – what are your thoughts?