Let’s not victim blame. Let’s not say things like “Well, if she wasn’t a celebrity they wouldn’t get spread around” or “if she didn’t take nude photos of herself this would not have happened.” She is a victim. It doesn’t matter if she is a star. She is a victim. And this all has very little to do with making money off the photos and everything to do with exerting power over a woman and making her feel helpless and weak and exploited.
I’d like to highlight this point.
There’s always an excuse when something like this happens.
"She’s a celebrity" is as weak an excuse as "she shouldn’t have taken the nude photos" is when assholes sell their ex-girlfriends shots ala so-called "revenge porn".
I have no issue if someone is approached and offered a financial incentive to pose for a magazine shot. I have no issue if someone is willing to put themselves out there, that’s completely different.
Lets call these events what they are - media rape. Every time we turn around and excuse it by saying “it’s part of the package deal” and that whether we like it or not well, it’s just the way it is “because them the rules” you forget one very important thing.
By condoning, we effectively make them the rules.
My arse isn’t worth $1000 per megapixel, but what if it was?
When does the sense of entitlement over a person or their assets - be they visual, intellectual or physical - stop?
Does the fact that I get paid a certain amount mean that my employer has the right to my home computer drives? Does the fact that my clients pay over $2000 a day to have my consulting services give them the right to invade my home? Does the fact that an actress provides us with entertainment mean that her entire life is ours to exploit?
Be careful about not speaking out when first they come for those with fame, for there may be no one left to speak for you in the end.
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