Do I want to see Jennifer Lawrence naked? Sure. I’m a big fan, and I think she’s lovely. Do I want to help perpetuate a culture that sells women’s bodies like commodities, and violates people’s privacy? Not even a tiny bit.
This is the issue at the centre of the leaked photos of celebrities in the buff that has made the internet explode this week. The focus has been on charming, sexy and super-famous Jennifer Lawrence, but there are over 60 people whose privacy has been violated by some creepy internet pervert looking for bitcoins or some kind of pathetic five minutes of fame.
If you were famous, why would you take naked photos? I hear you cry. Well, why should anyone be ashamed to be naked? Why should these people have been afraid to share a private moment with a loved one? Many film actors travel a lot, and are in long-distance relationships with their partners. These things are meant to be secure. But aside from that, why should people whose jobs put them in the public eye not be able to have sex in private without some creep hacking their computer to get photos and videos? It’s not like ordinary people don’t do it. I’ve had friends whose boyfriends have shared intimate photographs, and it’s just as disgusting, but did the whole internet perv over them? Thankfully not, because they weren’t famous. We seem to think we own these people – especially these women – because we’ve seen them on TV. We don’t own them. They’re people like us, who want their privacy, and sometimes make the perfectly valid choice of taking private photos.
And let’s talk about the list. There are some male celebrities on it. I don’t know who, because no one cares. Everyone wants to ogle sexy naked Jennifer Lawrence, no one is interested in perving the naked men, or shaming them for daring to be naked/having sex.
So, I saw the post. I was curious. I’m sure we all are. But I didn’t click. And I’m not going to. Every click adds fuel to the fire that hacking people’s phones and computers to get to DELETED files sent within private relationships will earn you internet fame in the form of clicks and bitcoin. It’s a violation, it’s disgusting. You’re tacitly condoning the invasion of private moments from someone else’s life when you click, or google, or share. If we all just shrugged and said “we all knew that celebrities had sex, just like us, and were naked under their clothes just like us, and we are not really interested in your creepy stolen photos” then it would stop happening.
So please, just think before you click.