Suggesting Preventive Measures Is Not Necessarily Victim Blaming

A couple of editorials that I pretty much agree with:

(Link):  Hackers expose nude photos of celebrities, but who’s at fault?

  • by S E Cupp [who is an atheist and a woman]
  • A pseudo-intellectual debate of sorts has emerged online over who is to blame for hackers who found and then publicly posted hundreds of nude photos of celebrities from iCloud. This blame game shifts responsibility from an obvious fact: It just isn’t wise to keep nude photos of yourself on your computer if you don’t want them made public.
  • Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5:56 PM
  • …This elaborate blame game shifts responsibility from an obvious fact: It just isn’t wise to keep nude photos of yourself on the cloud if you don’t want them made public.No, I’m not excusing the hackers, who of course ought to pay for their crimes. Nor am I trying to stifle the right of women to express themselves sexually. I am simply stating what, to most of rational America, is already obvious.
  • …Also things like feminism, which is invoked here for I’m not sure what reason, but presumably because the story involves women who are naked. And for some, that tenuous connection really is enough.Yet these defenders of the well-defended are downright indignant that you would dare to suggest a simple solution, as if posing for nude pictures is not only the right of every celebrity (who looks as good as Kate Upton does) but nothing short of a feminist statement.
  • …Amanda Hess on Slate also thinks you’re a terrible person for not understanding that the hacking is nothing less than “a widespread attack on female sexual agency,” and says “don’t take nude selfies” is “gross advice” akin to victim-blaming.
  • ….The response to rational people like Gervais, in addition to accusing them of slut-shaming and victim-blaming, is to liken the photos to other everyday things we use and don’t want stolen.“Make it harder for hackers to steal your credit card # by not owning a credit card #rickygervaislogic” wrote Professor Mary Anne Franks (@ma_franks) on Twitter.

    Um, no. This is the flawed logic of people who can see victims in everything, and yet to whom common sense remains an invisible, elusive mythology.

    For one, unless we are fugitives, we must use credit cards. We do not yet live in a world where we must take nude photos (though I’m sure we would if Lena Dunham had her way).

  • For another, owning things that are valuable, like flashy cars, expensive jewelry or photos of naked celebrities, does actually make you more susceptible to theft. This is not victim-blaming but a fact, and people who own these things know this.
  • ((click here to read the rest))

(Link): Jennifer Lawrence Nude Pics Highlight Ongoing Struggle With Chivalry


  • This past weekend, photos of beautiful female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kate Upton were stolen and posted online. These private photos showed celebrity women in their altogether and rapidly spread throughout social media as people, most of us completely enslaved to our lusts, gave ourselves over to impropriety and lack of discipline. We humans are really good at that.
  • [some writers suggested that telling women not to take nude self portraits and/or upload them was akin to telling people to stop using online banking or credit cards]
  • …. And here’s the question, then. What’s the loss protection on images of your naked body? I’ve also had online credit card problems. I once lost $300 at an ATM in Mexico. Took me a few months to get the money back. But I got the money back. Other than the time, I was made whole. How does one “get back” the photos of your naked body? Our online culture has many upsides, but the speed with which private photos can be spread around the world is not one of them.
  • [Regarding writers who suggested that perhaps people should not take or upload nude self portraits and who were then shouted down on Twitter and other sites]
  • …. One can simultaneously note that the thieves are the wrong ones and also discuss ways to avoid having — quite literally — naked pics of yourself out there for all the world to see. Or we used to be able to have those discussions. Those times are over in our more “tolerant” era.
  • Rape Culture and Nail Polish
  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown had a good round-up of such reactions — which came from mainstream feminists — over at Reason’s Hit & Run in her piece (Link): “When ‘Preventing Rape Promotes Rape’, You’re Doing Feminism Wrong.” She wrote, “teaching men not to rape and helping women avoid rape aren’t mutually exclusive options.”
  • I’m honestly not sure how much “blaming the victim” was a real thing and how much was hyped up by modern feminists, but we’ve gone so far in the other direction that calls for common sense behavior (e.g. “don’t get falling down drunk at a frat house“) are responded to with abject horror. And that’s not helpful to women either.
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Related posts:

(Link):  How Feminists Are Making Women Easier Rape Targets

(Link): Celibate Shaming from an Anti- Slut Shaming Secular Feminist Site (Hypocrisy) Feminists Do Not Support All Choices

(Link): Inconsistency on Feminist Site – Choices Have Consequences