Del Williams


Celebrity Nude Photos Crime Shatters Illusion of Safety

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We live with the illusion, or maybe delusion that we are safe in this world, particularly in our home. A place where we can have our most private moments not meant for others to see. If we lived in fear of who might access them, then odds are we would constantly be putting ourselves on pause.
  The theft of the nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence should remind us that there are some who are out to harm us, or, as in this case, just doing it for "points." These thieves, like trolls disregard the toll their efforts take on the people and the companies they use to gain access to private items.
   Apple is the "cat's meow" to the Apple fanbase, but these women were targeted using their product (iCloud), so we all need to consider that all of us could be targets at some point.
  Women have always had it tough on the Internet. For a supposed leveled playing field where all ideas can be shared, and everyone has an opinion. It seems that women, regardless of financial status or fame, have constantly been the targets of sexism, misogyny, and sexual objectification. To say nothing of the threats of rape and murder.
  Twitter has hid behind the free speech shield at the cost of the emotional safety of women. The fact that the thieves and their helpers were able to spread the photos on Twitter shows an ongoing problem. A problem that must be addressed, not by the victims, but Jack, himself.
  Lately there has been an onslaught of this negative behavior:
1. When Purge 2 was released, the hashtag was hijacked by men and used as a place to post nude photos of  female exes in a revengeful way.
2. The late Charlotte Dawson of Australia's Next Top Model was bullied for speaking out against bullying,  to the point where she took her life.
3. Robin William's daughter had to leave Twitter due to trolls bullying her about her father's suicide. They even sent her pictures of dead people.
   To make matters worse is the notion is that the victim is to blame. The argument has been that the women should not have taken nude photos of themselves, or a thief would not have had reason to steal them and put them out in public. Here's a thought, he would only have known of the photos AFTER the breach, so the photos were just a byproduct of the original crime. Here's a question, what was the hacker looking for originally? Was it nude photos or was it information which he now has or was unable to get?  How do we know that he didn't take everything he could, like a burglar? To blame the victim is like saying, if a thief breaks into your house, it's your fault for having one.
   The release (not leak) of these stolen items has also shown the values and ethics people live by. The ones who viewed them, and passed them around the web helped the criminal spread his crime instead of putting him in check and contacting law authorities. Men and media companies could have stopped this crime from spreading, but chose to participate in it for their own jollies, views, and profit. There are tons of post about how this crime is a sexual assault on these women, and proof of a rape culture. I think it is worse than that. I think it is a culture of indifference and entitlement which is a dangerous combination.
 It is entitlement because we are idiotic enough to think that everything a person does who is famous is meant for our fodder and entertainment. It is indifference because we don't care about the impact this will have on those women. We don't care how today they are feeling less safe in their own home, and using the Apple iPhone. People have had their peek, so who cares, right? Our illusion/delusion tells us It's not us. "It could "never" happen to us," forgetting about breaches at Target, JP Morgan, PlayStation and Home Depot to name a few.  Feeling safe?

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